Everyone thought the day would be a Sailor's dream on Sunday for the Vickie Cup Triangle race. Wind was predicted at 10 to 11 mph without any gusts, and the clouds were to yield to warm sunshine for the participants. However, Murphy's law overruled these little details, and the racer's were greeted with 15 to 20 mph WITH gusts!
It took race committee quite a while to set marks so they would not drift..and even the committee boat had to be readjusted multiple times to get the race course "Square" to the wind conditions. Rear Commodore, Tom Yeagle, did a Yeoman's job and really set a super windward/Leeward course.
All participants survived the blustery conditions and as the three races got underway, the winds started to diminish somewhat (but there were still whitecaps!). The dinghies like the Flying Scot were planing downwind under spinnaker, and the cabin boats did not have it much easier, especially the ones "single-handed." Perry Biddle, fighting the gusts, was trying to fly a genoa on his 26 ft Balboa and broke a block on his mainsheet. In the second race rounding the windward mark, he had wily veteran Bill Vokac to windward coming around, causing him to lose concentration and hit the mark (a real no, no)! After the race when asked how things went, Perry made it clear that it SUCKED!
Jerry Christman took first on Synergy (Capri 22), and Joe Budden was close on his stern taking second. Bill Vokac took third on his Mac 25. Rick Wojnar led the dinghy fleet with Craig Rost second. Kudos to Dick Hansen on "Blue Chip" as he single handed the vessel throughout without any mishaps!