Big Inland Weekend
10 July 2010
2010 ILYA MC Invitational
Cedar Lake Yacht Club, WI
Squad Cars declares Cedar this way "where nature smiles, for 8 and a half miles". Thanks to Rick Trester, Terry Mestan, and all the Cedar Lake Yacht Club for making this event happen. 3 races were sailed today. Race one was a W4+, race two was a merciful W3+, and race 3 was a W4+, with short legs due to the wind direction across the lake, as opposed to getting to go length-wise.The legs were about 4/10ths of a mile, so we had to have a lot of them.
This wind direction was interesting today. The "swing" was 60 degrees in every race. Many auto-tacks took place. The wind speed was lightest in the first race blowing 5 to 10. The second race had some hiking as puffs hit 12 mph a few times, but the average was 8. The third race was down-right windy with less than 5% low side, 15 % standing, and the rest was either hiking or about to hike.
Getting a great start was critical. If you could get in to the top 5 or 8 boats you could tack more freely and take advantage of the 15 to 20 degree shifts that came every 60 to 200 seconds. When you got into the back with the also-rans (where I live now), it was hard to tack and find the slots to go fast. The people who started well and executed the tacks smoothly and with speed made money today. The clunky ones who had trouble transitioning from 7 mph to 12 mph winds and frequent tacks did poorly today. I know, I am the king of that clan.
The key is consistency. The top 3 don't have any double digit finishes.
- Paul Wood 8,3,2 (top master)
- Kelly Hirn 1,6,9 (you may remember her as Kelly Reese)(top woman, top mother of 2)
- Stephan Schmidt 6,8,3
- Jeff Surles 5,1,12
- Steve Everist 15,4,1
- Paul Boemer 7,7,8
- Noel Neuman 3,20,6
- Squad Car Fink 9,11,11
- Craig Thompson 10,12,10
- Tim Fredman 4,5,24 (top grand master)
- Bruce Gallagher 2,17,14
2 races are planned for Saturday and one for Sunday. We are happy to have 40 boats here. This is my first visit to Cedar. It is beautiful. The clubhouse, the parking lots, the docks, and the whole program are pristine and well run. The water is clear and the weeds are not hard to handle. And, thankfully, the wake from motor boats is not too bad compared to some busy lakes. We are lucky and happy to have a beer sponsor to go along with our beer drinkers. The beer was contributed by Leinenkugel Beer. This is good beer! We appreciate their help.
Day two report tomorrow,
Jeff Annis, live from Cedar Lake Wisconsin