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At the end of day two, after six races, the leaders are VIncent Porter by two points over Bobbie Koar, followed by Chad Hillyer.
Our competitors are from Wisconsin, New Jersey and New York, making a smallish (historically) fleet of 20. Our most senior competitor is Dick Turner, one of the founders of NCESA, still at it at 89.
Keuka Yacht Club, our venue, is on Lake Keuka, a Y shaped long (22 miles) and narrow (3/4-1 1/4 mile) member of the Finger Lakes Region of Western New York. To find Keuka, look for Rochester on the south shore of Lake Ontario, then look south to find the Finger Lakes.
Our first day dawned rainy with a light southerly running along the length of the lake We started at about 11am and by that time the breeze had built to about 12mph. PRO and Timer Bob and Sydney Stevens of Little Egg Harbor set a W5 with legs of about 1 1/4 mile. The breeze remained steady. Most found going to the right shore upwind and to the right downwind seemed to work best. After about 35 minutes six boats rounded the second upwind mark just about transom to transom. Boats with crews of three seemed faster downwind. The race took about an hour and in the end Chad Hillyer T-17, Bobbie Koar BH-22 and Vincent Porter I-2 came out on top.
The second stanza was in similar conditions. The breeze came left all of a sudden at the start. The whole fleet tacked to port soon after the start. Russ Lucas, Vincent Porter and William Hudson rounded in that order. Eventually things shook out with Russ Lucas BH-8, Vincent, Bobbie taking the race in that order.
After a patented Jane Russell luncheon (too nice to be simply lunch), we were out again into a westerly running across the lake.
Legs running east and west are necessarily short so PRO Bob moved us out to a W7. Westerlies typically have wide swings of direction and have short intense blasts, making them particularly challenging. This time Vincent was on top the first time up. As Vincent rounded a blaster came through giving him a quick ride on the layline and he seemed gone for good. The fleet seemed to separate a bit this time into A - a group of four, and B. Things stayed that way with a change of mix in fleet A, until the last time up as the breeze began to shut down for the day. Fleet A closed in and fleet B moved in closer. In the end Vincent held off John Brown SS-1 and Bobbie Koar in that order.
Going into day two, our leaders are Vincent, Bobbie, and Russ Lucas.
This second morning the harbor gun is scheduled for 7am and the goal is to catch the morning breeze and then the late afternoon breeze. The harbor gun has sounded. The air is stirring. It's time to go.