Auke Rec Beach Party and Favorite Channel Race
Light Air Makes for Slow Sailing and Slow Gun Running!
I am sorry for the delay in posting the account of what happened the weekend of July 11-12, but the results of the races were slowed as the SEAS Club Handicapper was galavanting about in Northern Southeast Alaska's hot springs.
Shoreless, Loaa Nalu, and Haiku came around Douglas Island to join High Noon from Auke Bay to Aaron Island and back on Saturday, but were might by light winds and fast currents. All of the boats eventually dropped out of the race with Shoreless making it the farthest down course by nearly passing Pt. Lena (1/4 of the way through the race).
But the SEAS sailors were not to be deterred, as the light winds made for a great beach party at Auke Rec. Aspiring, potential, and experienced sailors gathered at Auke Rec to enjoy the musical musings of Slow Gun Runner.
Aside from the great music, there was great food and IPA beer generously donated by The Alaska Brewing Company.
The author would like to take this moment and sign the praises of Alaskan IPA, but of course only to people over 21.
Many new members signed up and have already participated in club events, including the buoy racing on Sunday!
Light winds and wake filled seas greeted the SEAS racers the next day, as they attempted to sail in Auke Bay for the roaring crowds (okay I made that up).
Only one buoy race was held due to light air, and High Noon was the only boat to finish the course, in around 2 hours. Newcomer Rain Dog was joined by Haiku and Loaa Nalu as the boats that were unable to finish in the light air.
For more pictures of the party, check out our Photo Gallery.