2014 NAC at Tom's River YC - Day 1 of Finals 7/23/2014
What a day on the beautiful Barnegat Bay! With a south/southwest wind 18-20 with some gusts to 25, it was a dog eat dog world out there! There 3 or 4 people overboard, and one boat over, and many just trying to stay upright.. The first start seemed like a gentlemanly start for the Championship Division. However, there was lots of yelling on the start in the Challenger Division, a boat or two doing spins. And in the second race, there was one general recall for the Championship Division before the Race Committee raised the "I" flag for BOTH fleets! The decisions skippers had to make were to go left with more chop and more wind or go right with less wind but flatter water. Oh the choices! Watching two local boats, one went left and the other went right, and when they met up with each other upwind, one had to dip the other, so which way was better? After the first day, the leaders in the Championship DIvision are Jeff Linton, John Kreidler and Rob Whittemore. In the Challenger Division they are Roy Childers and Joe Thorpe tied for first and third is Glenn Shaffer. Full results are here.