A typical windy morning before a sailing race for St. Francis High School senior Jack Jorgensen starts when he arrives at the boat park at 9 a.m. The first race usually kicks-off a regatta at noon.
After a quick chat with friends, Jorgensen gets his 29er, a high-performance 14.4-foot skiff, rigged and clear Mylar sails up, double checks the rigging — it’s good. He changes into his sailing clothes and he and his crew launch the boat. It is now 10:30 a.m.
By the time Jorgensen gets on the water and sails out to where the course is marked, it is already 11 a.m. and it’s time to practice maneuvers and check the course, the trends of the wind and the current. The race is about to start.
“You’re really looking to get a good start because if you get a bad start like underneath [or downwind of] a boat, you’ll be sailing in bad air,” said Jorgensen. “Usually you have a mark at the top of a course and so your first leg is just going to that top mark and you’re looking to sail fast into the side you want that will help you leverage out of the fleet (of competing sailboats) by using the wind shifts — how the wind shifts.”