“The Championship was an epic series with conditions ranging from flat water with no wind to big lake chop and 22 knots of breeze. The series consisted of all types of racing conditions. Friday started with a light northerly breeze with small ripple waves. Two races where sailed in ideal El Toro moderate conditions. A few wind shifts where taken advantage of by Nick Nash and Art Lange to win the opening days’ two races.
The fleet got a slow start Saturday morning because the wind was non existent. The first race sailed with ideal El Toro conditions with Patrick Tera leading from the start. As the second race got underway the wind and waves built from the west. By the start of the third race the conditions tested all the sailors with epic wind puffs reaching into the twenties. Almost all the senior sailors finished and all the junior fleet completed the races.
The Sunday winds started nicely for racing with a southerly six knots and flat water. After all the boats were on the course the wind dropped off to almost nothing. Only one boat had the opportunity to get all the way around the course but was well beyond the time limit.
Saturday Patrick Tera was comfortable in a the light, medium and challenging wind conditions to go on to win two of the races and win the series.
There was continuing conversation about the new boats and the older wood boats. The wood boats with wood masts did well in the light and moderate conditions but the carbon masts and fiberglass hulls took the punishment of the high wind conditions. All the racing was done in the open portion of the lake. Usual conditions for Clear Lake sailing is moderate winds. Clear Lake rarely disappoints.”
Seniors, Top Four
Buzz Blackett RYC 15 points
Juniors, Top Four
Chase Inglehart RYC 10 points
Thank you again to Gordie Nash on the words and a successful event.