Hurricane Cup 2016

Sailboats gather at Runoia's shorelineWhat a fantastic day for Belgrade Lakes sailors and the culmination of Great Pond Yacht Club’s 2016 race season.

The Hurricane Cup turnout was a milestone we will all remember — 15 sloops in one race! …ahem… and we all finished!

Sailors gather on Camp Runoia's beach
Sincere thanks go to Pam Cobb and Mark Heuberger for hosting the event. Sailing from your beach and the tradition-steeped grounds of your beloved Camp Runoia is a true privilege and made the season’s last race particularly celebratory. Thank you for sharing your beautiful slice of heaven on Great Pond.

Congratulations go to Sally Beck and crew for their win and Ben Ford and his for best wind reading and elapsed time by 19 seconds. Congrats also go to the Bradley and Smith/Beach crews for taking it to the Commodore!

Under gorgeous skies and northerly winds of 6 mph, 15 sloop rigs gathered on Camp Runoia’s sandy beach and moored in its cove, painting the horizon and shoreline with masts and white wings alike.

The largest group of GPYC sailors ever mingled sociably by the boathouse catching up with friends and learning the course for the day.

Sailors gather at Camp Runoia

Several powerboats moved about the moored keelboats to pick up folks, and the cove began to buzz with excitement. This was shaping up to be GPYC’s biggest turnout ever, and skips were itching to bring home the Hurricane Cup trophy to cap the season off.

Pete McManus charted a five-mile course with the added challenge of a two-mile upwind beat on the first leg in light winds: Around Otter Island, the Ledges, and back to the Runoia homeport

15 sailboats racing on Great Pond
With 15 boats, getting a good start was more challenging than ever. We needed our heads on a swivel to keep it clean and get a good jump on the starting horn.

At least four boats chose the port tack start, including Ben Ford, Monk Terry, John Gibbs, and Mark Heuberger. There may have been others; however, the majority came in on starboard tacks.

Ben Ford and Crispin Fletcher got the fastest start by cheating — Ben’s wife, Barb, who just happened to be on the committee boat, held the starting horn and blew it just as “Comet” crossed the starting line. (Just kidding, for those who don’t know me — Ben, in all seriousness, great start!) Jim McCarthy and I were right behind him, maybe fourth out of the blocks.

15 Sailboats from Camp Runoia shoreline
Among the race’s challenges: The first upwind mark, Otter Island, was two miles away. In light winds, one needs to find the best part of the course most likely to have the steadiest breezes. Easier said than done.

Many captains bore off to the course’s right side, falling a bit off the wind; however, “Comet,” “Why Not,” “Galen Winds,” “Tippy,” and “Tipsy” chose a close haul route, which seemed to pay off.

Peter McManus and Owen Mason sailingAdding to the Otter Island challenge: Most sailors did not know where the heck it was! It’s very difficult to pick out from that far away. Being so close to land, the island blends in with the background trees and sort of disappears at times. I’m not sure if anyone could actually see it from Runoia’s beaches; nevertheless, everyone finished the course.

Ben chose all the right tacks and, ahem, some of us took the Ben-contrarian approach, hoping for better wind lifts by choosing tighter lines, but to no avail.

Ben put on a nice show, rounding Otter with Sally and crew in hot pursuit and was soon running wing-to-wing headed toward the Ledges.

At this point, I thought we could at least beat “Tippy” and “Tipsy” to the first mark; however, to their credit, they chose opposite tacks from one another, but certainly better than the one Jim and I were on, and they smoked us through the pass between Otter Island and the Smith/Beach camp. After rounding Otter solidly in fifth place, we found our beer rations, winged the sails, and cruised toward the sun; somewhere ahead lay the infamous Ledges.

GPYC sailors gather with the commodore to learn the race results
We sailed west chasing the lead boats, passing Tree and Elaine, in the opposite direction, as they headed for Otter. We begged for wine, but they had none, so on we sailed somewhat disappointed, but at least with two more beers stashed aboard.

As Jim and I closed in on the Ledges, a fisherman in a red Lund with a trolling rod on either side headed directly across our bow with just enough head speed to miss us by 20 feet. I motioned to him that we had a three-foot centerboard then pointed for him to go around, but he just stared at me, expressionless. He kept his direction, and we kept ours. I saw one of his lines move as we passed over/through it, so Jim and I would like several minutes subtracted from our time, as this surely provided an unfair drag on our waterline.

Congratulations to all of you for finishing and for Tree and Elaine for climbing up the ladder finishing with five boats behind them this time — good sailing, Treelaine!

