2007-03-01 / News

Sailors enjoy warm weather

By John Horton

Frostbite sailors returned to East Ferry on Sunday. Sunny skies, light easterly winds and 35 degrees provided for a second straight good-weather weekend after weeks of being frozen out or blown out.

Racing is in Shellback dinghies that can capsize, so the 20/20 rule is used to decide sailing days. Over 20 knots of wind or below 20 degrees usually cancels the racing.

On Feb. 25, the race committee got as much of a work out as the sailors. For the first race, the race committee of Dick Allphin and George Rice set up a windward leeward course parallel to the Shoreby Hill beach in a light northerly wind.

After the first race the wind direction moved around to the east and then to the south by the time the fifth race got under way. Between races the committee had to go set a new windward turning mark and then create a new starting line to match. For the last two races the government buoy marking the channel to the marina was used as the windward mark.

Henry Siegal earned the "most improved" award for the day by winning a race and earning third for the day. John Quinn won overall with 8 points. John Horton was second with 15 points; Henry Siegal was third with 16; Joe Logan was fourth with 23; Doc Clarke was fifth with 24; Rob Salk was sixth with 25; and Terry Jones was seventh with 29.

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