This year the Longbranch Improvement Club celebrated opening day in the same fashion as years past, with a community breakfast and a regatta. The weather was cool and damp but the breakfast crowd, while smaller than in some years, was in good spirits and a wonderful breakfast was shared by all.
For the last 7 years Pat Thompson, myself and a small group of sailors have organized a small regatta for opening day. This year I was in charge of setting the race course and prepping the starting official with race start instructions. With my inside knowledge and an ability to make sure everything was in our favor, you would think that True Love would have had a decided advantage. Um…no. We crossed the starting line in 7th place (out of 10) and finished 8th. We had a great time nonetheless and are now definitely headed for a much needed haul out and bottom paint!
The racecourse was an “out and back” from the LIC dock to the #3 Nisqually channel marker and back. The winds were fluky in the bay as always but were blowing strong once the fleet entered Drayton Pass.
This year for the first time there was a cruising class and a spinnaker class. The race is not run on corrected time, being a fun event. This year the proceeds were donated to Mustard Seed, a local non-profit organization that helps the elderly in the Key Peninsula.
The results were: Spinnaker class first place and first overall, Mystic owned by Gene Brown. Second, Helicity owned by sandy Black. Third, Photo Finish owned by Denny Prichard. In Cruising class first, Saragasso owned by Bruce Jeglum, Second was Lavender Bleu owned by Pat Thompson. Third was Guds Fred owned by Virgil Iverson.
After the race many stayed to laugh and share race stories and to continue the opening day festivities. All in all it was a fun day and a nice continuation of tradition for the community.