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  • ABYC Labor Day

    Really nice conditions yesterday for the opening of the Labor Day regatta. Inside the breakwater, we started in around 10 knots that built steadily to 15 knots at the top of the course, with around 12 knots at the gate. The RC got in four races for nine classes. There are 10 boats in the F18 fleet, and the initial mark roundings were tight and exciting. There was quite a bit more chop on the upper quarter of the course, but the bottom was pretty flat. I don't know how many Lasers are out there, but it sure seemed like they just about fill the harbor! Three classes; full-rig, radials and something I haven't seen before - 4.7s. These look like they have an even smaller mainsail - waaaaay shorter in the foot. Lots of kids out. We had some fog in the morning, but it burned off during the first race - sunny and warm, even though the water is still atypically cold for the end of summer. The harbor seals were out in force - we had several close encounters and enjoyed watching the aquabatics.

    Three more races scheduled today (Sunday) with slightly lighter conditions.
    John Williams
    F18 USA 70

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    Much lighter breeze for Sunday - the fog and clouds never burned off as forecast, and we suffered around the course in fitful, light breeze with significant pressure differences and occasional 15-20 degree shifts. What breeze there was held way left (around 180-195) for most of the day. Without the sunshine that the rest of SoCal seemed to be enjoying, and with the below-normal water temperatures, we had a cold, less than inspiring three races to finish out the series. Staggering number of boats at the event - results are HERE.
    John Williams
    F18 USA 70

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      Originally posted by John Williams View Post
      Staggering number of boats at the event - results are HERE.
      Agree w/you, a staggering number of boats.
      One hundred eighty four (184).
      52 Laser Radial, amazing, ...

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