The following took place yesterday on Lake
Charles. This was my secont time to race the Mac 19. I have my small
jib installed now and this was the first time to try it. I still have a
little adjustment to do, but it worked ok. The 19 handled fine in the blow
even though I was solo.
The course was to be Start, G, complete two circles
of the lake to G, then to the finish line. Winds were light. There
was a dark cloud to the South.
A lot of boats started and made their way through
the course. When the lead boats got to C mark, the winds went from 'light'
to 'STRONG' in about a minute. Solid white caps everywhere. I was on
a reach after passing H and A marks. I reefed the roller jib and
experienced a quick ride to B. After B, I tried to go close hauled but
couldn't make any progress, nor could I tack. Looking around, I saw
at least half the fleet capsized. I lowered my sails and started to offer
help. By this time everyone was back upright or was being attended to and
John Kalna had the rescue boat to help. The Race was officially
We all went in. No one was injured and there
was no, or little, boat damage. But, we will have stories to
A few more pictures coming next.