It was challenging sailing, all right. But never let that interfere with the festivating! After two MO races on Saturday, the RC tried to pull off a third, but between war-weary crews and a good party cranking up on shore, wisely chose to bring us in for mead-a-ritas and music instead. Never let it be said that the Dixie revelers take our theme lightly! Horned helmets ruled the appetizer table (never mind that the Vikings didn’t actually wear those arresting headpieces — WE did, so that’s all that matters), and before the dancing began in earnest we had a rousing game of Kuub going in the yard. It would have been a special weekend even without a theme to make us rowdy — for unless anyone in the Southeast has been living on a different planet this past year you just might be aware that Jacksonville’s Paul Abdullah and AYC’s home-grown Marie Thompson chose Dixie weekend for their long-awaited wedding. So there was plenty to celebrate!
We did manage to squeeze in the remaining three races on Sunday, for a full complement of five. The Purple-Fleet/Green-Fleet concept still worked this year (although we would hope for a more even balance in the future), thus giving us two sets of winners. Congratulations to Brad in the Purple Fleet, and to the Green Fleet’s Larry and Connie Wagner from the Rudder Club, who returned to the Dixie after many years’ absence but with winning skills still intact. Get your thumbnail sketch here, or look for a complete report in the next Bagpipe.