Pre race forecasts indicated a cold front would cross the lake/race course on Monday. Indeed as Sunday became Monday this front crossed.
In Muskegon temperatures peaked at 82 degrees at midnight and dropped to 75 by 0600. Winds during the same span increased from 7 knots at 2100 to 18 knots at midnite.
At the norther Michigan buoy wind was 9.7 knots last nite at 9. Winds then increased to 17.5 knots by 0350.
This front allowed the leading boats to complete the last part of the course in something like 9 hours as opposed to over 24 hours for the portion from the start to the Manitous.
For once the weather developed as forecasted!
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