Texas Dragons in San Antonio

df95_san_antonio-4-17(Photo credit to Ray Seta)
April 8th, 2017 Woodlawn Sailing Club San Antonio, Texas

Breakfast tacos were waiting on the skippers , bright and early, and that is always a fortuitous way to start a regatta. The forecast was calling for a warm, partly cloudy day for sailing, with 12-16 knots winds gusting up to 20 knots from the south, .  The forecast was correct.  South winds are perfect for this venue. For those of you who have visited this venue, it is a fun place to race and share an afternoon with sailors. Check out the backdrop across the lake.

woodlawn_venue(Photo credit to Mike Biggs)
This photo captures the Woodlawn Lake Lighthouse in the foreground, the Tower of the Americas in the deep background, and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, that was registered in the  U.S. National Register of Historic Places,  and built in 1931. So with that as our backdrop, the racing commenced.

Our Race Committee was eyeing the line and clock was on. So the fun started.

df95_san_antonio-4-17-RC(Photo credit to Ray Seta)

See above, our excellent Race Committee. And yes, Sylvia was using that sighting tool to call the start line.

With 21 skippers pushing the start line, we finished 11 races in the four hour racing window with minimal stops for refreshments and damage control. A good time was had by the skippers and the racing was very close.  These boats are just so much fun to race. They are responsive and sail so smoothly. A beginner can pick them up quickly and a good skipper can make it dance. Also, Fred Sheldon took time out from racing to record and later edit a very nice drone video of the racing and AMYA El Presidente Seta ventured out in the RIB to capture some video of the DF95s racing at water level that was later compiled and edited by Chuck LeMahieu. Thanks to all for the excellent footage.

So on to the results. There were some very good skippers on hand for this regatta and as the score sheet bears out there was some good close racing. But at the end of the day Chris Macaluso edged out Chuck LeMahieu by one point to take the regatta victory. Bob Piper gets 3rd on tiebreaks over Brig North. And fashion maven, David Eldridge rounds out the top five, just a few points behind that.

Big thanks to Woodlawn Sailing Club, the Setas, and all the other help that made this a fun day in San Antonio. Looking forward to coming back and putting the 95 through its paces again.