Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007 Orange Bowl - Day 1 Report

29 LISOT Opti sailors and 10 420's have made the trip to Biscayne Bay for this years' annual Orange Bowl Regatta at Coral Reef Yacht Club.

Sunny skies, warm 80 degree temps and, unfortunately, calm winds have greeted everyone.

In his new role as LISOT Opti head coach, Trevor Moore and a strong coaching team of Erik Storck, Kaity Storck and Alejandro Primavera have been great at keeping everyone prepared, hydrated and focused in the hot Florida sun.

After an on-shore postponement until 12:30, racing was abandoned midway through the first race on the Opti course. The wind was 4-5 knots at the start, but never filled in and began to fade as the first flight reached the gate around 3pm.

Neither the 420s or any of the Lasers got a race off. Needless to say, the usual pileup at haulout was in full form. And in classic CRYC tradition, everyone got their boats out quickly and orderly despite what always looks like total chaos, but never actually is.

Tomorrow's forecast is for East 10-15. Based on the lack of wind this past week, anything approaching 10 knows will be welcome.

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