Saturday morning was met with clear blue skies and a light west wind on the Halifax River in Daytona Beach, Florida. Racing was held south of the Halifax Sailing Association (HSA) Sailing Center, where our event was hosted. Racing was in sets of three W3 races, followed by rotations back at the HSA dock.
The first set was underway shortly after 10, with a west wind of about 4 knots. The current was significant, sweeping toward the south across the race course. As the third race of the set was underway, the wind field began to get patchy. Sailors found patches of wind that took them back to the dock for rotations.
After a delay of about 45 minutes, we began the second set of W3 races. The course was set with NNE winds of 4-5 knots, with the current mostly aligned with the wind. This made for slow windward legs and fast leeward legs. The wind was gusty (hitting more than 6 knots) and right-hand shifts were common. The clouds showing signs of the sea breeze were over the river (which runs parallel to the ocean). After race six the boats returned to HSA for rotations.
The third set was run under 5-6 knots of wind from the east, as the trusty sea breeze had finally filled in. Ultimately, the sailors were on a course that was 180 degrees from the first set of races. The current had let up a bit and the last set had some of the tightest races of the day. Multiple position changes occurred, as slight shifts and puffs made for big gains and losses. Racing finished at about 3 pm, with too little time to run the rotation and continue racing.
Overall, the racing was tight. Most legs had multiple position changes.
Congratulations to the College of Coastal Georgia Mariners for competing in their first SAISA event!
A special thanks to all of the volunteers from HSA and ERAU who helped make this event happen.
|1||University of Florida||Gators||11||11|
|2||North Carolina State University||Wolfpack||18||18|
|4||College of Coastal Georgia||Mariners||33||33|
The following chart shows the relative rank of the teams as of the race indicated. Note that the races are ordered by number, then division, which may not represent the order in which the races were actually sailed.
The first place team as of a given race will always be at the top of the chart. The spacing from one team to the next shows relative gains/losses made from one race to the next. You may hover over the data points to display the total score as of that race.