-blanking out on the port/starboard rule 45 seconds after MC Thom reminded everyone about it, and ramming Peconic Jeff, who looked at me incredulously as I turned into him (maybe that’s what motivated him to trounce me in the freestyle competition.)
-forgetting just about everything during my second freestyle heat (“Dude, remember to breathe,” King of the East Mike Burns said to me. You’d think I could remember that…)
-forgetting my BOARD Saturday night at the end of the first day’s festivities (thank you Joe Natalie for rescuing it and packing it as carefully as if it was his.)
-forgetting to post the Junior Division results and relay race results afterwards. Will get them up as soon as possible. Pete Roesch already reminded me that his son Devon won the Junior class…I’ve spent my Long Island windsurfing race career trailing behind Pete, and now I can look forward to additional humiliation in the wake of his son.
One thing I did right was to skip the board toss (ANOTHER thing Peconic Jeff won. I don’t think I can be his friend anymore…dude let me win something!) Last year I managed the shortest toss of the event (spiking the nose) so I wisely let this opportunity for failure pass me by. And I had nothing to do with the hole that was punched in Kurt's beautiful new race board (not that it stopped him from winning.) And I managed to meet Hudson River Windsurfing blogger Ian, and Dan Perelmen of NY Windsurfing MeetUp and Joanne who just bought her first windsurfing board and lots of other great people. And I got to match race with Ted Bretter (who I only beat because one of us had a weed fin.) Good times!
Now I look forward to the Fall Regatta. Boy will I screw that up!
(Top: My kind of freestyle, captured by Bill Doutney. Bottom. Even Buddha Mike's Buddha couldn't get me right. This particular Enlightened One is rendered from potassium theldspar, and is just a teense radioactive, according to Carver Jamieson.)