Tim Wright reports that sailing on Thursday, October 5, was exceptional. The wind was good, and varied from almost too much to just enough. Sailors who showed up for the afternoon got in many races that weren't scored, but there was no scarcity of competition.
It's hard to believe the sailing season is almost over and the dock comes out soon, but we've had some outstanding days for the US12s -- although a recent one was called for too much wind! Time is approaching fast to put boats into workshops and prepare for next season. Hopefully, however, we can sail one or two more afternoons before the final race is called.
Fall Sailing -- Just the Best
About fifteen skippers came out for the October 10 regatta. Greeted by ten- to fifteen-mph winds, a few were reluctant to wet their rudder, but for the most part, the rest jumped right in for a great day of sailing. Sunshine, temperatures in the low seventies and brightly colored trees lining the bay, coupled with less pressure to score well, brings out the best sailing.
New skipper Nelson Steiner is making great progress after just two weeks with his #5335. There's a lot to learn -- both in tuning the boat and sailing it with speed. Even minor adjustments can make a big difference. Then there are the rules of sailing. Who has the right of way and putting yourself in the best position to succeed.
While the higher winds clear the bay of weeds, there were still a few lurking in the water. This week's weed winner was Paul McBride, pulling off a three-footer.
Join the Fun
The Solings sail on Tuesdays, the US12's on Thursdays, both starting at 1 PM, weather permitting. If you prefer weekends, the Laconia club welcomes sailors on Lily Pond in Gilford Sunday mornings at 9 AM.
It's a great show, so bring your camera. For those who'd like to try their hand at the helm, we love to share. The younger set also can give the sport a try, using boats we bring just for them to sail.