At the Lake Shore Sail Club, on Lake St. Clair near Detroit, Michigan, we have a standing race committee but require volunteers to supply the committee boat. This was my night to volunteer. The six race committee members met me at Windcatcher, my Catalina 27, just before 6 p.m. We loaded all the committee gear and headed out so we could set the starting line by 6:30 p.m. for the first start at 7 p.m. The temperature was a wonderful 83 degrees with a light wind of about 6 knots. The wind didn't get any stronger as we prepped for the start, so we called for a short course, expecting the wind to slacken as the sun set. I was itching to be racing instead of bobbing at anchor, but it was still a beautiful night to be out on the water.