Sally Beck and crew pose with the Hurricane Cup trophy

Bob Donnell, Sally Beck, Nancy Marden, and Chris Carey show off their Hurricane Cup trophy.

Way to go, Ben, sticking up for the V15 honors with best elapsed time — but just not enough separation to fend off Sally’s wily ways and superb sailing skills.

Just a note that will strike fear into the hearts of all: The V15s were four out of the top five places in this race. Whooooo… I know that is scaring all of you. Okay, Sally, stop laughing.

Congrats Sally, Bob, Chris, and Nancy, for the win and for Sally’s third win for the Hurricane Cup in GPYC’s six years. Nice going, Sally!

Sail on,
John R. Gibbs
GPYC Commodore

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Milfoil Regatta 2016

Here are the results from GPYC’s Milfoil Regatta 2016. Click one of the photos below to see a complete photo album of the event on Facebook.

Minuet sailboat in GPYC's Milfoil Regatta 2016 race
John and Lynne Gibbs win GPYC's Milfoil Regatta trophy

GPYC race results for the Milfoil Regatta 2016

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Rasta Race 2016

The forecast called for a beautiful day with winds 5 to 10 knots out of the south, and everyone was excited for it to be warm and windy and to have a repeat of last year’s Rasta Race, which was some of the best racing conditions that we’d ever seen.

Max Krizo looking for a breeze for the GPYC's Rasta Race

Max Krizo looking for a breeze

When we woke up in the morning, the lake was flat — glass flat — and there were little pockets of thermal breeze, but that’s about it. The fleet arrived at Tiki Cove with boats coming in about one every 20 minutes or so. By the time the sixth or seventh boat came in, we realized this would be a big race. Boats were showing up, but not the breeze. So we waited for it.

P.R.O. Peter McManus thought it would be best to run a short course, starting off going south to a buoy, then heading north around Goldie, the research buoy, then finishing. It seemed like a good decision, because there was very little breeze, but the fleet wanted a longer course, thinking the breeze would fill in based upon the weather forecast. Peter relented and set the course for around Hoyt Island. After much discussion about rock buoys and navigational buoys, we decided the fleet could go through some of the rock buoys at the south end of Hoyt’s and be okay. The race was set, and we took to our boats.

Four sailboats with the Dioli and Treelaine boats in the foreground

…and they’re off. Treelaine and Jon and Art Dioli in the foreground.

The start turned out to be great. We had about 3 or 4 knots of wind — just enough to move the boats around and make things interesting. The pin side was heavily favored, because the committee boat (crewed by Barb Ford, Sue Greenan, and Lisa Perkins) had set its anchor somewhat to leeward of the pin. So there was a lot of jockeying to get to the pin side at the start. Most of the fleet was oblivious to the right-of-way advantage of a starboard tack start and opted for the obviously easy line of the port-tack start.


John Gibbs and Sheldon Perkins get off to a strong start.

At the starting horn, John Gibbs and Sheldon Perkins, either ignoring or not realizing the gamble they took on a port-tack start, blasted across the line as much as three boat lengths ahead of any other boats in the fleet, so they really had an amazingly great start, and off to the right-hand side of the course they went.

Meanwhile, Ben Ford (with crew member Max Krizo) and Sally Beck and her “ringer” crew were on a starboard tack going toward the left side of the course.

It didn’t take long for the fleet to figure out by looking up range that the right-hand side of the course seemed favored, because it looked like the wind was filling in stronger on the right. So most of the fleet started to tack over and head for the right-hand side of the course.

Ben Ford and Max Krizo

Ben Ford and Max Krizo were neck and neck with Sally Beck and her crew.

As Ben and Max tacked toward the right-hand side of the course, they experienced lift after lift after lift and noticed that the wind, which had been in the south was very rapidly shifting to the east. This put them in an unusual position, in that they were having to beat down the lake and then beat back over to Hoyt island.

Meanwhile John and Sheldon, followed by Peter McManus in the Designer’s Choice and the Dioli team in the Lightning, took a line through the channel on the western shoreline of the lake, which seemed like a good line as long as the winds stayed strong far outside of the anticipated wind shadow of Hoyt.

Pete McManus in his Designers Choice.

Pete McManus in his Designers Choice.

