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ANOTHER RACY WEEKEND September 15, 2009

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Racing, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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From what I herar, this was not a great weekend to sail. Saturday was light of wind and Sunday started that way and ended with some rough weather.

For me, it was race weekend at Sebring, FL. For those of you not familiar with Sebring International Raceway, it is a WWII training field for bombers. Most of the course is still ran on the 70 year old concrete. The area is as flat as a pool table and the old concrete is as rough as any race track in the world.

We got there and set up Friday afternoon. About time to cook dinner, the storms started. We got our hamburgers cooked and a couple beers drank before we had to seek refuge in the trailer.

Saturday morning started with rain, so we decided not to run the qualifying session. We are ahead in the annual points race and did not want to risk the car since we do not have rain tires. The first sprint race it was still raining. We went out and ran five very slow laps to score some points.

The second sprint race in the afternoon was dry, but the track was very green. That means there was no rubber on the track and it was very slippery. Secondly, with the place being as flat as a pancake, there was standing water along the race line in several corners. We finished second.

Sunday morning was beautiful, after a stormy night. Qualifying was OK, and again we came in second in the morning spring race. We were prepped for the afternoon race when a very heavy storm started coming toward the track. We were packed except for the car and when seeing the storm we just drove the car into the trailer and forgot about the race. We still should be ahead on points. We were happy we left. The track got slammed during the race and a friend who we had our trailer beside was at the track when it hit. He was in his trailer and tood refuge in his truck because the storm was so violent. He said it tore off a small ventilation hatch in the roof of the trailer. The lightening was also severe. Not uncommon for Florida. Some weekend are better then others.

I want to go sailing.

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