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Arch Angel and E.T. in the Antrim 27 PCCs. ©2011 Erik Simonson/www.pressure-drop.us
Wyliecat 30, Antrim 27 and U20 Regatta
October 11, 2011
Our anonymous source, embedded deep in the Richmond YC race committee, reports on the activity last weekend at that busy club.
This was sort a low overhead fleet week: Wyliecat 30 Intergalactics with PCCs for the Ultimate 20s and Antrim 27s. Here’s the finish committee on the RIB fending off Ultimate 20 Breakaway, their first of three 'hookers' for the day:
They later fended off – “oh no not again!” – another Ultimate. The Ultimates were nothing compared to a heavier, faster Antrim 27 like Bryce Griffith’s. When Arch Angel’s keel hooked the anchor line the RIB took off on a Nantucket sleigh ride, albeit a short one. Later a couple of Wyliecats approaching too close were shooed off. A current was running down the start-finish line. Even with a ballast on the anchor line our finish boat made too tempting a target for those keels.
Everybody had a ball on Saturday: three races with no waiting boom-boom-boom starts, a good three-four hours of sailing in really good 12-13 breeze and sun. Flying by were Snowbirds, B1 bombers and Angels (the other kind).
One of the Ultimates had what they termed “erectile dysfunction” - they couldn’t get the kite up or couldn’t get it down. It’s also possible they were having so much fun they didn’t want to take it down.
Ultimate 20 winner Michael Eisenberg from down San Diego way with Toon Town loved the short chop and breeze. “We don’t get this at home.” Antrim 27 sailor John Liebenberg with his seasoned pros on Always Friday got challenged but won the day.
Three different Wyliecats got the gun. Steve Wonner's Uno won the series with scores of 2-2-1. Steve Seal and John Skinner were one point back on Silkye, and Russell Long was a point behind them.
On Sunday, we didn't get off any races. We had a steady 2.6 knots with puffs to 3.5. With the contrails from the airshow standing still over the Cityfront, all the race committee could do was putt-putt through the fleet mooching cookies and some terrific brownies. By mutual agreement racing was abandonned at 1:30, so of course the wind filled a little after 2:00.