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|Gaspar Regatta at ST. PETERSBURG YACHT CLUB||January 12 - 13|
|2013 Gaspar Regatta
The first regatta of the Windmill sailing year was held in beautiful Saint Petersburg, Florida in the kind of weather most people from up north dream about in the middle of January, sunny with temperatures in the low 80's. We had 10 boats in the Windmill fleet with 13 in the Snipe fleet and if it wasn't for the logos on the sails it would have been tough to tell which boats were which from a distance. I believe Clark Mills borrowed a lot of the design from the Snipe to design the Windmill.
Day one wind was predicted 5 to 15kts but racing was delayed due to the wind being non-existent at our scheduled start time so most of us walked across the road to the street market where the aroma of many different kinds of food cooking wafted throughout the air. Hundreds of people from the community brought
their kids and dogs to enjoy the open market.
After about a one hour delay the AP came down and we headed out in light air. Our only race of the entire regatta was a 4 leg Windward/Leeward which was shortened from a 6 leg W/L because if it hadn't been shortened we wouldn't have finished the race due to the quickly dying air. The line was set square but the current played a huge factor since it was running across the course which meant that if sailing to the left side of the windward mark would have most likely stalled a boat trying to get back to the right side because of the light air. Most boats only made two tacks getting to windward and sailed almost straight to the mark. Heading down wind on the last leg the wind moved forward with a close race between Ethan Bixby and John Jennings. John managed to eek past Ethan to win the regatta.
Dinner Saturday night at Saint Pete Yacht Club was outstanding, we all had cocktails, lots of laughs, and a great time at a very nice, hospitable, yacht club.
Saint Pete Yacht Club did a great job and for a very reasonable price. We will be back! Thank you to everyone who participated in this regatta and to all who helped organize it.
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