2007 AYC Spring Distance Race, Lake Travis, April 21, 2007

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Alison, Jody and I entered the 2007 Spring Distance Race on Lake Travis. Austin Yacht Club does this every year, and this year no entry fee was charged. What a great club! The 36 entrys were split into 6 classes, multihulls, 2 spinnaker and 1 non spin PHRF classes, and a Portsmouth class for the centerboard boats.

Alison took this video before we started racing, and after the start the wind picked up and she was too busy to film any more.

We sailed our Flying Scot in the Portsmouth class, the largest class with 11 boats, and won 4th place. Jennifer Loehlin took 1st in her Harpoon 5.2, Rick Powers 2nd in his Melges MC 16, and Rey Garza 3rd with his Chrysler Mutineer 15.

It was good downwind start and we headed for mile marker 6. Sonny and Sue in the lead in their Thistle. Two boats had to drop out with equipment failure the first leg. Rounding 7, and then 9, we headed up Lake Travis to mile marker 17 at Lakeway. Gusty winds had a few skippers in the water, but not Rick Powers who gained the lead and went out of sight.

It was a good day with 10-15 mph winds gusting to maybe 25, high about 80 degrees. We had a lot of fun, the Austin Yacht Club is a fine place to race!

This video was taken with the Panasonic PV-GS35

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