By Geoff Pease, Star Districts ‘22 Principal Race Officer and David Watt, event organizer
The Stars came out during the weekend of May 14th and 15th. What was to be a dreadful day of sailing during Saturday, May 14th, turned out to be quite beautiful. The Wind Gods blessed us with 8-18 knots of oscillating breeze from the SSW and kept the Rain Gods away. Playing off these long period oscillations was the key to doing well. Boats heading both directions (port and starboard) up the course just to pass either other – great for the PRO to see. After one hour-long races, the competitors were all finishing with in minutes of each other! Just after the second race finished, we had about a one hour timeout as the northerly and southerly convergence zone visited us, and killed all of the wind. Fortunately, the wind came back and we got a heavy air race in just before the day’s starting time limit expired. Saturday evening’s dinner, which was provided by Hey Jude Catering’s Judy Hebert, was super good and a well-balanced meal. During Sunday, the conditions were very, very wet with no wind in sight. After about a one hour postponement and waiting for the next weather forecast update, the competitors decided there were better things to do during a Sunday afternoon, so racing for the day was cancelled and the regatta’s awards were handed out with Danny Cayard and Jamie Buchan winning this Blue Star regatta. Thanks to Dave Watt for organizing the event, and to Danny Cayard for working on the SIs and NORs. And a big Thank You to Catherine Picha as a RC volunteer!