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The Yin and Yang of Midwinter Racing
February 20, 2011
Saturday's racing could be considered the 'yin', with rain, not much wind, and lots of current. "Cold, wet and wild," said one skipper, describing Saturday's Corinthian Midwinter. "Not wild at all," countered another racer. "There was supposed to be some rain, but it rained all day," said another.
Although the boats pictured here made it around the course, they started early in the sequence and suffered less ebb than the later starters. The ebb got going early on account of the run-off from all that rain. And cold? Somewhere under the rain clouds, Mt. Tam was covered in snow.
Unfortunately for those who started later in the sequence, the ebb was too much. Six divisions failed to have any finishers on Saturday.
If Saturday was the yin, then Sunday was the yang. Still cold, but mostly sunny, and with ten knots of healthy westerly, even the slow boats could get around the Corinthian's courses. New this year, CYC has added a non-counter bonus race to the series, on March 19. Their website was down for a bit this evening, but you can find the results now at www.cyc.org.
Meanwhile, on the Estuary, the Oakland YC's Sunday Brunch series continued, with a gusty westerly breeze and warm sunshine. Although the racers had to sail through a fleet of Opti kids racing in a BAYS regatta a few times, no incidents were reported, and a good time was had by all. In this series two weeks ago, a bad collision between a Columbia 5.5 and a Santana 22 resulted in serious injury requiring an ambulance. You can read more about that on OYC's site. The series finishes up with one more race on March 6, and single race entries are welcome.
For more photos of Sunday's Estuary race see this gallery.
Saturday's South Beach YC race was postponed, thankfully before anyone left the dock. They finally abandonned the race due to lack of wind. You can check the standings in their Island Fever series at www.southbeachyachtclub.org.