Mini Transat Report
The fleet of 21 foot racing machines has had a tough crossing of the Bay of Biscay. The conditions have seen the boats beating into 30 knots and more of wind.
British sailor Paul Peggs' mini was rolled and dismasted. Peggs was safely airlifted off. Also suffering a dismasting was one of the pre race favorites Lionel Lemonchois. He returned to port under jury rig. Other sailors who have been airlifted to shore are: Xavier More, Herve Gourdon and Radolphe Jacq.
Current race leader is defending champion Sebastian Magnen. Magnen is at 40 degrees north latitude 10 degrees west longitude. This puts him along the Portugal coast still north of Lisbon. 2nd is Kiwi sailor Chris Sawyer who is farther offshore than any of the lead boats. Sawyer covered more miles than leader Magnen with this gambit. 3rd is P.Y. Moreau, 4th is B. Rohau and 5th is Englishman Alex Bennet who is also hard on the Portugeese coast.
Conditions are beginning to ease off. The wind is going around North making for a drag race over the remaining 950 miles to the Canary Islands.
September in Muskegon
Muskegon MI on the east shore of Lake Michigan is home port of Sailing Daily. We have just been through a month of weather that is in line with historical norms.
The average temperature was 61.5 degrees. The high temperature came 5 September at 91 degrees. As luck would have it this hot air caused the Governor's Cup regatta to be a festival of light air. Our low temperature came on Wednesday the 22nd. 36 degrees was the low coming on the 2nd official day of fall.
Wind wise we averaged 7.9 knots. Both the Governors Cup and the Anchorage Cup had below average wind. For the 2 days of the Governors Cup average wind was 5.9 and 6.2. On the 11th the Anchorage Cup saw an average wind reading of 4.3 knots. Best day on average for wind was this past Sunday the 26th. The average was 14 with a peak gust of 34. The Muskegon Yacht club fleet sailing in the fall series saw several spectacular spinnaker roundups due to this heavy air.
Finally, September is usually the wettest month of the year in Muskegon. This year was an exception as only 2.57 inches of precipitation fell. In fact the first 7 days of the month saw 0 precipitation.
All in all September was a good month for sailing, fairly dry and with at least some wind. However, it will not last long. If you need storage for your boat Torresen Marine offers the following storage options: inside cold, inside heated, and outside both mast up and mast down. Receive storage information by clicking here.
Summer of '99 Sailing in Photos