Jan 9, 2011, 3:40 PM
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Thank you John for your observations. But I feel I should clarify some "thinking" that was going on the Signal Boat that morning. Yes, even as unpaid RC members vs others who are paid to work at regattas, we really do feel an obligation toward the safety of the competitors. I thought I referred to the weather conditions the previous day as rather wild.
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The discussion from the Committee, which the folks on the Signal Boat would attest to, was that the girls were "tired", and therefore the final race of the Championship should be abandoned. Please remember, that these were not long races, 35 to 40 mins. It had nothing to do with the possibility of a repeat of the weather we had seen the day before. As a matter of fact, I had been in contact via cell phone, with a "friend" in a tower at an airstrip in Milwaukee, 90 miles away, and in his opinion, we had good sailing weather ahead. So, I guess if that is "lucky", so be it.
Prior to the start of the previous race, at the Chief Judge's suggestion, we posted an announcement to the flee, that there would be another race to follow to complete the series. We felt, since we had a good forecast, that was the proper procedure to follow, so that the top contenders would understand the playing field they were on, and could plan their strategy accordingly. This was imparted to the Committee between races, but I don't think they quite understood what that meant.