Fleet 62 and Cinco do Mayo
Fleet 62’s opening day of the 2019 sailing season was this last Sunday, 5-5-19, Cinco de Mayo; so we planned an themed party for after sailing, which worked out great because we always start the season with a BBQ.
The Lake Elizabeth water level was a little low, as they have not fully allowed it to come up to normal levels as a precaution for the spring rains. That meant that we were running with our centerboards half way up all day. This got interesting as the wind picked up -- it got a little tipsy sometimes.
Joining the Lidos were the El Toros from around our area; this was one of their regular scheduled "points regattas". We stayed out of each others way through different courses, but the fastest El Toros often caught up with the slowest Lidos frequently even with the staggered starts. They sure are nimble. The race committee, with Vern Tucker and Roy Jordan, did well to give us great courses with even a starboard turnings on one.
One of the highlights of the day was the return to the “pond” of Harold and Maria Ho with their twins, almost 3 yrs old now. (See the picture below.) They have been absent from sailing for a few years, but it looks like they have been very busy on the home-front. They didn’t sail, but it was good to see them and for them to be able show their twins what Mom and Dad used to do on Sundays. Maybe they’ll return to sailing in the future; we hope so.
Stephen Lord and crew, Sidney Lee with Jim Lechner, Richard Moser with his daughter, and myself with Bill Stenzel hit the water on Sunday trying to remember our sailing skills and to stay dry. A weather front passed through during the day, so we started out with overcast skies and low winds. As the day proceeded, the the wind picked up to over 10 mph, but the “fun" part was that it was gusty with plenty of holes in the middle of the lake. We were all trading the lead during the day, but either Richard or Stephen finished 1st every time. The fleet is getting better at our starts, we were all within seconds of the horn, but in the end, it was skill and wind that separated us.
After a challenging day with strained and aching body parts, we hit the shore to celebrate staying dry with our Cinco de Mayo themed BBQ. Burgers and hotdogs are the usual fare, but we spiced them up with guacamole, salsa, and queso fresco. Joanne Moser provided a delicious Mexican themed salad. We had soft drinks bottled in Mexico and watermelon and pan dulces for dessert. Thank you to the Lidos for their BBQ help.
Several of us found things on our boats that needed addressing; for example, I need a new centerboard bungee and Stephen mentioned that he had a few projects as well. But, in the end, we all survived our shake down cruises with no major mishaps. Strong shrouds prevent disasters, so check them often.
We have some time before our next regatta, so those of us that need to work on repairs can, and we all can practice, practice, practice.
Fleet 62 Captain
“We cannot control the wind, but we can adjust the sails"