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In Topic: Chicago Area III

24 August 2016 - 05:27 PM

This is anecdotal but I truly believe that in the Chicago area there has been an increasing trend of canceling racing for little reason. Not only when the weather is projected to be “bad” or “heavy” but also when it is said to be too “light” or too “shifty” to get off a “perfect” race. Granted that every decision must stand on its own, however, the cumulative effect is that we do a lot less racing and we are ill prepared (lack of experience) to do more. As a consequence more and more race committees and skippers are willing to cancel or accept cancelations as a norm.

In fact I believe that one should practice in heavy weather. While I did not take my boat into a Storm Warning conditions for practice, I have, in the past gone out in 30 kts. So we should race, and let each skipper and crew decide the limits of their own capability. If the necessity of a long rode to keep a committee boat holding leads to an imperfect starting line, so what. In the 40 plus years that I have been racing in Chicago, I can remember only a couple of sinkings and those had to do with collisions not the weather. Spars down is another story.

I had the good fortune to be invited by a British Skipper (and crew) to do a Cowes Week and a Fastnet. That boat did almost nothing but long offshore races and the entire crew were very experienced. Each of them had thousands of miles of Gale Force and Storm Force sailing, cruising racing and deliveries. They knew how to manage heavy weather because they did it frequently. That experience made a permanent impression on me.

We do ourselves a disservice by not sailing (prudently) in bad weather.
My .02cents

In Topic: Chicago Area III

22 August 2016 - 02:48 PM

Boo 3 Cribs cancelled today, little premature in my eyes. We went out and had a great sail.

Informal poll... do races get scrapped to often and early here now days.


In Topic: RIP Scott Graham

18 August 2016 - 06:13 PM

Sailed with Scott a few times and dealt with him when he was a US Sailing. Absolutely great person. Makes me feel old.

In Topic: Chicago Area III

15 August 2016 - 06:10 PM

Indeed, RIP Wally.

In Topic: Chicago Area III

27 June 2016 - 10:45 PM

Some of you knew my brother-in-law Marco Lucchinetti (each other's best man).  He sailed on Sudpak, Esprit, Esta Es and other boats.  He had a massive heart attack last evening and didn't survive it.  Eight Bells for a super nice fun guy, who leaves his bride Rasa of 21 years.  May the winds be behind you for eternity.
Services are in Morristown, TN on Wednesday.  PM me for details.

8 bells indeed. I first met him when he sailed on Sudpak.