The forecast was 30% rain, cool weather following a huge cold front that ravished the area the night before. We arrived early to launch SilverSwan after a couple weeks of dry dock with keelbolt R&R. With new fasteners where appropriate, sealed and tightened, she was launched just before the start of the race. The captains meeting discussed the mark objective of mile marker 11, round the island or until the marker is directly 180 degrees to the south. Kirk, not feeling up to the trip, decided to miss the trip but managed to snagged a few photos as we cleared the rocks at the North Channel to the islands.
Reverie and Mariah made the start on time, Silverswan was a little crew challenged ( single-handed) and missed the start by 2 minutes. We were on a close reach down the lake with 10 to 15 knots, and more in puffs. Reverie made excellent advantage of her hull speed and started to leave a good distance between Mariah and SilverSwan. Mariah and SilverSwan were neck and neck for several miles.
Reverie made the turn first, SilverSwan second and Mariah third. On the way back Kirk snapped a few more photos.
It is very uncommon that we have steady winds that allow us to complete this race on port tack going up and just starboard returning.
There were the funny swirlies at the areas blanked by the bluff to the north where we went through the narrows. Other than that it was fantastic sailing.
We completed the race and met at the club house to tell the tall tails of who put on the best show with the worst broach and who almost ran aground.
Reverie finished at 12:53
SilverSwan at 12:58
Mariah at 13:23
Reverie 157 Min.
Mariah 175 Min.
SilverSwan 187 Min.
Special to Kirk and Don for the pictures!!