Jericho can be dicey sometimes. Some times you can be sitting out there in 60 deg. wind shifts (like last year), and other times you can be hauling ass in a beautiful, 20k westerly (like this year). Yep. That’s right. If you skipped Jericho this year you missed out on a doozy, and if you were there you are still wearin’ the smile smeared all the way across your face !
Saturday saw 5 races in 17-22k with gusts to 25k. Water was flat owing to a 2-3k flood that caused a bit of havoc at the weather mark for some of the sailors. The flat water allowed the skippers to put the bow down, grin from ear to ear, and let out an occasional “Whoop!” Watching the F-18s barrel down the shore under kite was fun, but the real bonus was the incredible scenery. Sunny and warm both days with the urban, Vancouver skyline to the east giving way to the snow-capped mountains to the north.
Those of you not watching the R2AK tracker, I highly suggest you keep it off if you want to get anything done during the day! The race is on and updated pretty much regularly so you can sit there watch the tracker and your grass grow all at the same time.
It is pretty exciting with Morgana Buell’s team “Sail Like a Girl” leading the race as of this writing. But the lead is slim and nothing is given, especially this early in the going. But it is pretty cool to see this team of 8 women sailing their Melges 32 like it is stolen. Go girls!!