Tomorrow's forecast is more of the same. We may need to replace the morning walk with an extra slalom ski run ... or two ...
So what do you do when the heat index is 108? Too hot for anything more than an almost early morning walk with backpacks & hiking boots up & down the "dam" hills...
Did I mention not a breath of a breeze? Oooohhhhh.... WAIT! Not good for a sailor or for anyone wanting a bit of wind chill on a 108 heat index afternoon....
But pretty darn wonderful for slalom skiing! :)
Tomorrow's forecast is more of the same. We may need to replace the morning walk with an extra slalom ski run ... or two ...
Here's Rowan on his first ski run on the 4th of July! A few days from turning 3, Rowan earned the record as the youngest skier on the lake ... at least until Brooke went a few minutes later ... she's not quite 2!
Gilly, who's 4, wasn't quite sure about her first ski run this weekend. So how do we teach these kiddos to ski?
First we borrow the skimmer ski from Ghere's and put it in the front yard for the little ones to play on. Then David shows Rowan how to stand on the ski and we discovered the rope was too long for our little shortie.
Then we borrow Shane's giant ski gloves and Daddy pulls Rowan around the yard, chased by two cute blonde girls ... Ava & Maggie.
Now it's time to graduate to the water. Daddy holds the skimmer ski and Grandad is ready to catch Rowan at the other end.
Then the "horses" take off running as fast as they can pulling the skimmer ski across the bay. And three new little skiers are delighted and shrieking for more!
Nothing, it looks like paradise. #1. Grande Anse Beach, La Digue Island, Seychelles
But sitting here waiting for my six month old grandson to wake up from his nap (the rest of the family's at the beach), I stumbled across CNN's Top 10 Beaches in the World article - click here to see their selections.
The bad news is I've only been to TEN of the top 100. How depressing is that? Maybe I need to add beaches to my endless bucket list. Oh dear, so much to do, so little time. :)
Happy 4th of July!
Grandkid #4 - Dane's first overnight at the lake!
Such a ladies man, he had Lily & Madison busy entertaining him.
And then learned to enjoy the air chair swing on the porch with Grandad & big sis, Gilly. All the grandkids love the air chair swing.
Wonder if we'll get any sleep tonight? It's all part of the adventure!
Since son Billy recently got out of the Navy and before that went to the US Naval Academy, our chances to spend time with him have been few and far between. Now he's a partner in his own business, Military Traveler LLC - download the free app on IPhone or Android, detailed military base information for ... guess who, military travelers! Or visit the new website basedirectory.com. And tell all your friends who might know military travelers!
Despite the weather being marginal, we thoroughly enjoyed having Billy & Laura visit the lake. We did get in a bit of skiing and hanging out with the entire family, even enjoyed a couple Ghere family ski shows!
Wait! There's a missing skier photo. No one took photos of me on my new slalom ski, but that's OK, I haven't mastered it yet... photos to come!
Then Billy finally got his chance to introduce Laura to sailing. It was a bit windier than they would have preferred, although you'd never notice it from this photo.
You want to WHAT? Ski together despite it only being the 3rd time Laura had gotten up on skis. OK, let's GO! :)
Do they look like pros or what! :)
As they finished, we were hailed from the dock by Ryan who wanted to go barefoot skiing ... barefoot skiing doesn't happen every day on Lake Mattoon & Laura was privileged to be present for Ryan's impromptu ski show.
As another two days of fun at Lake Mattoon comes to a close, we'll look forward to this weekend when grandkiddos Gilly & Dane will spend the night while mommy & daddy go visit Jimmy Buffett in Chicago.
We get up at 5:30 to drive back to the lake from Nationals ... we wanted to get to a special friends son's wedding, but fate intervened...
How long has it been since you had a front tire blow out on the side of the interstate zooming along at 70+ mph and pulling a sailboat. For us, never happened. Until we're rushing to make it to the wedding. We got it changed in record time, allowing for the fact that we were reading the instruction book for each step and the wheel seemed to be taking lessons from our cruising boat, Winterlude. It had corroded to the axel, or whatever wheels are attached to when they're supposed to pull off. Of course, by now we weren't going to make the wedding.
Then about a half hour away, the heavens opened and it stormed -- to the tune of 6" an hour, plus wind, cloud to ground lightning and teeth rattling thunder. We pulled over and then slowly drove home through those flooded roads that every safety precaution says NEVER to drive through. But we made it... and Billy & Laura made it for a visit, just in time for us to leave to go to the wedding reception! Which was a BLAST and we are SO glad we made it. Congratulations to Nick & Brittany! We're glad we got to share of your special day!
10 total races at ANY Y Flyer Nationals is a new record, but in Atlanta, where the summer reputation for wind is nil, it's a near miracle! Congrats to AYC for putting on a fabulous Nationals with 41 boats ultimately competing and WIND!!!
Friday would prove to be another great day of racing ... ultimately we got 3 more races in back to back, for 5 straight hours on the water with no break. Luckily we knew that was a possibility & brought along sandwiches & apples - other competitors made fun of us as we drifted between races relaxing and eating our lunch, but I think they were secretly jealous!
Here are some photos of our Y Flyer family ... just like cruisers feel like family, so do one design racers. The theme of this year's Nationals was "Family Reunion" and despite the spirited competition on the water, off the water, these people are our family and we love them!
Before I show scores, meet Tony & Vicky Passafiume, our 2013 Y Flyer National Champions! As Tony pointed out, the last time they won a Nationals, they were Tony Passafiume & Vicky Price, but no longer! CONGRATULATIONS!
