Find your sailing muse
Wow, we managed to complete 6 races out of the 10 scheduled. It has been quite a summer, weather wise. We had our ups and downs, but we persevered. RC went out and did the best job possible and sometimes we got lucky and often we did not, but fortunately none of our RC made us suffer. Occasionally the wind quit in the middle of the race, but RC always found a way finish the race and relieve our suffering.
This last race cemented Kirk Jockell’s place in the cruiser fleet with 5 first place finishes, while David Wright and Kurt Schurenberg battled it out in the last race with David finishing 8 seconds in front of Kurt securing 2nd place in the series.
It was a top dog battle in the Melges 24 fleet, going into this last race Matt Perry and Lenkeit/Morang were tied. Brent McKenzie made a great showing by winning this last race but it wasn’t enough to beat Matt Perry for Top Dog status.
Did everyone see the American Beauty sitting on the stern of Renegade, I bet you that was Jeff’s muse. The Low PHRF fleet was another fleet that the winner of the last race would take the series. It was a tight battle between Jeff Freeman, John McCarthy and Mike Macleod with Freeman and his muse taking the top spot.
This last race of the Mid PHRF fleet was a battle of the Websters. If you look at the scores they almost always finish next to each other, you can tell they both have amazing skills. But in the end the person that won the series was the only person with 2 first places finishes, Jim Kingery. A very tough fleet and growing with the addition of Walter Addison, David Jackson and Jean-Francois Rivard in their boats.
The biggest fleet was the High PHRF fleet with 13 boats. In a fleet this large, you want to win the race but usually sections of the fleet end up competing against those in your competitive group. If you watched a race, you know the obvious winner was Jonathan Stewart/Bill Quinn on Bill the Cat with 4 first place finishes. The rest of us felt like we were chasing him all the time (at least I did). Then came the next group which were the four J-24’s that battled it out each week with Mike Stewart (the Red Baron) floating to the top of the J’s and winning a 2nd place in the series and his protagonist, She-Devil, landed in 3rd place. But the boat to look out for was Doug Britton and his crew on High Voltage, they made a spectacular showing by winning this last race. This fleet had quite a few new members this year in Beisner/Postel and Kyle Meyhoefer in J-22’s, Jim Rapp in the Colgate 26 and Robert Beauchamp in the Harmony 22, Gemini Cricket.
The participation in this series was phenomemal with 39 boats competing on a weekly basis. This is the most participation of any event all year with any type of boat. This is also a tribute to the many people that make this work, but especially the boats and their crews that volunteer to forego racing their boat to provide the excellent race committee each week, often a thankless job but always done with competence. I would also like to commend the officers of the fleet that are behind the scenes making the organization of this usually 20 week event possible. John McCarthy who is on the phone each week lining up competent RC, Randy Phillips who keeps us organized and makes sure we have all the tools we need to run this many races, Gary Umberger who behind the scenes keeps us financially solvent, Warren Collier our diplomatic leader and David Wright who has been instrumental in increasing the Cruiser fleet participation. This is definitely a team effort and impossible for one person to do.
As the summer winds down, we will begin the next set of Wednesday night races. On Sept 16, we will begin the last round of Wednesday night races, the Encore series. This will be the first of the 6 races of the Encore series. Cruiser start will be at 6:15 with all other fleets starting after 6:30.
Congratulations to all participants for your effort and I will see you on the race course, Dana