Morjito’s Ditch Run
Well, that was unexpected!
After coming off a lackluster performance at Whiskeytown (which was a blast nonetheless) we were ready for a little Ditch Run Redemption. Actually, I should explain that the desire for Ditch Run Redemption started in 2010 when we brought Morjito down for what turned out to be a largely upwind Ditch. At about 11:00 PM on that race, frustrated by the prospect of a post midnight finish, stressed out by our one-year-old daughter waiting with her grandparents at SSC, we pulled out a paddle in a moment of near zero breeze. DSQing ourselves, we managed to get in a few strokes before the breeze filled again and we proceeded to sail to the now irrelevant finish line. Earlier in that race we had been somewhere in the middle of the pack when we skipped mark 19 (never bring a charting GPS) and only realized the error when we crossed tacks (yes, still going upwind) with another boat who informed us of the error about ¼ mile up the course. Well, at least we got to do SOME downwind sailing that year while untying the string…
A familiar crackle was heard out on the water… familiar but not recent and this had us all tilting our heads to one side like dogs to a whistle. What the eff is that we all thought and then the gun went off so we just got on with it. Ten Moores LAST in the starting sequence and getting off the line after the first fleets were headed to the bar already! Did we get the cheap seats or what? Well, what is the answer as by the time we collected a first place whistle (don’t invest a single shotgun shell for us!) it was a dollar of entry fee per minute of racing. Consolation is that the $$ is going to a good cause so we just sent the chute and rushed home before getting wet.
Here is the blow by blow for those who missed the WINDY one!
Our pathetic little fleet made it to the "Olympic Circle" on Saturday only to discover that SFYC must not come to the East Bay very much as they seemed to be a little lost and setup against the Berkeley Pier, well to the south of the Circle. We were caught napping at X and almost missed the start in beautiful #1 conditions.
Sailing Instructions are now posted at the SCYC website.
Thanks to everyone for your flexibility... we have a new date for Nationals
Our new date is September 28, 29 and 30. The new date will accomodate the America's cup sailing that is scheduled for our original date.
Wow, Big breeze and Big waves and we did not even need to go to the Columbia River!
After a long postponement on shore waiting for wind, we did get on the water at last when a NW filled in. With a 4 knot ebb to kick the waves we all had plenty on. Big jibs for the first beat of the first race then most went to the #3 for the balance of the racing. Getting out to the middle of the bay on the beats and surviving the runs seemed to the plan for the weekend.
The regatta was a big hit with the sail makers as flogging, ragging and shrimping were the order.