|from left, Trent and Heather Johnson, Deb Aronson, Ben Williams, Marianne and Frank Gerry, Eric Bussell and Tom Yeagle|
On a more somber note, for those of you who hadn't heard, Frank and Marianne's beloved boat, Eva, got totaled in a traffic jam outside Indianapolis on the way to the Hoover Lake regatta. The guy behind them was at fault, but even so, he got Eva's mast right through his windshield. Happily no one was hurt but meanwhile, Frank and Marianne are borrowing boats as they can until Flying Scot Inc can build them a new boat. This weekend they got a strong blue boat called Puff Daddy that Bruce found for them. They seemed very happy with that boat and made a particularly strong showing Sunday, when we had some real decent wind.
Speaking of wind, let's just say the wind Saturday was the kind of day you have nightmares about. Just little ghosting bits of wind skipping randomly around the lake. The first race stands out as particularly frustrating. We were battling with the Kitchens downwind when we heard that dreaded sound of other hulls cutting through the water. Sure enough, behind us the wind began to fill and and everyone behind us went right on by us. We will not reveal what words were spoken on our boat. Nor will we discuss the language on Mark and Maria Benner's boat by the end of the day. Let's just say in light wind voices carry really really really far!!
We were all relieved when race committee decided to call it a day after two races, hoping they could get three in on Sunday, with better winds forecast. Poor Trent and Heather came off the lake not so sure they liked sailing anymore. Happily, Sunday changed their mind back to loving sailing. Phew!!
Anyway, we had a delicious dinner and a wonderful band, which I don't have a photo of. The music brought out the hip shaking in some of us and the rest of us really enjoyed the evening as well, even if we didn't expend as much energy.
|We had a BAND! And, as you can see, dancing!! We can still party (at least some of us!)|
|Ben Williams, Geoff Endris, Frank Gerry after sailing Sunday|
Sunday dawned with very very light wind but we all dragged our carcasses out to the course. Eternal optimism of the sailor! And, lo and behold, the wind filled in and we had three lovely lovely races!! The Benners, despite the language on the boat Saturday, had two fantastic finishes this weekend. Remember, "they can't take that away from you!!"
|Trophies, both Flying Pig and Ohio District|
Anyway, it was a great weekend and I have to thank Heather for being so good at taking photos! Makes all the difference, right?
Results are at fssa.com so head on over there and check 'em out!