Governor's Cup Blown Away

In the days leading up to the Governor’s Cup regatta, the wind forecast was rising. By Saturday morning of the race (11/26), the wind was blowing over 20 with gusts to 30+ and no sign of slackening. Race organizer Mike Parker occasionally lifted his yellow wind gauge into the blast just to make sure, while walking from boat to boat to find out what people planned to do.
“Not race,” was the usual response. Keep the boat on the trailer. Some of the 18 entrants had rigged their boats and were standing by to see what happened. A little less wind and it would have been a great event. With this much, it was a scratch. Not that some weren’t ready to risk their equipment to give it a try and we understand some sails were trashed in the effort.
The revived Governor’s Cup is a long-distance race that threads around the edges of Lake Pleasant in order to reach marathon length: 26.2 miles. Last year the wind was good but not this good and the racers all finished quickly. Not this time. This time the giant Governor’s Cup trophy IS TENTATIVELY RESCHEDULED TO 12/26/2011.

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