First Sail of 2019

January 20, 2019
Sandpiper Sailing Begins Another Season - Story by Race Committee Chairman Bob Stevens, Photos by UseppaGin - A perfectly wonderful morning to start our season of Sandpiper sailing.  Five boats were out.  We did four races, each two legged, a beat and a run taking about 25 minutes to complete.  Breeze from the Southeast was more or less from 5 to 10 knots. Mike Carmichael, with his secret weapon Chinese-heart surgeon-sailboat-racer Dr. Jack as crew (who skippered the fourth race himself) won all four races aboard Spirit (U8). He just could not be beaten.  Charlie Chapin and Ray George traded off the skipper assignment aboard Buttercup (U1) and finished second in each race.  Patty P (U11), sparkling in her freshly refinished bottom and wood trim, managed three third place finishes.  She was skippered by John Coyle and Paul Swigert with Shane as able crew and morale officer.  OH! Happy Daze!! (U85) was out with the season’s crew Andy Hotchkiss and Dawn Jalowy schooled by the very able and enthusiastic Sandpiper sailor Ed King. Dawn, Andy and Ed took turns skippering, and Ed finished in third place in the last race, The other boat out was Purrfect (U4), skippered by its new owner, Mark Smith, with Wendi Simpson aboard as crew.  Bill’s Grille, managed by Kay Chapin, was its usual fine showing for us all.  Hamburgers and hot dogs were done by Vic Trino who was supervised with skill by Suzy Trino. Janet Smith supplied the baked beans, and special sauces. Carolynne Krusi and Linda O’Connell helped get it all together.  Nice start to our sailing season for everyone.  Dan O’Connell and his houseguest Neil were aboard the Committee Boat along with Ginny Amsler and her camera.  Sydney Stevens did her usual fine job with the starting sequence (even though I failed to connect the battery for the first try). Until next week.