2019 Battle of Lake Erie

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Nine teams arrived at the Erie Yacht Club for the Battle of Lake Erie. They were met by a nice breeze of 10-12 knots from the west with a prediction for the wind to build a little by mid-day. Boats were rigged and the first race started shortly after 10AM. The course was set up on Presque Isle Bay to the west of the Rickloff Community Boathouse. The race committee on the water was headed by a seasoned PRO and helpers on the committee boat, two markset boats and two safety boats with volunteers from the yacht club.

The committee knocked out six races by Noon, and the decision was made to continue racing rather than to take a lunch break, so the "off" teams ate while the other division sailed. Lunch was generously provided for everyone by the Erie Yacht Club, and beverages by RCR Yachts.

After lunch the wind built to 15-20, the wind stayed rock solid from the west, and the sailing was fast. As the wind built there were a few capsizes, and one skipper fell out of boat when his hiking strap let loose. The increased breeze was hard on a couple of the boats, but we swapped in replacement boats pretty quickly. We finished 16 W4 courses by 4PM and then finished up with a couple W2s and finished all the rotations by 4:30PM. One breakdown was awarded, and no protests.

Overall, the teams seemed to enjoy the ride. Congratulations to the University of Rochester for a solid first place finish with lots of bullets -- followed by RIT and Syracuse rounding out the top three! Having completed all our rotations we ended the regatta today. Thanks to all the teams for their Corinthian Spirit and for providing an exhilarating day of racing.