The Robie Pierce One-Design regatta effort got off to a rocky start when Pierce decided to attack a posting by the Dawg (who is a paraplegic sailor as well as the guy who keeps this site running). Robie’s dumb-ass comments to both Dawg and the Ed got people talking about the event, and convinced a pile of SAers to attend – maybe not so dumb-ass after all? Anyway the regatta happened this weekend, and by all accounts was a big success. Here is a report from our favorite Gold Medalist’s better half, RockHead:
The RC did a great job actually getting off 5 races on Saturday, as the mostly <5 knot breeze shifted around through about 270 degrees. My team struggled in the light stuff, with the skipper and I both being fairly big boys. For all of two beats the breeze ramped up all the way to about 7 knots and we could actually get moving okay when I could hike, then it would soften again. I sure can roll tack that boat as I dive head-first through the vang triangle though! Who’s sig is it that says, "Long Island Sound: Where it always blows and sometimes there’s wind"? That kept running through my mind repeatedly on Saturday! I grew up sailing out of Mamaroneck, the low-budget harbor just in from Rye, and just as I recall, as soon as were were ashore, the seabreeze really filled in with a nice 8-10. My Dad used to call it the "cocktail breeze;” the best conditions of the day – while everyone is ashore having cocktails (which we were!).