9 Seconds of a Lazy Day

My middle boy and I met up with Bob down at Lake Chesdin for the day. This reservoir sits on the border of Chesterfield and Dinwiddie Counties. We had UNA and Molly in tow. The public landing has two concrete ramps with a short sturdy pier between the two. The day was overcast and hazy with little humidity, thanks to thunderstorms the night before. The 7-10 mph winds never materialized, but the 0-5 offered some challenging lake sailing. Bob provided and early tow upstream using his Torquedo. The quiet motor pulled to generate an apparent wind that almost felt like sailing. We stopped maybe 2/3rds of the way for lunch before a fun sail home. No, we weren’t racing, but whenever there are two boats on the water …

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Torqueedo Bob

Molly and UNA traded tacks as we searched for the “luck”. A lot of racing is getting to that luck first.

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Molly strutting along. Nice sail shape.

The Sooty and Caledonia were very closely matched. I’m guessing my added crew made our displacements even. The Sooty does a slightly narrower water line beam. However, I observed that between 0-3 mph Molly slowly stepped away with +60 SF more sail area. Then, from 4-7 (high winds) UNA came into her own and seemed to gain on tacks.

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The frantic crew

The boats altered passing tacks maybe a dozen times all the way home. A win could not be claimed decisively. However, UNA got to the last bend in the lake first and slid home downwind. Just as we were about to tag base the wind died and on came Molly. She passed us not 60′ further off shore and scored a win in the last 100 yards. Congrats Bob! Looking forward to next time!

Here are 9 seconds of the “race” that typified the day.

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6 thoughts on “9 Seconds of a Lazy Day

      1. Harris

        Yes indeed, if can, want to be included, crazy last few weeks took us out of commission. Wonder if Bob plugged that well yet. Still passing in ME? H

      2. No Maine. Doesn’t fit the schedule. Can’t see going to the same place for that distance a 3rd time. You all will have a great full vacation though. Bob and I want to do the Chick when you get back. He tried my Honda and it fit his cut-out, but he needs the long shaft. He does have a nice and simple plug for his well too.

  1. Bob Thompson

    I still think Ed was faster most of the day. A lot of the lead exchanges took place when one boat got a nice puff that the other boat did not get.

    Look forward to sailing with Mabu, soon. Will see you in Maine at SRR, Harris.

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