Oceanside Ice Breaker Regatta
February 10, 2019
After being delayed by a real popular, but boring football game last weekend, 8 racing boats, from Lido 14, Fleet 21 prepared for sailing under foreboding dark clouds, and predictions for showers and hard gusty wind. With rainfall levels at 150% of normal, we expected to be washed out before the afternoon was done.
Jean Gregory's Islander 36, Southwind, dominated the start / finish line, with Rocket, Mike, Sandy, and Madame X watching the Fleets every move.
The frequent shifts in wind pressure and direction were a problem for the racers to overcome, and resulted in several pauses for the Race Committee to re-square their starting line.
Editors comments: Oceanside's outer basin is where this editor grew up sailing and remembers all the good times sailing there.
Hu and Andrea in Killer Shrimp displayed a quick study, and placed a bullet on the score-sheet for the first of 5 scheduled races. Aboard Slippery When Wet, Steve, another past Fleet Champion, reposted with an Ace in the second race. Jack left A Little Quickie in the driveway, and handled front end duties for Steve.
Three new competitors entered the competition for Series Honors. John Hoover and his bride brought Tim Gallagher's Aunt Frances out to play. Kaipo and Holly brought his new ride, and Connecticut racer, Randy Bourne, chartered Pete Golan's Water Board to test against the Fleet.
T-Rex (Trevor) who is at home on the big boy's Olympic Finn, demonstrated the power of movable ballast in the increasing pressure as the afternoon progressed. Nick and Lexi handled the increasingly difficult conditions skillfully in Vida Vela.
Jamie and the Angels on A-Team performed brilliantly in the flat water and light sunny early conditions, and even better when the breeze piped up during the last race. Even the brief showers failed to slow their consistent performances. Their show of skill earned the First Place trophy awarded by Fleet Captain Steve Rhodes, back in Oceanside Yacht Club's Refreshment Reef Room. The sailors enjoyed the fireplace while they reviewed the strategy and tactics of the day's events.