Friday, July 12, 2002
The organizers are catching on fast.
By 9 am, a more aggressive wind chant was conducted by the Junior Learn To Sail
instructors and students. By 10 am, competitors were scrambling to make
the starting line. Today was almost a perfect day for sailing - sunny
skies, steady winds at about 6 knots, very competitive races but still extremely
hot. For the third day in a row, temperatures at the club peaked at or
over 40 degrees Celsius. Average temperatures are usually 28 degrees at
this time of year. Environment Canada is still trying to figure out why we
had wind on the lake during a day in which a high system sat stalled over the
area. We credit the summer breeze to our "Wind God" and the chant.
Four races were conducted before lunch. Each race was competitive.
results page for complete details. The Kelowna Yacht Club hosted an
all American food theme with subs in the afternoon and a steak and chicken BBQ
in the evening. The "Mike Perkin's Trio" entertained in the early evening
offering smooth jazz to match the sweltering heat. The stiffness of the
competition from that days racing was evidenced by the number of protests heard
by the official judges that evening.
There were brief experiences with nudity on the beach that evening. Of
course, the participants were under the age of two. One of the guests
insisted that diapers be put on the young lad because he was making some of our
men feel a little inadequate (or so the story goes).
Submitted by D. Hamilton