GRSA DEFENDS THE CUP
Perhaps the cooler temperatures, overcast skis, northerly breeze, with a time change , was a factor but 5 stalwart GRSA sailors and crew took to the water Sunday against a lone participant from Brandermill in this years Swift Creek Cup.
While the air was a bit brisk, several sailors decided to test the waters to check the temperature differential. First Dave Stagney sailing with Chris Cookson suddenly found himself stroking for the stern of “Foot Off.” Chris was at a bit of a lose trying to figure out if he should slow down or try and reach the finish line before dropping behind any more boats. Dave grabbed the stern safety line and hoisted himself in just as Chris sheeted in to gather speed. (Chris, you need to finish with the same crew you started with). Not to be out done Steven Brown and daughter Sarah surfing down wind for the leeward mark under spinnaker, were caught by a rouge wind shift that took them over, Sarah who hardly got wet climbed to the board and finally Dad appeared over the rail to add enough weight to right the ship. They sailed on to finish the race as if this was a normal event. While everyone else was trying to stay dry, Nick Monday in his Sunfish splashed thru the waves.
In the end after times were calculated and computed by Lennert Stromberg awards were made. All Skippers and Crews were given participation mementos and finishing “in the money” were 3rd Nick Monday in his Sunfish, 2nd Chris Cookson /Dave Stagney in a Flying Scot (along with a couple hundred pounds of Hydrilla jammed in the centerboard box,) and taking top honors and the Cup, Pete Cookson and crew extraordinaire Grant Smith.
The actual times will be posted elsewhere on the web site as soon as I decipher my hand writing.
While this completes the 2021 Racing Season all boat owners are reminded to check their boats and to be current on the new site rules regarding boat storage. Hope to see you at the annual meeting in December.
Dave Upton RC Chair