Crosby report Day 1
Date: August 5, 2008
Author: Kay Voss
Report Day 1 2008 Crosby
It was breeze on for the first day of the 2008 Snipe US Nationals. The First race began at noon with all the competitors perhaps a little to eager to get to the race course with most leaving over an hour prior to the first start. The day was cold as the competitors started the fist race in building 12-15 Knot breeze. Augie Diaz got off to a good start picking up a couple righties on the first leg and a lefty on the last to win the first race. As the fleet sailed back downwind to the starting line for the second and final race of the day, San Francisco began to show its true colors. The race committee called it a steady 18.5 but most on hand would call it an epic 22. Ernesto Rodriquez got a moderate start but used the right side to sail to a win in the second race. After the tiring events of the first day the fleet will be sure to leave the dock a little later.
Comments from the fleet:
Some would think the snipe was built like a submarine with the bow so low to the water, waves like walls of water pounding the crew and skipper. The name of the game was crack off your jib and hope you don’t get washed away. -Will Stout
The “circle award” goes to Henry Filter and Wilson Stout. Henry is sailing fast. However, Henry did circles. Four circles for kinetics. One circle for hitting a mark. One of the flags for kinetics occurred while trying to round a mark, which they eventually hit and did a circle for.-Gonzo
Henry has now glued Wilson to the deck, at least when the judges are around. Kathleen was heard to say do what you normally do when the judges are not around otherwise be like a statue-Kay
My second day ever sailing with my new crew Christin (her 3rd day ever on a Snipe) was a wet, exhausting one, but we had fun. The Snipe fleet has been very welcoming and helpful as we try to figure out the Snipe together in tough conditions. I miss my husband and boys, but we’re in very good company here!—Haley L.
Start of the second race, surveyed the situation check-in and check-out. -Jerry T
Couldn’t quite tell in the evening if the fleet was trying to tye-dye their hands or the regatta shirts. Many are praying the bay water will work better than the other solvents remedies to remove the strange colors on their bodies.
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