Started at 5:25pm on the Governors Cup course–52.6 nautical miles. Tacked upwind in 8-12 knots of breeze to first mark. It’s 8:40pm and we are 10.84 miles from Catawba buoy , rounding in 11 knots of breeze slightly cracked off the wind. Once on Catawba we will head north to mouse Island and east into Sandusky channel, then turn back around for a finish at Put-in-Bay after rounding Ballast Island.
The Opti, as it is most often called, is designed for use by small children up to fifteen years of age. As a single-handed sailing dinghy, the Opti is perfect for beginner sailors. The Optimist was designed in Clearwater, Florida, sixty-nine years ago, by Clark Mills. Tom Coleman, often referred to as the guru of Optis, claims the boat has become “THE definitive teaching boat for hundreds of thousands of children the world over.”
The Mills Trophy Race, presented by the Toledo Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club and held annually in early June, will hear the starting gun at 5pm today. According to the event organizers, “The race is open to the following classes: PHRF, JAM, Double-Handed, Multi-Hull and Classics. The three courses offered, depending on class and boat rating, all begin near the Toledo Harbor Light and end at a finish line off of South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay).”
The images below were captured by the WTOL 11 / JetExpress Cam at 5:20pm Saturday evening. The ship was maneuvering for a port side, stern in docking.