With weather all but predictable, the inaugural Leukemia Cup Regatta was a huge success! Many thanks to Jonathan Stewart for the hard work, our friends at Lake Lanier Sailing Club for being fantastic hosts and race committee, and the great people at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter.
We had two full days of racing. Saturday started out with a delay due to light winds. As soon as it was blowing 3mph we got under way. The first race started in Chattahoochee bay with markers dropped near what's left of stub 'A' and had us running across the lake and back twice.
After the first race the winds changed direction, race committee moved across the lake and set new markers off Aqualand's gas-dock point. Winds up from the morning allowed for three more races in the books that afternoon. That night hungry sailors chowed down delicious barbecue then danced the night away to live music.
The sailors who spent the night on their boats were serenaded with the pitter-patter of the rain as it poured through the night. As the Sunday morning start-time approached, the rain stopped, clouds vaporized, and wind began to show promise.
Race committee set an around-the-lake course starting at 'A' stub. The course went to a temp marker past 13, over to R, down to 11, back to A, back to the temp past 13, back to A, over to D, then finish at F (the flagpole at LLSC). The winds held most of the day, complete with the famous Lake Lanier headers as any seasoned sailor will tell you.
Race committee ended up short-finishing at the second rounding of the temp marker past 13 and cutting out D and F marks in effort to get everyone off the water in time for the awards. The wind had given all she had, or so we thought as we watched it build again from the shores of LLSC.
Without further ado, the results: http://bit.ly/22gXDIk