By 1500 it was rumbling all over the county and by 1600 trees were falling and power was going out. We make our go no go decision for racing about 1630. I am willing to sail in the rain. I am willing to sail in rain and too much wind (up to a point) and I am willing to sail in rain with no wind. I am not willing to sit on the water with a 23-foot aluminum stick up in the air during a lightening storm. (A day later, the news said that a motorcycle rider was hit by lightening and killed during the peak of the storm.)
There was lots of chatter all afternoon on email -- "Go?" "No go?" "Maybe I will go down do the dock and see."
|This strike was a couple of miles south of our race course.|
In the end four dinghies showed up along with the committee boat. They found a little crack in the storm and got in three races.
|I think Garner Miller took this picture. I was home|
waiting for the lights to go out.
In the words of Fleet Captain, Jim Findley, "4 brave diehard sailors got in 3 dinghy races between the lightning storms. There is a thin line between brave and stupid. I THINK we were on the brave side of the line. Jim."
A picture taken later in the evening -- after the race, shown below. So we are starting the first series with a DNS and at least 15 points at five points per race -- Oh well, it was the right decision for us.
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