By Marc Danner
The day started with the Junior More sailing class rigging boats with new sails! (The ASF board voted to replace the well-worn original sails with crisp new ones.) The kids practiced starts, rounding the marks in the right direction and trying capsize drills (to cool off).
There was excitement in the air with the new Sunfish fleet getting a pep talk from fleet captain Bob Naylor. Bob drummed up a fleet with eight entrants this summer so he had other Sunfish to race against in his (actually his wife’s) new boat.
The wind did not disappoint! As each fleet started, the wind continued to build from the southwest, testing everyone’s skills and dumping several in the drink. Commodore Rob Gibbs assisted boats as they lay on their sides.
Many fleets were able to get three or more races in before the wind became too strong to continue. The Junior fleet played in the water while others struggled to get back to the dock, but all made it safely.
To cap it off, the day ended with a celebration gathering at Fates Brewery.