Image: NOAA weather radar history from Wednesday 7/17/19, 1930 local time. Source: https://gis.ncdc.noaa.gov/maps/ncei/radar
Having had to abandon one race earlier this season for lack of wind, Wednesday's Twilight racing principal race officer (PRO), Jamie Cummiskey, was determined to get a race in this week. With a storm passing earlier in the afternoon and leaving a little bit of breeze, it looked like there was a window of opportunity before more storms set in that evening. So Cummiskey and his race committee headed out on Sachem, followed by a small fleet of reluctant sailors who only minutes earlier had seemed quite content with the idea of remaining in the Sunfish Bar.
A simple windward-leeward course was set and all three divisions started as the skies darkened. With storm cells quickly building around Captain Harbor and the fleet dodging lightning bolts, Cummiskey shortened course and managed to complete a race for all three divisions.
According to a race committee team member, “It was a brilliant move to shorten the course to finish at the Red Nun marking the harbor entrance, so each boat could duck right into the moorings and docks at the finish.”Later, Jamie admitted to some “anxious moments,” but explained that he ensured that every boat was safely off the race course, including the straggler— the little Beneteau Carpe Diem.
Just in time, too! As those that stayed later for dinner on the west porch found out. One of the competitors captured the storm on video (see below)
Race results are here.
By Phil Zecher