After a light and variable morning the wind began to rise rapidly around midday.  When the Race Committee decided to cancel in late afternoon the wind at the ferry dock was southerly, averaging high 30’s and gusting over 50 mph, making the decision easy, even though an official Gale Warning had not been issued.  The Bay was a mass of whitecaps with breaking rollers across the Boat Haven entrance (it was low tide) making exit difficult.  Ironically, around race time the wind suddenly switched to a Westerly and dropped below 10 kts., making the RC feel foolish.  However this was only temporary and after an hour or so the wind went back to the South and built back up to the low 20’s with gusts to 30 mph.  Let’s hope for more amenable conditions next Friday.