What a great weekend of racing in the 49th annual Island Hop Regatta! On Friday night my crew and I went out for a short shake down sail to make sure the boat was ready for the weekend of racing. There was around 20 catamarans and even one Corsair trimaran joined in on Saturday. Saturday started with a Tato-Nut Donut, fruit, coffee, and juice breakfast, followed by the skippers meeting then on to rigging and racing. Race 1 was from the Ocean Springs Yacht Club to the west tip of Horn Island. Once on the island everyone enjoyed a fried chicken lunch brought out by one of the support boats for the day. After lunch, we all launched the boats for the return trip, which is race 2 back to the OSYC. We ended the day with a pizza dinner and stories shared of the windy wavy adventures to and from the island. Sunday morning started with egg casserole, and baked fruit crumble with fruit, coffee and juice, followed by the skippers meeting and on to race 3. The weather was not cooperating so the race was delayed and the course altered due to the potential for severe weather. Instead of sailing around Deer Island, the course was to sail two times out to channel marker 12 near Bellefontaine and back. After all the boats were put up we finished the weekend with a hamburger cookout and the awards ceremony to celebrate the top three finishers in each class of boat. The wind on both days was fantastic trapping out conditions, and the boats were fast! You can see the results on Regatta Network.
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