Gorgeous day on Lake Pontchartrain

Published on March 18th, 2014

New Orleans, LA (March 18, 2014) – The first day of the Flying Scot Midwinters got off to a slow – though sunny – start with light and shifty winds waffling between northwest and northeast and all points in between. The first start was postponed briefly in anticipation of a southern wind filling in. However, when it did not immediately appear, race management went ahead and ran two races in occasionally patchy conditions.

A third race was begun but then abandoned late in the game as Lake Pontchartrain turned into glass. As soon as competitors dropped their sails and began to get towed in, the perky southern breeze finally filled in. Perhaps it will stay around for tomorrow’s races!

Locals were favored as Dave Bolyard Jr, of New Orleans Yacht Club, and Larry Taggert, of Southern Yacht Club, are 1-2 in the standings after the first day. Racing continues through Friday, with a total of eight races scheduled.

Preliminary results are here: http://www.fssa.com/content/2014-fssa-midwinter-championship-regatta-1

Report by Deb Aronson

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