The first day of racing of the Lauderdale Olympic Class Regatta started with the trickiest condition known to the Atlantic Ocean just south of Port Everglades Inlet-northwest offshore breeze with instability due to the approaching cold front that arrived overnight Saturday. Racers of the Laser, Laser Radial, Finn and Laser 4.7s all saw shifts of over 30 degrees, which also hounded the Race Committee all day. Laser Radials did get off three trapezoid races with LYC’s alum and now Boston College and Olympic Development Program sailor, Sophia Reineke, staying consistent for an early lead in this three-day event. All other sailors in the 93 boat Radial fleet had a double-digit digger.
Canadians are are LYC en-force as they escape from a seriously cold winter in the tundra with Robert Davis atop the other 43 Laser sailors and Spencer Leman has an eight point lead over his Laser 4.7 cohorts.
LOCR is also Finn Midwinters with some top-level Olympic campaigners duking it out for ocean racing bragging rights. Luke Muller, who also coaches for LYC, maintains a two-point lead over the fleet after six laps around the tets Saturday.
The fun won’t end Sunday and Monday, as the cold pressure the Canadians promised to bring has arrived to Lauderdale Yacht Club. Sunday and Monday are going to be quite different with wind on wind and cool temps to keep the fleet on their toes. Shakeups will abound!