Yachts don’t work very well if there isn’t
any wind, which is why skippers preparing to sail in the Mieco Beach Yacht
Club race spent much of Sunday morning wondering if they’d even make it to
the Outrigger Resort start line, let alone make it around the Majuro lagoon
But then, at about 11am, a club member
bumped into local personality Victor Milne, who said: “Not to worry. Right
now it’s low tide, so no wind. When the tide comes up, there will be wind.”
And he was right. Sort of.
The couple of knots of breeze was just
enough to push the boats slowly, slowly around the shortened course, with
long-time Marshalls resident Kevin Hart sailing his yacht Pteros into first
place on handicap.
Just ahead of him across the line was Ron
Douglas’ yacht Kaimana, which took third place on handicap. Second place
went to Cary Evart’s yacht Seal.
The other boats racing were Stardancer II,
Karmaladen, Navigator, and Sailor’s Run.
Following the race, an awards ceremony
emceed by Commodore Dee Johnson was held at the Outrigger Jakro Bar, with
the Sailor’s Run team pulling the premier prize out of the hat: A free
night’s accommodation at the Resort.
Other prizes included a drum of diesel from
MEC, Budweiser chairs, T-shirts from MIVA, pizza and beer from RRE, and gift
certificates from EZ Price.
The next Mieco Beach
Yacht Club race will be held on Sunday, February 15.
Author: Karen Earnshaw