Former Nacra 5.2 North American Champion Jim Leonard sailing an EVO HT surprised the fleet by winning the one and only race today at the A-Class NAC. It was an extremely tough race for the 43 boat fleet that saw many lead changes in the light (5-7 knots) and very shifty (30-40 degree oscillations) breeze with the final half of the downwind leg being influenced by the wind line off of a massive squall line that resulted in cancellation of the racing for the remainder of the day.
Leonard and Matt Struble worked a shift with pressure on the left side of the second beat to lead the fleet down the final downwind leg. The end of the leg featured some excitement as the breeze shifted right another 40 degrees and built to 18-20 knots. Leonard just nipped Matt across the line and the pair were followed closely by Pete Melvin, Pease Glaser, Skip Elliott, Bob Hodges, Ben Moon, and Randy Smyth. The most unfortunate was Lars Guck who was in fourth but had a spectacular capsize less than 15 yards from the finish. I think he still finished in the top 10.
Forecast looks promising for tomorrow with SE winds at 10-15 knots.