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 Post subject: Burning Dragon Fun Sail
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:41 am 
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Burning Dragon Fun Sail
Thursday we left to begin our journey down. We had to stop by and pick up some sails then journey inland to visit the base in Fairfield. After a drive to Mill Valley lengthened by 101 being closed we were about ½ an hour late picking up the sails. We then drove out to Fairfield and had dinner then found a nice lot to park in and slept for the night.
Friday we got up and had breakfast and drove to Travis AFB to get some shots and thing in order for my trip. After a couple shots we were on the road for the lake. We arrived and began to set up the camper and boat for the weekend. The campsite was pretty empty and we had our choice of sites and held a couple for the other people coming. We got the boat rigged and began to repair the damage from the worlds. People began to arrive and spots were filling up quick. This was the closer for Fleet 20 this season and we had a good turnout. Dinner was a barbecue on the Fleet 20 trailer with oysters, crab, salmon and sausages donated by several fleet members. Fires were lit in the fire pits and we all chatted and enjoyed the evening.
Saturday morning we had a nice breakfast in the camper and after we took a short walk with the dogs. There was a light breeze and we got dressed and put the sails up for some time on the water. Daisy took the helm and we sailed up and down the lake. We are working on Daisy driving and me crewing and it is coming along nicely. After several laps up and down the lake we came in for a little lunch. By this time the camping area was pretty full and there was a great turn out. Mark announced the race for the day and we set the course. Chris got a head start on the laser and with light fluky winds we all set off for the dam. We were second boat to the dam and quickly passed the laser on the reach across the dam. We then set the spin and worked our way down the lake. In the light winds one boat would surge ahead then get stuck in no wind as the boats from behind would catch up. We managed to protect our lead and got the first place finish. We came back to the beach and began to get things ready for the dinner. Mark and Mike had built a Dragon for the burning ceremony after dinner and the kids had been busy helping to paint it.
Some had dressed in costume for the pre dinner party with Pirates and Maidens everywhere. The king and queen were even in attendance. The pot luck dinner was a feast and had enough food to feed more than twice as many as were there. After the dinner people began to gather for the burning of the dragon. Fleet 20 have been closing the season with a “Burning” fun sail for years now. Every year we burn something different. The Fire pit was lit and we waited till we had a good fire to transfer to the dragon. Wood was stacked at the base and fire was brought forward and the dragon began to burn. As the dragon burned we all cheered and then the dragon was taken down with a sword. People gathered by the fire pits or went to bed as the night went on.
Sunday saw a nice light breeze blowing and Daisy and I had a quick breakfast and got on the water. There was another boat out so we chose to sail some more. The wind dropped and was very light so we only got a lap in before we hit the beach. There was a huge pot luck breakfast going with all kind of food from muffins to crab benedict, with potatoes eggs and all kinds of other food to satisfy your cravings. We then went to the fleet meeting and listened as plans were made for the holiday party and some other fleet business. We got some more sailing in later in the afternoon when the wind came back up. We hit the beach again and began tear down. As people began to pack up we said our goodbyes and got our boat put away. This was another wonderful weekend with good friends and a nice relaxing sailing environment. See you all next year.

Rich Vilvens
F-18 5150

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