Week after week the Sugarbush Racing Club has tried to adapt to this winter’s crazy weather and stay on track with its race schedule. Last week was no exception. Rain on Tuesday and Wednesday created unsafe conditions for the regular Thursday race.Temperatures dropped Thursday night which permitted grooming of the course. To rescue the week, the Sugarbush race department set the course for an unusual Friday race. The course was in excellent condition for the 20 members who were able to adjust their schedules for a Friday start. While only twenty racers were able to race, everyone enjoyed the straight set and the fast times reflected it. For the first time this year, every racer qualified for a NASTAR medal.
In the men’s division, Rick Duckworth continued his winning streak, followed closely by Dave Seymour. Dave Ellison turned on the jets and finished third. Rich Jones, seemingly fully recovered from his early season injury, gave Michael Ware a fright in the battle for fourth and fifth, but Michael prevailed. Newcomer (and youngster) Jula Fender has caught the racing bug and put down a best time on his new skis.
On the women’s side, Elizabeth Walker was momentarily challenged by a fast first run by Lauri Landau, but easily retained first. Lauri managed to hold on for second. Cindy Carr took third place.
Mother nature has not been able to disrupt the post race parties which continue to be on schedule. Last week Mike Kelley’s Terra Rossa hosted a pre race party on Thursday night. 57 members turned out for delicious pizza, socializing and the weekly raffles.
Weather permitting, racing will resume this Thursday and the apres race party will be hosted by Bob Heffernan and Allen Zeiner at the White Horse Inn