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The following recap was written by FWC Events Coordinator Doug Seib:
I was able to get down to Clermont this past weekend, borrow a friend's boat, and we had some great sailing. Three days of 85 degrees, with cloudless skies and good winds. It mainly blew 8-18 all three days. Sometimes gusting even more. The lakes shallowness keeps the waves from getting more that 2 feet. It was very puffy and shifty, but that really tests the sailors all around skill level.
The PRO rarely changed the start line or moved the weather mark because if had done so, 1 minute later he would have had to move it back! He /They did the right thing in leaving it alone which promoted more port end starts than I've ever seen at one regatta!
Another skill set to learn.
About that He/ They thing...our PRO on Friday had torn his Achilles tendon and was wearing a boot. He stood all day and the bouncing around set him back, so much that he couldn't get out of bed Sat. morning. Our second PRO Steve arrived on 30 minutes notice and took care of us the Sat & Sun. Kudos to him.
We had a large grassy area to share with the Hobie 16's that were also there. It was a nice combination of fleets and the course kept us from getting in each others way since 16's don't really go upwind or down wind like waves! We had a great group of wave racers, and because of the shifty winds, it was rare that any race wasn't lead by several people.
The Clermont town center was only blocks away and Friday night they had 15 food trucks set up for a "First Friday" celebration. YUM. If your looking to get an early start on summer, or just bored shoveling your driveway, this could be a nice breakout for anyone interested in a great sailing weekend!