|Rigging up in John and Sarah Pugh's backyard. The races are sailed in the Pasquotank River which flows through Elizabeth City. As always, click on the photos to enlarge them.|
|Launching my Europe over the bulkhead. The water level in the river was high which aided in getting the boats overboard. The wind on the other hand was blowing straight across the river which made launching and retrieval mildly challenging.|
The Saturday prediction of a 70% chance of precipitation proved correct so everybody geared up to face the rain and we launched boats about an hour before the 11 am first gun to familiarize ourselves to the conditions. As mentioned earlier, the gusts were a tad on the harsh side but overall the wind was manageable.
Both Bill Schill and Patrick Burger were casualties during the first race. Bill flipped and swamped, Patrick suffered a dismasting when a small bit of line on one of his stay adjusters broke and allowed the rig to collapse. Bill decided he'd had enough. Patrick was able to fix his boat but decided that the deck configuration he'd designed was not a good match for the conditions and bagged it for the day in the hopes that Sunday's conditions would be more forgiving.
|Bill Schill does a bit of synchronized swimming with his Duflos Moth. Bill retired for the day.|
|Are we having fun yet? Nearest to farthest from the camera: Mark Saunders (Mistral), Randall Swan (Skol), John Zseleczky (Mistral) sail down wind in a rain squall (or "liquid sunshine" as the Chamber of Commerce would call it).|
|Almost planing. The gusts, like the rain, came and went sometimes without much warning. Here your diarist, sailing his Europe, is windward of John Pugh's Mint design.|
|Eventual overall winner (and defending champion) Jeff Linton sails past the camera with another E. City skyline icon, the town water tank, in the background. Yes, the water tank has a Moth Boat painted on it's side. Is this a great town or what?|
|Lining up for one of the starts on Sunday. The rain had for the most part stopped but the skies were still dark.|
|Joe Courter leads John Pugh during a lull in the wind. It almost looks pleasant doesn't it?!|