By Randi Somers
Breezes ranged from one to three knots Saturday, making for a very leisurely Labor Day weekend race for Homer’s sailors.
Ron Downing, winner of several races this season, was one of three racers stranded at the green can for nearly an hour. “Then we lost all wind 100 feet from the finish and were sucked toward the ferry dock so I had to turn on the motor (thus disqualifying.)”
Downing said that the initial plan for a course was abandoned due to lack of wind and they just “raced” from the Hickory dock around the green can shoal marker a little west of the Spit, 2.8 nautical miles.
Martha J placed first with actual time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 49 seconds, handicap corrected to 2:06:32; Stella took second with 2:20:18 corrected to 2:10:04; Winter Hawk, third with 2:41:18 corrected to 2:29:31; Alandra’s Lee fourth, 2:50:40 corrected to 2:39:33; Arctica, 2:56:31 corrected to 2:45:46; Dolphin 3:37:36 corrected to 3:27:06; Mariah, 3:35:10, corrected to 3:30:10. Heather’s Dance and Morning Star did not finish.
This was the last race of the season.
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