by David Dale-Johnson
July 21 and 22 offered almost perfect conditions for the July One Design Regatta. Mostly sunshine with wind speeds from the west in the 8 to 12 knot range made for a great sailing weekend. Most expected the westerly to die toward the end of each day but that did not happen. Perfect Dragon sailing conditions for English Bay.
The race committee set the course to the west of the club to avoid the usual collection of anchored freighters and to increase the likelihood of a steady breeze. And the strategy worked. Stars and Martin 242s joined the regatta on Saturday with Stars and a couple of 6 Metres out on Sunday. The westerly was pretty consistent and there were not excessive currents at the weather mark. The only weird sailing condition was an occasional header at the layline on port tack to the weather mark making an early tack from the beach a winner.
Nicola is the new owner of Dragonfly, USA315, a 1948 McGruer. She is moored on Martha's Vineyard in Vineyard Haven harbor. She will be having extensive work done on Dragonfly this summer at Gannon & Benjamin (gannonandbenjamin.com), who will be replacing her backbone, garboards, a couple of planks up from the garboards and a large percentage of her frames. This year is her 70th birthday and she had gotten to the point were this work needed to be done in order for it to be safe to launch her. So far, they have already removed the keel. Soon she will be turned over so that they can begin removing the back bone and planks. Photos to come...
We had 4 boats out this year for CRW June 16 and 17
USA 277 Al Hensel
USA 256 Tom James
USA 253 Ken Focazio
USA 261 Mark DeYoung
We shared a course with J22’s and Stars. The CRW race committee did a great job in the most challenging conditions on Saturday. Only 2 races on Saturday counted. One was abandoned. Wind directions were all over the place - 160, 220, 330, 0, then back to 330. 5-10knots all day. Wind was Clocking 30 degrees every ½ hour all day then backing at the end. After racing was fun with plenty of Rum and Vodka.
Long postponement on shore with hardly a breath of air on Sunday. Finally got towed out to the course and got 1 race in and a drifter 1 lap race. Bleah.
The Cleveland Dragon Fleet races on Sundays and Wednesdays and usually have 5 Dragons at the start.
Anne Garrett is the National Secretary for the American Dragon Association and has been sailing and racing Dragons since the early 80s.
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