by Paul Cayard
We had three races Saturday in 6-10 knots of wind from the North West in 45F temperatures.
Our highlight was winning race #2 by a healthy margin. Nailed the pin end and played the left. In the other two, we had a 13 and a 7. We finished 8th overall. Fairly happy with that.
We started getting the hang of the Lightning by the end of the weekend. The winner was Skip Dieball who sails Lightnings a fair amount as well as Thistles.
My friend and fellow Star sailor Augie Diaz did very well and finished 5th.
I had a good time meeting the people who I did not know who were mostly from the Midwest. There was quite a spread in age through the fleet. Plenty of women sailing as well. Our third crew member, Christine was fantastic. 108 pounds of steel. She was great at calling the puffs and she knows the Lightning very well. She is a pediatrician up in Wisconsin so we were all set if Austin or I got injured.
I am on my way home now for a couple of weeks before heading down to Virgin Gorda for the Bitter End Pro Am.
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