Oxford, Maryland

Paul Cayard StarThe Oxford Fall Wind Up is a tradition in the Star Class for 63 years. Tred Avon is the host club and this year the Wind Up also serves as the tune up regatta to the North American Championship which will be, here in Oxford, on Wednesday, November 8-11.

I am back to Star racing, and looking forward to good competition and camaraderie with fellow Star sailors. I am also happy to be on the Eastern Shore of Maryland which is a beautiful part of our country. Brian and I are staying with my long time friends Tom and Alexa Seip at their beautiful farm in Easton, Maryland. Alexa is a competitive horse rider… not sure if that’s how you say it… so there are horses and barns and hay and stables and horse pens on the property. I spent an hour with Alexa and the horses yesterday morning. Very cool to see and learn about something new and different.

Back to the Star; I am racing with here Brian Terhaar. This is the first time we have teamed up. We are using my Folli Star, also for the first time, so there are a couple of good reasons to be here early.

The fleet of 30 Stars raced three races today on the Choptank… a part of the Chesapeake Bay. The wind was 10-15 knots from the Northwest. It was shifty and choppy out on the Choptank!

Brian and I won the first race, which was my first race in this boat. A good omen, hopefully!

Arthur Anosov and his crew Dave “Julius” Caesar sailed very well to win races 2 and 3 while we finished second and third respectively.

After three races Anosov and Caesar lead the regatta with 5 points while Brian and I have 6.

Two races are scheduled for tomorrow starting at 1030. I guess they like to get in early for football and burgers around here. Sounds good to me.

For complete results go to: www.regattanetwork.com/event/9020#_newsroom+results

Paul