The Road to Peeps (Easter Laser Regatta)

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by Merrily, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    I’m one of the luckier people on the planet right now. We drove through Texas this morning and part of the afternoon, arriving at Austin YC around 3 p.m. central time. We had lines of storms on the way with just buckets of water. The trees were beginning to sprout green but with endless ramshackle houses on flat lands along the way. As soon as we reached the Austin area things prettied up and it got hilly. There are dark green cedars or maybe they are junipers on the hills, and the glimpses into the Lake Travis valley was an almost stunning surprise.

    We are going to be comfortable in our camper, with a bit of a view to the east through some trees to the water. We’re close to the clubhouse, where there are bathrooms with showers. With the remnants of the storm, the wind is whistling and chiming through the rigging of the sailboats and birds are singing. The trees next to us have Spanish moss hanging in them.

    I’ve learned that tomorrow evening there are Laser and Sunfish races in the evening, so I hope to get in on that for some practice. I’ll definitely go sailing tomorrow and I’ll probably use my dry suit. The water is 58 degrees. Better than home.
     
  2. Merrily

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    OK, I just met Fred. I'll have to re-assess my luck. Ha! Fooled you. Just kidding. He told me he thought I'd be taller with big shoulders and sandy hair. :confused: I'm 5'6" with dark brown hair.
     
  3. DK Sailor

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    your a good writer.Sounds fun but I think the dry suit is to much.
     
  4. Merrily

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    Thanks. Maybe the dry suit will be too hot, maybe not. I'll stick my hand in tomorrow and also see what the air temp is. The dry suit isn't any hotter than hiking pants, fleece and spray top. It's goretex and it breathes. (You should hear it. It's a bit unnerving. OK, so I'm a little slap happy.)
     
  5. Michelle

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    Have fun there, Merrily! I did that regatta back in 2005 and had a lot of fun. Renee and Fred rock as hosts.
     
  6. jamesfreedman

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    I will drive down leaving Friday at 3pm. Takes me about 3 hours. I would go earlier but my fiance gets off work at 8am and she wants to sleep before we leave and she cant sleep in the car. I will sail in fort worth Friday during the day to get some more boat time. See you soon...
     
  7. Merrily

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    Looking forward to meeting you James. The sailing just didn't happen for me. By the time we got situated with food and shopping it was noon. One sailor showed up for some high wind practice--it was gusting to 30 knots. It was going to take me an hour to get ready, and by that time he was back in. The wind kept at it all afternoon, while we changed locations for our camper for some privacy. There's a Rhode Island college group here doing some practice. They sailed this morning and were waiting for it to die down, but finally gave up and packed up. No one showed up this afternoon to go out with, so I had an ale and now the wind is a nice manageable 12 gusting to 20 and I am too tipsy. Tomorrow!
     
  8. Merrily

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    We went to look for Merrilllleeee to take her and the hubby to dinner and nobody was around....PHooey

    good news>>>
    And Fishingmickey is bringing these again>>>


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  10. Merrily

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    Man, that merangue is making my mouth water.

    Phooey is right. We are around. We moved the camper to the lower parking lot by the water. Turns out that we were in an RV space. We've ended up in a much nicer spot, closer to the water, closer to the big boats, closer to the showers.

    Look us up tomorrow. I brought a little something to give you and I also have something from LooserLu for you.

     
  11. Merrily

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    The only things I hear are cars on the surrounding hills and some birds singing. Mist is rising on the water. In other words, there is not a breath of wind.

    Well, there is no use beating myself up for not seizing the wind yesterday.

    I'll prep everything and go out if it picks up a bit, which it may do. It's a pretty day in Texas with orange sun, blue sky and water, a bit chilly, I'm wearing a fleece jacket and hat over my jammies in the camper. We brought our bicycles, so we'll do a little touring if I don't sail.
     
  12. Rob B

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    Janet girl! Get that boat ready to splash in like 10 minutes if any breeze comes up!
    There is no substitute for on the water practice. Evey 30 minutes of roll tack and mark rounding practice you can get is crucial before you end up in a fleet of 40 boats!!!!

    Go for your bike ride, but before you do make sure your boat is ready to sail just in case a breeze comes up!
     
  13. Merrily

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    Relax, Rob. We're going to get the bike tires pumped up and be back in an hour. Then I'm going sailing. It's supposed to pick up a bit this afternoon. And I've heard to expect 50 to 60 boats.
     
  14. Rob B

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    Well!!! Welll !!! I, I.... I got nuthin....
     
  15. LooserLu

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    So, now, Merrily, you move a bit in the footprints of LooserLu. I enjoy my sailings at the big dutch lakes in the same way. Only difference: I use a tent, in reason the operating costs at GER for a camping van are really expensive here.
    From one of your photos, I am able to imagine a bit your camper :)
    Biking is a very good preparation for your body for the upcomming sailing.

    Day by day, your sensibilty for the nature grows, during you do that camping. It sharpens your sense for breezes, that flow through the trees and for the whole nature around of you. Aft some time, you already feel breeze that not reached you - but suddenly, a moment later, exact that breeze comes up, curious, but true.

    BTW: I heard, pro Laserites on toplevel are able "to feel" exact, if the apportionment of pressure of a breeze in the sail is optimal or not. This sense they need to get the best tuning for a fast Laser.

    Enjoy the cloudless nights and not forget to look for the milkstreet. At GER I can't see it, there to much citylight, but at the Lake Sneek I see that stars, although Lake Sneek is more to the nothern direction than my home.

    I have seen your photos of today. It seems to be the right place to have some good Easter days with much fun. The club seems to be right, it seems they keep order a lot for their area. I'd be afraid to ask how many hours of work the boss of the harbor had to work for that. Chapeau. I bet, there is not one single old filter of cigaret to find on the pavement.


    Ciao
    LooserLu
     
  16. Merrily

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    Lu, I'm not in the mood to answer your post, as much as I'd like. I'm sitting here with an ice pack on my head. Too slow with the tacking and I got a tremendous smack on the back of my head. It hurts like hell an hour later. I've been reading about concussions and the jury is still out. I need sympathy.
     
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    My head doesn't hurt as badly. I got smacked in the back of the head and I'm not sure how that happened. I was on port and tacking when it happened. Maybe there was an auto-tack. It's all very fuzzy. Hopefully it will feel all better in the morning.
     
  18. gouvernail

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    You can either believe Merilleeeee's posts above or consider she may have found a good source of these>>>>
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  19. LooserLu

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    Gouv, I would more love the second part of your last reply is true. But perhaps she really got a light concussion ( in Latin lang.:"Commotio cerebri") or a "slingshot-trauma" (1:1 translated that, what one get, if one is a driver in a car and another car crashes from behind into that car). There is nothing to joke about, true Merrily. Did you had a visit at a medical doc or an ambulance/clinic? It is not usefull for your health to sail on, today, perhaps you need in minimum a full day (24h or more) of doing no sports. There is no need to stay in bed generaly, that's the good news, "netdoktor.de" told me. If it is a slingshot-trauma, you have to stay in hospital for 24h, to be under control of the MD's, netdoktor.de says.
    However, make the best out of it. Here at GER the winter came back over night. I'm afraid, the hidden Easter eggs of the Easterbunnies are frozen at Easter-Sundays morning...
    Ciao
    LooserLu
     
  20. Rob B

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    Where's that post on helmets?
     

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