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Skipper's Choice #3 Race Results

Despite a gloomy forecast, the weather was actually pretty good for last Saturday's race.  The fog lifted, the rain didn't happen, and the wind steadily built during the day. Shortly after the start (thanks to Thalia for acting as committee boat) the race became a downwind spinnaker run to Point Hilda.  Haiku was first across the start line and led the fleet throughout the race, with High Noon running second.   Asterix very slowly pulling ahead of Thalia on the downwind run and

Sailing Safety Class….Fight or Flight? Try Invention. Try Play.

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) was in town April 25-26, conducting Emergency Drill Conductor training for SEAS. AMSEA’s “Fog Fury 1000” smoke machine made for spooky drills aboard Optiminium and Thalia.  Before drilling, the class worked through drill scenarios in “Beating Odds on Northern Waters,” including crew overboard, fire, flooding, and abandon ship. (http://www.amazon.com/Beating-Odds-Northern-Waters-Fishing/dp/1566120780)

Wet and Wild

The forecast for Saturday morning’s Admiralty Cove race start was 90% chance of rain and a 10 knot Southeasterly breeze. SEAS racers motored down the Channel to the start line with a steady downpour of rain and not a breath of wind (except the kind a moving boat creates). As the 4-boat fleet of Loa’a Nalu, Haiku, Thalia & Optiminium gathered at Marmion Island for the start, everyone was suited up for the conditions and smiling at a nice breeze. Lyric (WR), serving as Committee Boat, would build anticipation for the start by voicing ‘5-second’ countdowns prior to each timing mark & hitting the horn on a couple others. As boats tacked back & forth below the line, the ripples on the water filled in along the Marmion end of the course and into Stephens Passage.

 

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