The Mayor's Cup Regatta is in the books! It was an experience, running a sailing race when I just learned to sail last August. My experience is minuscule and my knowledge of the sport even less - but when the Lake Townsend Yacht Club asked if I would be the chairperson, I said yes. Glad I did. It was great fun to meet so many sailors, from across North Carolina and reaching into Virginia. We had great weather - after a tempest Friday night that cancelled the fun sail, we had a brisk wind on Saturday and somewhat less on Sunday, under Carolina blue skies. The photo is from the first day of racing, as competitors round a mark. Now that the lake water has warmed and the sailboats are being rented, Jack and I will be out on the lake trying to move out of the pure novice category. For more information about the LTYC, including Learn to Sail lessons for adults and youth, click on the link at left. See you at the Marina!
My third novel, Blood Clay, will appear in November from Press 53. It is set in Piedmont North Carolina, my home since 1997.
Other books: Wake Wake Wake, a poetry collection; Fidelities, a short story collection; a novel about the 1970s called Survivor; and an SF novel way back when, Neena Gathering, in Brazil published as Mundo Perdido.
I teach at North Carolina A and T State University after a long career as a newspaper reporter and editor. And late in life I have taken up sailing - look for High Cotton on Lake Kerr.
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