Update: It was a fun day. IOM Captain report follows, and scores are posted under Sailing Events / IOM Scored Races
“Ten skippers showed for our first IOM scored event of the year. The winds were in the 10 knot plus range and our A rigs were pressed. Unfortunately we were forced to set a crowded course at Tualatin Commons. This resulted in more than a little chaos when coupled with strong and very tricky winds. The most repeated statement of the day was, “you owe me one”. There were so many collisions Morgan said it sounded like his Land Rover. All the 360s made several skippers dizzy. But amongst the many shouts and screams we held it together and kept our cool. Also we would like to extend special thanks to Vicki for starting and scoring the event in four hours of cold and dreary weather with a bunch of maniacs.
Skippers were in and out during the event. We had several arrive late including Morgan who blew a cylinder in his Land Rover. Being the first race of the season we saw several rig failures. Also Herb and George G had battery problems. Their two boats spent most of the day circling aimlessly in the middle of the pond. I don’t have the score sheet but as memory serves me Jerry dominated the first five races. After we tweaked his vang and downhaul when he wasn’t looking, a couple skippers caught up and Mike took the sixth race. Also Morgan’s Widget got hot and won three races. In the end despite some struggles it appeared we all had a good time. We completed at least twelve races and Jerry(our favorite son from Lake Stevens) was the un away winner. George G will post the final results on our website.
This was our OMYC Bullet Glass inaugural event. After the race with great pomp and ceremony skippers Jerry Brower, Mike Skeen, Chris Brundege and Morgan Dewees were each awarded the cherished and iconic Bullet Glass. Congratulations guys.
Our next IOM scored event will be Sunday April 17. We can only hope Westmoreland Pond will be full. May your sheets be always tight and your drinks served cold.
From our IOM Captain, Ron we have the following:
“Westmoreland Pond is empty and being cleaned by the Parks Dept. We will sail at Tualatin Commons this Sunday, 3/20. We will try to get the racing started 12:30 so get your IOM’s ready to go early. I will have the marks set rain or shine.
As you know Tualatin Commons(TC) is not the best site for our IOM’s. We have trouble setting a course, it is difficult to launch your boat, our bulbs get scraped and the start line is crowded. However we can get satisfactory wind. We had our first IOM in-promtu today at TC and the wind was pretty steady and strong. George made some calls and six IOM skippers showed at noon. We had a great time. Mike dominated but Dave got the “Duck” boat flying once and Russ sailed his Image to a sixty boat length lead before some TC headers did him in…or maybe he had a stroke!
This will be our first “OMYC bullet glass” regatta. This is reason enough to get excited. I am undecided if I would rather earn the “ bullet glass” this Sunday or the Green Jacket at Augusta National next month. I think I will go with the “bullet glass” because my Master’s invitation got lost in the mail.
See you Sunday”
Sunday’s forecast is 56 high, 20% precipitation, winds from East at 8 mph. Come sail and get your bullet glass