OK now that the scores are out of the way, on to the photos! Enjoy!
"Poor" Mark & Jill, always the maid of honor & never the bride, in 2nd place! Congrats Mark & Jill!
And then there's us! WooHoo 3rd Place overall, tied for our best finish at Nationals ever!
We were lucky to beat Clint Hodges, he is one tough competitor & the highest finishing competitor from AYC. Congrats Clint!
Bob Rowland ... I didn't get a good photo, but he finished 5.
Oh wait, another photo of Tony & Vicky. When you win, you deserve to have more than one photo in the blog! Here are random shots of other trophy winners & stuff going on.
There are numerous other trophies awarded -- this one is the Kohn Trophy, for the best three last races, won by Mark & Jill Barton with two bullets out of the last three races!
Bullet Trophy presentation to any competitor who wins a race -- yes, that's us on the far right of the photo! Bullets are first place finishes, coveted little trophies!
The Challenger Fleet winners, Jim Womble and Katherine Bridge. Have you noticed all the GORGEOUS younger women crewing in this Nationals? :) Congrats to Jim & Katherine. The Challenger Fleet exists to allow less experienced skippers to compete against each other within the overall competition, they sail the same race course at the same time as all the boats, but there's a second set of scores.
The Helen Hanley trophy goes to the highest finishing female skipper, won this year by Amanda Hodges.
Ned Goss, Charleston SC, won the Smitty Smithfield Trophy, for the highest placing first time Nationals competitors.
7 Junior boats competed for the Junior National Championship and Shelby Hatcher, front & center won another Junior Championship title!
Carlin & Amanda Hodges were awarded the coveted President's Award for their ongoing contributions to developing Junior Y Flyer sailing, the future of our fleet!
Ray Marley wins the Dapper Dan award, which is awarded for the most outrageously dressed competitor for his hockey mask on the water. The rest are just photos of the awards banquet -- followed by a Beatles band providing fun dance music!
Here here! Ya'll come back now, Y Flyer Nationals 2014 is yet to be announced, but we'll be watching!
Thursdays scores before protests. A great day of sailing, lots of fun and also lots of frustration!
And more pics ....
TIme to take boats out of the water....
Typical crew paddle to get the boats in from the lake.
Nile directing boat traffic coming out of the water ... 4 ramps creates all kinds of traffic jams!
It's a family reunion and look who showed up! Merrill and Maggie Callen! :) The best!
Mark & Jill Barton from Little Rock ... fastest wooden boat on the water!
And here's David & I .... my favorite skipper and best friend ... and husband too. We're actually here & now that we have six races and threw out our over early (41 points), we're hopeful for a better finish. Tomorrow will tell the story -- hopefully three races and hopefully we'll sail better... like I've said earlier .... tomorrow IS another day!
Wednesday morning dawned bright and cloudy... but no more storms in the forecast, even though at times the clouds looked ominous. But there was NO wind ... glassy calm allowed the morning skippers meeting be conducted leisurely. Then a postpone flag ashore allowed the Y Flyer Annual Meeting to happen during a postpone rather than after dinner Weds evening -- a relief to all!
But before I get to the morning photos, I know you're all dying to know who's winning .... Mark & Jill Barton, followed closely by Tony & Vicky Passafiume... here's the scorecard after three races this afternoon -- all full Olympic courses.
If you're at all observant, you'll notice that no one named David or Jan Irons appears at the top of the leaderboard. :( After the first two races we were in a virtual 5 way tie for 1st place. Then came the third race and we were over early and didn't know it so we received an OCS score, which is the number of competitors - last place. The good news is if we get in 3 more races, the ever important throw out will let us throw out our OCS and get back into competing for this regatta. With a total of 8 more races scheduled over the next 2 days, we'
In the meantime, despite our bad luck, lots of people had fun today -- don't get me wrong, we had fun, just not in the third race at the finish line! Here are some photos from this morning....
After breakfast but before the skippers meeting, lots of folks were reading the race instructions, always important to know things like what the course might be and if you have to check in before each race.
At the skippers meeting, Means Davis, the PRO (principle race officer) clarifies questions about the race instructions. And then we wait for wind... Shortly before lunch, the wind piped up a bit and all the boats sailed out to the starting line, only to sail around a bit in a dying breeze and come back in for lunch.
But before lunch John & Andrea Bright were pulling their boat out of the water ... never a good sign from a top competitor. Turns out John's main halyard has let go. So this shot is "how many Y Flyers does it take to fix a broken halyard so John can race again?"
Y Flyers are like cruisers in many ways, and challenges bring out the best in all. No one wanted to see John not compete, so many people pitched in to provide parts so John could get his boat hack together and back in the water before lunch. Isn's that COOL? I love the spirit!
One of three docks full of Y Flyers ... and it's time to go racing! Besides, tomorrow IS another day!
Photos from the Welcome Aboard party ... a Tuesday night tradition proceeding Y Flyer Nationals. A fun night with old friends greeting each other, some who have not raced against each other for an entire year. Lots of catching up to do! This year's theme a "Family Reunion" is most appropriate. THANKS AYC! Here are some random people photos for anyone interested. If you're not a Y Flyer, see if these folks look like they're having fun & come join us! :)
Don't ask my why Bob appears so grumpy when everyone else is having a great time ... or why Anthony managed to get his picture in this three times.
Congrats to reigning Jr National Champ, Shelby Hatcher!
Lots of fruits here for the Y National Championships! Check back soon for more pics ... I hope. It gets harder to get photos when I'm racing for hours during the day, but I'll try!