The temperature at my house this morning was -23 with at windchill of -55 and the surrounding snow covered farm fields were covered with waves of blowing snow that looked a lot like an angry lake or ocean. Warm thoughts of the Southern Circuit or a Tuesday evening beer can race are probably the best way to get through the cold.
This year Nick Turney will again be leading the mentor program during the Southern Circuit. Not to worry if you have never sailed in Miami or St Pete, Nick and the rest of the sailors will point you in the right direction. I guarantee you will have a good time. Go to the ILCA website and register now.
The World Championships are being held in Espoo, Finland in June. The organizers are hard at work preparing for a great event and I am excited to visit Finland for the first time. Discovering new people and places is one of the best parts of the Lightning Class. I have no idea how warm it will be but there is a sauna in my rental house!
In August the Buffalo Canoe Club will be hosting the WJMs and NAs. They did an outstanding job hosting the 2015 Worlds and I imagine this event will be even bigger and better. Get your passport ready and book your housing. This should be a record-breaking event for total participation, can we beat 160 boats? (53 WJMs + 107 NAs, Sheboygan 2014)
There are about 100 other regattas going on… ACCs, Districts, Regional Regattas and countless club races. Not to mention that any day is a great day to go for a sail in your Lightning, especially your classic Lightning. Make plans to get out on the water and I hope to see you there!
Fair Winds, Todd