Race conditions were at both extremes. Two races were held on Saturday with south winds in the 15-20 kts range. The RC went out in the afternoon trailed by about half the fleet to see what the wind strength was, and after anchoring measured winds above 25 and gusts over 30 kts. They cancelled further racing for the day. The J/22 is a tough little boat, but those on board are not so tough, and we didn't want to risk any injuries. On Sunday morning, the wind was light, 5-7 kts, out of the southwest-- not the predicted gusty northwest wind. The first race was rather short and the wind strength was consistent. However, the second race was longer, and the southwest breeze began to die and veer to the west and northwest, confounding the competitors, particularly those at the front. The ones who figured it out and went west did the best, while those who stayed east paid the price. The RC did a great job of moving the windward mark and realigning the course. For the third and last race of the day, the predicted NW wind kicked in with a nominal 12-14 kts and higher gusts. So, while we couldn't hold as many races as desired, there was plenty of action and good sailing. Add that to the beautiful venue, usual outstanding hospitality of The Lake George Club, fine regatta organization under Chair Joe Favero, and competent RC work under Dave Dougall, and you have another successful not-to-be-missed annual fall J/22 event. Please plan on coming in September 2014!! Thanks for the contribution from Tom Linville- J/22 Fleet 61.
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