36 days until the RED CHEVRON, First Annual Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta in beautiful downtown Corpus Christi, TX! We normally stand some 15 feet above the water on top of the sea wall and look down upon our boats with never a worry about a blocked view! In fact, the sea wall structure was originally designed as “An Amphitheater to the Sea” where spectators would watch sailboat races on the bay.
Winds are consistently strong this time of year and stream across the bay in an uninterrupted straight line. C and D rigs are the norm and the locals usually forego purchasing an “A” rig as there is never an opportunity for its use.
Is it too early to talk about weather? Yes and No. Today the brilliant folks at the weather service are forecasting Partly Cloudy skies, 77 degrees, with Winds from the South at 15mph. Tomorrow that forecast could change to Hurricane Force Freezing Winds, Pouring Rain, Ice, Snow, Massive Flooding, you name it. So, what do we do if the weather turns foul? Simple, WE SAIL! This venue is weather proof and so is the RC Laser! All weather reports from here on out are just to help our skippers pack the appropriate clothing. Here is a video showing the condition of the venue just hours after the passage of Hurricane Harvey.
Here are some additional photos and video of the sailing venue:
The Upper Walkway.
The Lower Walk Way
RC Lasers Lined Up and Ready to Sail
The Race Committee’s Pergola
Lunch will Arrive Soon
Preparing to Race
A Walk Way at Water Level and Another 15 Feet Above.
An Outer Sea Wall Divides the Harbor From The Bay.
Flat Water in The Harbor No Matter How Hard the Wind Blows
In the Distance White Caps Role Across Corpus Christi Bay