Friday’s races resulted in Team Bellingham moving up from 3rd Place to 2nd Place for the Etchells, Hoods, and Overall rating. The weather, however, was not cooperative for the day with no winds delaying the first race. By the start of the second race the winds had picked up to 15-20. By the end of that race the winds were blowing steady at 25-30 resulting in the last two races being postponed until Saturday. However, Saturdays races were also canceled due to strong winds.
Jonathan Knowles, Keturah Witter, and Steve Raiche took 1st & 2nd in the two races, placing 2nd in Etchells for the week. Jonathan was the skipper. It has been a good week for the Etchells. The Etchells team were thankful for the kindness and generosity of the Australians to provided the Etchells. With respect to the weather, the team summed it up well – it has been warm, hot, cold, no wind, light wind, steady wind, race canceling wind. Fridays race was a good example. In the morning it was a bathtub, by the time they returned to the dock it was blowing 30 and they had to drop the sails well off the dock and conduct a series of turns to slow down.
Al Callery, Brian Lawrence, and Terry Tavelli took 3rd & 2nd in the two races on Friday, placing them tied for 1st in points with Team Australia in the Hood 23 Fleet, but Australia took 1st Place on count back. Although Team Bellingham started last in each race, they finished well. The Hood 23 Team echoed what the Etchells Team said about the boats – they have been working well and the boat owners have been very gracious in their support. The Hood 23 Team also said the week has been one of tight racing, with particularly tight competition between the Team Bellingham, Team Australia, and Team New Zealand.
Thanks to Henk Tobbe for todays racing photos! You can view his entire Album Here.