Wet windy weather greeted Nick, Scott, Glen and me on the way down to Oxford Saturday. Out of the north at 10-15 kts, we set a chute at the start and shot down to the mouth of the Choptank River. Unfortunately, Towney, CB and TC were all unable to make the regatta, so we only had three Albergs in the race: Harry (484), Lanny (562) and LinGin.
The Albergs started first and we actually made it down to the first mark (about 10 miles, I think) before any other boat passed us. Not bad for 39-year-old LinGin! Scott did some great spin work and we had a really nice ride.
The wind was such that it was a straight shot up to the mouth of the Tred Avon River. From there we tacked up the last couple lines to the finish and got the gun. (Apparently the birds in Oxford aren't as sensitive to noise as they are in Annapolis.)
There was a lot of laughing and we only had a real downpour in the last couple miles. We had a nice dinner at the Pier St. Restaurant, and Mr. Whaley didn't upset the waitress the way he did in St. Michaels. (BTW: He's going to start rating Eastern Shore restaurants--"Whaley's Waitress Whales". It will be based on just how poor the service is. There will be a component that factors into your High Point Score, but that part is still in draft. We'll keep you posted here at the LinGin blog.)
Great job crew, and special props to Nick for bringing doughnuts and coffee for breakfast on the way down!
p.s. This put us into first for High Point. See the standings link on the right side of this blog.