I wanted to give you my extended weather forecast for the rest of this year. It's going to rain, it's going to rain a lot, and I am too old to sail in the rain.
It does not mean that I do not want to sail. It just means I find other things to do on race day — like go upstairs into the yacht club, sit next to the fire, and have a huge breakfast.
It's truly not the best thing to do to increase my boat speed, but it was fun to watch the kids get ready for last weekend's Portsmouth Folly race at the Balboa Yacht Club. Harrison and Will Vandervort, Andrew Luttrell, and Megan Kenney, all moved around the club with plenty of enthusiasm, rigging their boats and watching the breeze and rain pick up.
I returned back to work and watched the race from the safety of my computer screen — another bad call on my part because 35 entries and more than 50 people showed up to race on that cold, wet winter day. The big winners were everyone who attended, and Susan Kenny was there again catching everything on film, which can be viewed at susankenney.smugmug.com/Sailing. The people who brought home the pickle dishes were Molly Lynch, Paul Blank and Derek Pickell in the center board class and Tucker Cheadle, Karl Pomeroy and John Whitney in the Keel Boat class.