Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Classic Moth Midwinters 2010

A quick synopsis. I'll have more to add later.

Team Annapolis arrived Friday to rig boats and have a practice sail, only to have a cold front roll through with torrential rains and gale force South winds. The boats stayed on the trailer while a large group had a late lunch in an Italian restaurant in downtown Gulfport; watching the horizontal rain and waves from Boca Ciega Bay crashing on the shore. Saturday's forecast was for 15-25 mph on the backside of the front and it didn't disappoint. The RC and some competitors put their game face on and ventured out, but it was too much. Racing was cancelled. Sunday dawned with a manageable 8-12 but cold; felt like November in Annapolis. Seven short races were quickly dispatched to make the series. Mike Parsons continued his string from 2010 to take the Midwinters. John Zseleczky took second and Mark Saunders third. Fourteen Classic Moths registered with 10 making it out on Sunday. Tip of the hat to local Mothboat Floridians for shelter, parties and brauts, burgers, beer........ Rod Koch, Jeff and Amy Linton, Merv and Barbara Wescoat, and the Gulfport YC Race Committee team.

A YouTube clip from Saturdays aborted attempt to get some racing in.

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