Ben and I pulled into Lake Norman this afternoon for the annual Great 48 and instead of six or seven boats on the lawn I counted 14, with the 15th pulling in right behind us. It's a mob! It is no surprise, considering the North Americans will be here in mid-July. Everyone is here to try to psych out the lake in anticipation for the NACs. I heard someone at registration say they expected 40 boats. That will be a very long starting line!!
Ben and I have set up our tent. It'll be good camping weather; it's chillier here than in Illinois and the forecast promises a LOT of wind, with gusts in the low 20s.
So far we have seen Kim and Dave Thinel from Tampa, Frank and Marianne Gerry from Chicago (actually members of Clinton Lake this year), Ryan Malmgren, who is sailing with John Wake, and many, many more!
Hopefully I'll have energy after we sail tomorrow to make a short report on the sailing itself.