Sally Beck and her crew chose to hug the western shore of Hoyt, taking the more direct course that most of the fleet apparently thought was risky due to the potential lack of wind in the lee of the island. As the Ford and Beck boats approached the south end of Hoyt Island, the whole fleet was being headed to the east and, as the wind shifted that way, any boat that was farther to the left on the first leg was heavily advantaged. Ben gained an advantage by being in the middle, where the wind was, and tacked over toward the channel off Witkins’ beach. Once he did, he got into some new breeze as he and Max approached the south end of Hoyt, but still the breeze was very flukey and light. As John and Sheldon watched in disbelief, Sally snuck up the western shore of Hoyt and found enough wind to get around and through the channel close behind Ben and Max, taking second place by a long margin.

Tree and Elaine

Tree and Elaine (“Treelaine”) were one of three boats stuck in the doldrums.

John and Sheldon, followed by Peter and the Dioli crew, got mired in a dead zone of utterly flat water soon after exiting the channel, while Ben and Sally got into the solid wind east of Hoyt Island, where they had a beautiful broad reach all the way up to the north end of Hoyt.

Treelaine, in the Day Sailer, and the two Minuets crewed by Dick Greenan and Matti Bradley and Rod and Doris Johnson struggled to find enough wind to make headway.

Artie and Jon Dioli in Windfall

Artie and Jon Dioli in Windfall

Eventually, the Gibbs boat, Peter sailing solo in his Designers Choice, and the Dioli clan in the Lightning made it through the channel off of Witkins’ beach and got back into a reasonable breeze east of Hoyt. With the shifting wind, most boats ended up taking at least one more tack than anticipated to get around the markers and into the open water east of Hoyt.

Eventually, Treelaine, Dick and Matti, and the Johnsons realized the winds were not in their favor, and they headed back to Tiki Cove rather than tough out what would surely have been a four-hour+ race.

Rod and Doris Johnson

Rod and Doris Johnson — our newest members — Welcome!

As Ben and Max were about halfway through the leg east of Hoyt, they heard a strange sound behind them. It was Sally popping her beautiful teal blue spinnaker. Ben didn’t know she had that in her quiver and was quite surprised to see it. He knew as soon as he saw that spinnaker that he was, as he put it, “screwed.”

And, sure enough, Sally came on strong, expertly utilizing the tricky sail and forced Max and Ben to head up so that Sally would pass to leeward of them as opposed to windward and completely steal their air. That also gave Ben and Max a controlling position. When Sally did pass them, Ben and Max dropped in right behind her and stole some of her breeze. So Sally passed Ben and Max, got about a boat length ahead of them, and then immediately slowed down as Ben and Max sat there on top of her, stealing her wind.

While Ben and Sally played chicken to see who would tack first at the north end of Hoyt, the Dioli and McManus boats were closing the gap between them and Gibbs. About halfway up the island, Jonathan Dioli rolled the dice and decided to fly his spinnaker for the first time since he bought the boat. Well, hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. The spinnaker wasn’t rigged quite right, and it dropped off the bow into the water and in short order became a sea anchor, bringing the Lightning to a screeching halt. Peter, conscientious sailor that he is, pulled alongside the Lightning to offer advice, sacrificing an opportunity to easily steal fourth, possibly third, place. Gibbs and Perkins continued on, all but securing a third-place finish.


Sally Beck and Ben Ford battle it out toward the finish.

As Sally and Ben approached the north end of the island, Ben jibed over, and went dead downwind. Ben thought the wind shadow at Hoyt would be much smaller than it was, because the wind had shifted to the east and, sure enough, when he jibed over, he took advantage of the lack of wind shadow and passed inside of Sally around the north end of Hoyt Island, advancing ahead of her by about two or three boat lengths before he had to close haul back up to the finish line. At that point, Ben noticed that Gibbs, McManus, and Dioli had rounded the north end of Hoyt and figured the race was viable enough that it wouldn’t be cancelled, so he continued to sail for a win.

On the beat from the north end of Hoyt back to the finish line, Ford and Krizo worked to maintain a commanding lead. They headed out to the right. Sally stayed in towards the left, taking advantage of huge lifts on the left-hand side while Ben missed getting those lifts. And, as Ben said, “That’s the way it goes.”

Sally had some very capable sailors on her boat, and they took advantage of some really nice air on the left-hand side of the course, as they had early on in the race. Seeing this, Ford and Krizo tacked over and, as soon as they crossed, noticed that all the lead they had gained by rounding Hoyt on the inside was completely evaporated — Sally was ahead of them by about a half a boat length.

Ben Ford and Max Krizo

Ben Ford and Max Krizo relax at the finish.

