The air was light to non-existent. John Van Voorhis, our PRO for the day, postponed on shore. After a while though the sailors got restless and with the promise that the wind would come in around 1 pm decided to make an attempt to sail up river.
I thought those sailors were far too optimistic but Jess, Tom, and I decided to go up to Gravelly Point with Shadowfax in tow and see if the wind would come in. After sitting on the shore for quite a while, with planes landing over our head, we finally saw the first boat appear around the point. Then we saw that there was indeed some wind coming up the river from the south.
We got to work setting up Shadowfax and sailed south to where John had set up the course. We arrived in the starting area just as the first race was finishing up. Better late than never.
Unfortunately, I discovered I had left our spinnaker at home. Argh. We did well upwind but then had to point straight downwind sailing wing and wing with our weight all the way forward. Meanwhile the other sailors set their spinnakers but had the problem of to trying to keep them full which was no easy task in the light air. Jeff Neurauter and Heather Howard on their Bucc figured it out and sailed past us. However, we were able to keep the others just behind us at the leeward mark.
Bottom line, the wind was sufficient and it was a fun day of sailing! Never say die.