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SPYC Ted Irwin Memorial Fall Bay Race

Davis Island Yacht Club racers performed well at this year’s Fall Bay Race held on October 13 off St. Petersburg. Despite light conditions, our sailors dominated the top three places of the spinnaker A and B fleets.

The day began with the racer-cruisers and cruisers, who started around 1100 AM and sailed off on a distance course across the bay in a decent morning breeze. That breeze, unfortunately, did not last long and became lighter and lighter as the day progressed. I can only imagine it was a long day, especially since most of these vessels prefer higher winds.

After race committee rearranged the start line, the spinnaker A and B fleets began their day of windward/leeward battles. On the upwind legs, some boats had great luck staying on the left side of the course, while other boats had great luck going right and coming back left after finding clear air. It was definitely a day to “know the bay” and its typical wind/current patterns. The lighter boats, such as the Melges 32, did well against those that needed more breeze to sustain their position in the fleet. After two races, twice around each time, the wind became light, variable, and indecisive. The race committee tried to start a third race, but was unable to find consistency in any sort of developing breeze. The decision to end racing helped those who performed well in the first two races and relieved those who felt frustrated with the conditions.

The race was part of the Suncoast Boat of the Year series of regattas.

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