Thistle Nationals Day 5 – Long Day Race 5 & 6

From Jeff Eiber – Thistle 4027

Thistle Nationals Thursday May 19, 2022

Oof. This was a long day of sailing on the St. John’s river in Jacksonville Florida. Anticipating an 11:00am on time start the fleet left the Florida Yacht Club harbor before 10am and followed the RC boat for the next 3 hours waiting for the wind to settle and fill.
Racing started after 1pm in a moderate oscillating southerly and strong southbound flood current. The runs on the windward-leeward courses were long and hot in the 90°F temps.
Between races support boats refilled water bottles keeping the fleet coherent and making a second race possible. The RC did a great job quickly starting the second race. The last boats pulled out of the water just after 6pm.