Series 1 proved to be a bit challenging with some very un-typical light and shifty wind conditions. With that, we have managed to avoid anyone hitting the committee boat for this first series - Good Job!!! The 13 to 16 boat J-22 fleet has shown that this 30 year old design is still very popular. Our Portsmouth fleet has shown great promise with an average of 10 boats each week. One of the most impressive classes has been the Non-Spinnaker B class. It has been great to watch these racers learn and constantly bring new people in each week. I'm not sure if I've seen the same crew on a boat yet. This has been fantastic for the sport and the community. There are so many people that I talk to that "always wish to go sailing", but never have the opportunity to go. You guys provide that opportunity. We've seen many teams reaching out to local businesses for sponsorship and I heavily applaud that. This is a fantastic way for a local business to gain a lot of advertising and support of the community. At this level, the advertising is a good thing. Now, take it up a few notches and I start to disagree. Put it this way, I feel that the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup and any high-level professional race should ban all electronics, except a knot meter and anemometer. That's all you get... Back to reality... We have had a great turn out despite the strange weather patterns. Lately, I have read several articles where some areas are now experiencing what we have dealt with for several years; the increase of Wednesday Night Races and the decrease of weekend events. There are many speculations of why this is, and I plan to conduct my own survey. I think this will help the other clubs accommodate to this trend and improve their events. Send me your honest thoughts - email or call...
- Written by Scott Tuma