Season over or not it is getting cold when the sun goes down, so we spent the nights on the pier plugged into heater power. Saturday was the lake's "Great Race" and it looked like a good one. Nomad, as usual, was going about her own business but the race fleet swept by at one point,
Deb got a bunch of pretty cool pictures, and it seemed like a good time was had by all. Well, except for the one boat we watched lose a spinnaker; a friend's boat who totalled their very expensive, racing main sail; and a different friend who broached a borrowed boat that put the mast in the water and sent the tiller extension to the bottom. Admittedly the winds were in the 15 to 20 knot range with gusts near 30, which (since racers like to step hard on the gas and loathe putting in a reef) may account for some of the carnage. Nomad suffers no illusion of being swift. With one reef in her main and the small jib hanked onto her tightened up forestay she was quite content, shrugging off the bigger waves while posting 5+ kts on the GPS all day long.
Over the weekend hundreds of pelicans swept over the lake, forming up and heading south. The clear, cool (almost cold) sky reflected blue in the lake. The Saturday night community fire warmed the bones in more ways than one. Toady's sail was equally as good, if a bit more tame. By weekend's end lots of boats were up on the hard and deals had made for those staying wet to bunch up around bubblers. Next weekend I'll be off traveling, the weekend after that we will probably need to winterize Nomad in the face of sub-freezing nights.