Friday afternoon and into Saturday, our first cool front of the season rolled through making for dynamic sailing conditions. Saturday morning started breezy (12-18), cool and rainy for the Mercury and Gemini fleets so they began the day indoors watching “Morning Light” about a crew of late teens-early twentys people that came together to sail a big boat in a race from California to Hawaii. After a while, the sky cleared so they went sailing. By the time the Mercury and Artemis fleets were ready to sail in the afternoon it was very pleasant. The Mercury fleet had a guest coach, Dick Tillman, a former Olympic sailor, champion in several classes and a true gentleman. We are hopeful that he will come to other practices as well and share tuning, tactics and mental and physical training ideas. Conditions were ideal for the Dolphins practice on Monday.
By Sunday the wind subsided to 8-10 and the sky cleared to make ideal sailing conditions for Florida East Coast Series regatta in Vero Beach. The 31 boat 420 fleet was the largest Artemis has ever sailed in. With crowded starts and boats everywhere on the racecourse, placing a premium on good starts and clean air. Ben sailed his Open Skiff masterfully with finishes of 1,2,1,1 to win the regatta. With regatta finishes of 2,1,1, he stretched his lead of the series. Pia, Ethan, Kai and Landon all sailed every race and gained great experience sailing on the same course as the huge 420 fleet.
Due to the cool front passage, the Atlantic was pretty rough so an ocean race in Ft. Pierce that we were planning to sail on Saturday was cancelled. There will be other chances for our team to experience ocean sailing on a big boat, another way to enjoy the sport of sailing.
The wine and beer tasting fundraiser that was planned for November 21 has been postponed until January 23, 2020. It was taking longer to organize and promote the event so the decision was made to postpone so that a quality event is assured.
Our end-of-the-semester Holiday party is still planned for December 11. Kara Mathews is organizing the gala so it is going to be fun. Stay tuned for more details and please offer to help her.
Speaking of the end of the semester, practices will continue on Saturday and Monday until December 16. Sailing will resume January 11, 2020.