(Above picture of Bob Scott taken by Julie Cassel of the Barefoot Sailing Club)

In preparation for the 2011 World Police and Fire Games, sailor Bob Scott, who World Financial Group (WFG) is proudly supporting in the games, participated in the “Around Lake Lanier Alone” race on April 9.  In the race, sponsored by the Barefoot Sailing Club, Bob sailed the lake on a Catalina 22 Halligan.  (Bob will be racing a LASER class boat in the World Police and Fire Games.) The race, as the name implies, was run on Lake Lanier.

Bob and his wife, Kelly, detailed the race, which is all about testing the sailor’s skill and endurance. “‘Around Alone’, as the race is affectionately called, is a 13-mile, single-handed race that tests the skill and determination of the solo sailor. Single-handed racing is just what it sounds like, racing sailboats without a crew. The Captain must do everything from adjusting or changing sails, choosing tactics, reading the wind, getting water, making lunch, etc, all this while still driving the boat.”

The conditions for the race were not ideal – it started with winds of up to ten to fifteen miles per hour, and forced the sailors to quickly decide whether to sail on the east or west side of the lake.  Bob chose to sail along the Lanier’s west side, which turned out to be the better choice, as the winds died down about halfway to Buford Dam, turning the race into “a light air battle,” according Bob and Kelly.

Halfway through the race, the boats rounded an island near the dam and the winds picked back up again.  Bob took advantage of this change, which allowed him to beat his nearest competitor by almost five minutes.

(Above picture of Bob Scott taken by Julie Cassel of the Barefoot Sailing Club)

This is Bob Scott’s second run in the “Around Alone” race and his second victory.  His winning race time was 2 hours, 19 minutes and 46 seconds.  Keep reading wfgsports.com for the latest on Bob’s preparation for the 2011 World Police and Fire Games.

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