Fifty-seven X boaters descended on the Buddy Melges Sailing Center with workmen placing the final touches to spruce up the facility. New sod in place gives us a preview of the majesty of the buidling. In a word, it is magnificent! T Freytag, Mike Keefe and the leadership of the LGYC (Terry Blanchard, current commodore) are examples of persistance, tenacity and part-brilliance/part-elbow grease as they have led their club through this monumental task. We will all benefit from this gem for scow sailing as it becomes a training center for the Midwest, regatta host for our many events and spectacular home for Inland history, thanks to the ILYA Bilge Pullers.
As for sailing, never has the editor seen a fleet like this. In a late morning heavy, sudden squall catching the fleet unaware (never trust the weather report sites), parents, RC, sailors and OUR STRONG STRONG SAILING INSTRUCTION CADRE calmly, hastily brought in a drenched fleet safely and efficiently. It was a learning experience for all and an example of teamwork to watch over a youth fleet.
Next, circles, circles, circles. Our youth, by and large, know the value, understand the responsibility owned by a self-policing sport. While there may be many from yesterday, the editor wants to single out B-217 and P-11 who quickly, calmly and responsibly executed turns and sailed brilliantly after. Our youth set a high example. Thank you.
Results in next edition - Three races sailed with I-25 Chapman Petersen and Thomas Whowell taking two bullets and B-6 John Barr and Sydney Probst taking the last gun of the day.