As Ford approached the finish, he and Max were still to leeward of Sally. She had tacked on top of them and was blanketing them expertly. It was clear that she would win the race so long as she could make the finish line on the tack that she was on.

Gambling that Sally couldn’t make the finish line on her current tack, Ford decided to tack away and go up a couple more boat lengths and then tack back, so that if Sally didn’t make the pin, he’d at least have a shot to sneak in front of her at the finish.

Sally Beck, Art Paine, Bob Donnell win the race in "Why Not"

Sally Beck with crew Art Paine and Bob Donnell win by 40 seconds ahead of Ben and Max.

Ben was wrong; Sally easily made the pin on that tack and finished about 40 seconds ahead of him. And there the victors sailed, back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth, until finally the rest of the fleet came in with Gibbs crossing third followed by the Dioli Lightning in fourth place and Peter in fifth. After handicaps were applied, the corrected-time finish order was Beck, Ford, McManus, Gibbs, and Dioli with three boats not finishing.

The sailors, committee boat crew, and observers convened back at Tiki Cove and shared their stories while everyone enjoyed the potluck buffet and icy cold beverages. Commodore John Gibbs announced the race results just as the winner, Sally, and her crew — who had left right after the race — came back to pick up their sailboat.

The Rasta Race Trophy 2016

Sally Beck and her crew Art Paine and Bob Donnell win the race but have to scoot out before the trophy can be awarded to them.

Archival opportunist Lisa Perkins scrambled down to the dock with the Rasta Cup and her camera to try and get a photo of Sally with the trophy. Unfortunately, Sally couldn’t come ashore, so Lisa took a number of photos, which she later created a composite from.

The Gibbs’ made an announcement about the July 30 “Rock for the Dock” fundraiser, and people began to slowly disburse, boat-by-boat, until Tiki Cove was back to its normal peaceful pre-sunset state.

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GPYC Race Results for the Rasta Race 2016


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Witkin Cup 2016

It was supposed to be a cold, cloudy day, and we feared this might be the third consecutive year without a Witkin Cup race due to weather — but King Tiki the Grey (Commodore Gibbs’s new idol) smiled upon us and gave us gentle SSE winds, warm temps, and peeks of sun.

We set a starting line just off Finlay’s dock and a weather mark near Foster Point. The course was start, Foster Point, around Oak Island, and finish. The fleet set off on the weather leg, split between the left side of the course and the right.

2016-0529-witkin-cup-fleet-01The right side was the right choice as the breeze filled in from the south. Gibbs shot out like a rocket toward the weather mark. Meanwhile on the left side, a minor tacking duel ensued between Beck and Ford. Toward the weather mark, the Beck/Ford duo reached the layline with Ford tacking away seconds before Beck. The top three at the weather mark were Gibbs, Ford, Beck.

On the second leg, Gibbs continued his “horizon job” on the rest of the fleet. while Beck and Ford continued to battle it out. Subtle wind shifts meant alternating from wing on wing to a broad reach.

Around the north side of Oak Island, the challenge was to play to wind shadow. Gibbs made it through, no problem. Ford took the inside track with Beck directly to leeward. Beck gybed early to get on to a starboard tack and (possibly) to squeeze Ford out. Ford gybed and emerged from the wind shadow seconds before Beck.

John Gibbs wins the Witkin CupOn the final leg, the increased wind made it tough to sail the Vanguard for the solo Gibbs. Just behind him, the Fords were loving the fresh breeze, and with more crew weight, ate away at Gibbs’ lead. But it was not to be. Gibbs shot across the finish line, followed a few minutes later by Ford, then Beck.

A hearty welcome to Brent and Max Krizo, sailing their Vanguard FJ “Galactica” for the first time. They made it around the course in fine fashion, but about 100 yards from the finish had trouble getting across the line. With a little coaching from the shore and some extra tacks and gybes, the Krizos made it!

Sarah Wineberg and Sally BeckAnother happy mention to the all-women crew on “Why Not.” Sailing legend Sally Beck was joined by our beloved youth sailing instructor emeritus Sarah Winberg and up-and-coming sailor Anna Raleigh.

2016-0529-committee-boatMany thanks to Scott and Martha Finlay for so generously hosting and for Lynne Gibbs and Liz Tonge for so ably managing committee boat duties!

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GPYC Race Results for the Witkin Cup 2016

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Hurricane Cup 2015

Here are results from GPYC’s Hurricane Cup 2015. Click one of the photos below to see a complete photo album of the event on Facebook.

