One can never know what the weather holds in store. After a delayed and abbreviated spring that lasted a few hours, summer descended on Ohio. Racing at Berlin Yacht Club didn't start this year until May. The sailing season seems to have caught a puff and is accelerating to full speed.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the wind was very light to absent. The sun beat down and the humidity was oppressive. There was one very slow race on Sunday and two slightly faster - very slightly - races for the single-handers on Monday.
The following Wednesday promised lots of wind and the threat of storms. When it came time to race, the wind was blowing pretty steady at 8-10 mph and gusting perhaps in the 20's. The rain missed Berlin. From the anchorage, the wind was close to being too much. A handful of boats ventured out and were rewarded with a beautiful evening of spirited racing. The course was a modified windward set pretty far to the south side of the lake with long legs between marks. The leeward mark sat outside the southwest cove, which lent some unpredictability to the wind on that end of the course. From the chase boat, it looked like exciting racing that kept the skippers on their toes (and heels!). More nights like Wednesday will make for a great racing season.