Vaya Con Dios 2 (Laguna 30) 5hr 17min Actual Time - 9 min handicap = 5h 8min corrected time
The First (hopefully annual)Half Moon Light Regatta
August 3, 2013
We had 4 boats participating in the first Half Moon Light Regatta. The winds were a little light for Matagorda Bay , so the race took 5-6 hours to complete instead of the anticipated 3.5-4.5 hours. The wind picked up after 12noon and the second and third legs off the wind had better boat speeds. A variety of strategies on how to tackle the upwind leg gave Dutch Boy a commanding lead (about 20 minutes) around the first mark (Half Moon Light), showing that the preferred course was short tacks on the inshore side of the line, followed by longer tacks to reach the offshore side of the line. Dutch Boy and Vaya Con Dios 2, starting one minute apart, finished the course in the exact same actual time before handicaps were placed. This made an exciting finish for these two boats which duked it out the last 3 miles of the race head to head.
Final Results were
Dutch Boy (Catalina 36) 5hr 17min Actual Time - 4 min handicap = 5hr 13min corrected time
Snap Shot (Hunter 30) 6hr 13min Actual Time - 14 min handicap = 5hr 59min corrected time
Reason Too (Endeavour 40) 6hr 32min Actual Time - 0 min handicap = 6hr 32min corrected time.
Congratulations to all four boats that participated. We had a great time and there were some comments during the scoring meeting (I mean beer drinking meeting) afterwards that the event needs to be repeated, with one participant indicating a monthly club sail was a good idea.