A Great Day on the Water

On the back side of Douglas this past Saturday it all came together for a group of sailors to enjoy another wonderful summer day in Juneau. Yes they are rare this year, but we all got lucky when we decided to go sailing with SEAS. The fog kept visibility at about a mile as Tango, Lyric, Loa’a Nalu and Haiku gathered around the committee boat, for a start off Marmion Island at 1000.

Drifting around the south corner of Douglas on a light westerly we were delighted to find a pleasant 10 knot breeze filling the course down to Pt. Hilda. As expected, Haiku took an early and dominant lead as the remaining three traded a few tacks to make the half way turn off Pt. Hilda.

A very pleasant and sunny spinnaker run back to the south end of Douglas found Tango sliding through the inevitable Marmion hole, with Loa’a Nalu  with in a ¼ mile of her stern, Haiku was long gone. 

See the results.

The Very Windy SEAS Kick-Off Race

Three sailboats motored to the Marmion Island starting line to race in SEAS Kickoff race to start the 2012 SEAS season. Surprise, Tango, and Haiku met at the south end of the channel in very light conditions to discuss the race.

Since the wind appeared to be filling in from the south, the skippers decided that the circumnavigation of Grand Island would be the race most likely to have wind.  So, as the wind built to about 10 knots, the boats maneuvered around the pre-start, and began the race at 10:25. 

Haiku got out to a strong start, followed by Surprise and Tango.  As the boats passed Pt. Arden, the wind began to build to about 20 knots.  The seas were building and the race was beginning to heat up.  Surprise and Tango were able to reef their sails and made up a lot of ground on the overpowered Haiku.  

SEAS Kick-off Weekend a Success

The SEAS BBQ and nautical treasures sale was a success.  In true southeast Alaska spring fashion we all huddled under the protection of a Sandy Beach Shelter, and had food and drinks around a fire, defying wind and rain.  Bargains were had (should have seen the “Free” table!), stories told, and plans made for the upcoming sailing season.  About 35 or so attendees came and went, in spite of the weather.

Labor Day Races Results

 The final series of SEAS Cup races took place over the Labor Day weekend. With Toison D’Or acting as committee boat, leg one found  Lyric WR, Surprise, Haiku, Tango, Optiminium and Loa’a Nalu on the line at Mayflower Island. Under heavy rain and low visibility the fleet clawed its way down the channel, sailing a course which has been being raced for more than 20 years. With a variable head wind for most of the race, it was a long day of wet challenging sailing. Haiku and Surprise kept close quarters for most of the race. About half a mile north of Pt. Aden, Surprise was able to take the lead when a 20 knot breeze forced Haiku to make a sail change and Surprise just rolled in some of her jib and hung on.