Thanks to all for the comments... It sounds like even if the race could have happen, many crew members were home dealing with flooding basements. What a night!
Several people have asked me about pushing to next week. Unfortunately, I would have had to re-arrange my calendar to make that work (or find another RC), which led me to believe that many of the Skippers and Crew Members would have had to do the same, so decided that the Herring Bay Cup will just spend a year on hiatus...
Thank you for the early decision as some crew travel over 50 miles to get down there. Is it possible to do it next week? Regards, Bruce (Put-in-Bay)
Well, the the storm hit our warm moist air and began to gather speed and energy again. Even though it is passing a bit further north, the entire region is under both gale and tornado warnings, and several branches of the Federal Govt and schools have started sending people home which is also going to create traffic nightmares for the region when coupled with weather.
So... with a heavy heart, I'm calling the race for tonight--as well as any events out in Deale. Stay safe!
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Ida was downgraded to a Tropical Depression this morning and the NWS is no longer producing dedicated forecast products. However, the remnants of the storm continue to linger over the SE Inland states and slowing its approach back to the coast. The latest forecast shows the former eye moving more northward and passing over this general area closer to early Thursday morning, and I suspect it will continue to linger/slow as a local High pressure system sits over West Virginia pushing against its forward progress (which will also serve to weaken the storm).
Remembering that all models are wrong (and some are useful), and they only represent a snapshot in time based on current conditions and not an analysis of trends, I will continue to monitor the situation throughout tonight and tomorrow, but trends are suggesting a cool cloudy evening with a moderate southerly wind (< 20 kts) with a chance of rain.
It is easy to cancel a race at the last minute; turning it back on again is impossible. Therefore the race remains on for now; expect another update here no later than mid-day tomorrow.
I am monitoring Hurricane Ida for Wednesday. Current forecasts show that she is likely to be a Tropical Storm and the leading edge will start to pass over us Wednesday evening, (although she is starting to stall, which means she may not get here until Thursday). In general, she will push rain ahead of the main front, but once the outer reaches of system pass over the Eastern Shore, the storm will likely gather energy again which will mean a bunch more wind/rain for us... all depends on timing.
I'm not likely to call the race 'just' for rain, but if the wind forecasts and/or visibility look bad, I'll call it as early as I feel confident in the forecast (especially given that there are likely to be infrequent racers out there). For now it's on, but skippers should watch this space throughout Wednesday. In all likelihood, I will make the call at the last minute and (worst case) we can celebrate the season at Skippers.
This thread is the official notice board for the Herring Bay Cup.
I have attached the SIs for the race. Please note that while it is similar in format to last year (I've even secured a bagpiper), I have added a few new twists:
Very important reminders:
As a final note, please don't forget to come to the Dock Hop at HHS on Friday 17 September where I will unveil the Herring Bay Cup itself for the first time (hint: those who have been around much longer than I will have a certain fondness for elements of it).
See you out there!
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