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Petersons' Florida Report

posted Jan 12, 2012, 8:43 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 8:51 AM ]
The following was sent from NSC members Gord & Mary Peterson who now spends their winters at their home in Florida...

This international regatta got underway Tuesday on Charlotte Harbor with two firsts by Canadian Paul Tingley in the 2.4s.  Today the French and Dutch performed better and dropped him down to third. place in the standings.  This regatta is a huge undertaking by all the sailing and yacht clubs in the area.  There are three courses, one for each class: 2.4s, Skuds and Sonars.  There are more volunteers on the water than competitors.  I am on the gate boat for the 2.4 class which gives me a ringside seat for starts, finishes and passes through the gate.  As you will see in my pictures the 2.4 is a very tiny, boat, much like a canoe with a 4 foot keel.  Having never seen a gate I was a little concerned about setting it.  It is used on a windward - leeward course for the downwind mark and the boat must pass through the gate and can exit back windward around either gate marker.  You can get more info on the website