Light winds at Flying Scot North Americans
Published on July 17th, 2013
Sixty-eight teams are competing in the Flying Scot North American Championships in Mooresville, NC, hosted by Lake Norman Yacht Club on July 15-19.
The Flying Scot North Americans got off to a very light-wind start. On Monday and Tuesday (July 15-16), three qualifying races were scheduled but only one was sailed on Monday. Tuesday sailors sat on shore doing wind dances, to no avail.
Wednesday (July 17), the start of the championships, brought light wind out of the east/northeast. The race committee set a five-leg windward-leeward course. The boats that went right benefitted from some shifts and velocity that the left side of the course missed out on. Alan and Katie Terhune of Annapolis Yacht Club placed first, Harry Carpenter and Courtney Dunham from Deep Creek Yacht Club were second and Kelly and Heidi Gough from Corinthian Sailing Club were third.
The second race the conditions were about the same, with light winds between 30 and 60 degrees. Greiner Hobbs and Robert Hobbs, from Davis Island Yacht Club, took an early lead the second race and held on to it for three legs at which point the race committee shortened the course as the wind died. Jeff and Amy Linton, also of Davis Island Yacht Club were second and Rob Whittemore and John Wake of Fishing Bay Yacht Club were third.
In the challenger fleet, Frank and Marianne Gerry from Clinton Lake Sailing Association are in first after two races and Don Smith and Chris Kicinski of host club, Lake Norman Yacht Association are in second place.
Later in the afternoon severe thunderstorms moved through the area.
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