GPYC's Hurricane Cup 2015 boats on the water
GPYC's Hurricane Cup 2015 boats on the water

GPYC's race results for the Hurricane Cup 2015

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Milfoil Regatta 2015

Here are results from GPYC’s Milfoil Regatta 2015. Click one of the photos below to see a complete photo album of the event on Facebook.

GPYC's race results Milfoil Regatta 2015

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Rasta Race 2015

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Witkin Cup 2015

It was a great day and a great race.

Witkin Cup 2015 StartThe winds picked up at the starting line, as five boats jockeyed for the best start.

Dick and Susan Greenan in “Lazy Daze” sparred with sister ship “Imp” piloted by Pete McManus and Barb Ford; Tree Robbins, Elaine Eadler, and Steve Davis entered the mix closer toward the actual start of the race in their O’Day Day Sailer “Charm”; Ben Ford and Sheldon Perkins sailing Ford’s new and as yet unnamed Vanguard 15 sparred with Lynne Gibbs and me in our Vanguard Nomad 17, “Hoyty Toyty,” for five minutes before the start, just missing each other by inches as we timed our one-minute imaginary line back to the start line before the one-minute horn went off.

Ben got the jump, but the Hoyty quickly recovered and matched the V15 in the upwind beat toward the first mark. The Hoyty smartly jibed around mark number one, set its asymmetrical spinnaker, and smoked a broad reach toward the second mark, once again jibing, but this time additionally with the spinnaker under full sail. We increased the gap by 200 yards over the V15, and in addition more than enough to overcome the generous Portsmouth Yardstick handicaps of the Minuets. The Hoyty crossed first hundreds of yards ahead of the so-called speedy V15 and won in adjusted time as well. Is it not time for a celebration?!

…then a noise outside seemed to disturb my sleep…

As I rolled over, I could see Ben and Sheldon equal with the Hoyty just off my starboard gunwale, seemingly not moving, with glassy waters all about them, and still a hundred yards to the first mark by the northern point of Hoyt’s Island. I leaned over the transom to determine if any discernible current was coming off the rudder, which is normally boiling with activity. But, alas, only a trickle that perhaps a flea could sense was barely evident.

As my attention moved back into the cockpit, there was my bored crew, Lynne, on the starboard gunwale doing yoga; first a downward-dog then a one-legged warrior pose with left arm straining forward as if wishing the boat to move faster toward the mark, and with right leg pointing toward the sloops behind us, as if keeping them in their places. It seemed only Tree’s sloop was making headway as it caught up to the Minuets.

With not much to do other than hope and pray for another set of wind, we chatted.

Sheldon suggested I film the race with my Go-Pro and run it in slow motion, to which I countered maybe 10x would be more exciting. Laughter and a few more jokes ensued, then quiet again, as we prayed for the wind gods to be generous. It seemed unfair, because Friday through Sunday had very high winds all day, with some gusts up to 30 mph. How could it go to zero on race day?!

After mirroring Indian Island for 20 minutes and still 60 yards away from the first mark 45 minutes after the start of the race, I once again got to use my executive privileges as the commodore and declared the race “off” for the day and to be made up later in the summer.

Ben Ford padding his Vanguard 15All sailors were more than happy to agree, so off we paddled back to Tearmann Loch for refreshments. Tree, Elaine, and Steve made it back first in the paddle event followed by John and Lynne. Ben and Sheldon didn’t have a paddle, so Ben lay on the bow and used his hands.

Let’s hope this doesn’t happen again.

After dropping the sails and tidying up the boats, we all grabbed a beer or a glass of wine along with some tasty food, then talked and laughed for an hour or so while sitting in one big circle on the dock.

The Apres-Race PicnicAlthough the sailing was “skunked” due to the lack of wind, it became evident the sailing may, perhaps, just be a good excuse to hang out with good people and good friends. The waters in front of Tearmann Loch never looked better with several masts gracing the expansive view as if to frame it in proper perspective, as race-day pictures will attest.

Moored boatsAs I reviewed my two-dream scenario with Lynne at breakfast Tuesday morning, she confirmed the latter was indeed the reality of the day. I argued but could not produce enough evidence to support my claim, so off to Huntsville I went to work for the rest of the week.

A big thanks goes out to Ben and Sheldon for dragging the two temporary regatta docks to Tearmann from Mill Stream at 9:00 AM with “Junebug,” and to Ben and Barb for dragging them all the way back after 6:00 PM. The Fords are like Jackson Brown’s Roadies: “the first to come and the last to go, working for that minimum wage.”

Moored boatsAlso thanks to Don and Linda Petersen for their enthusiasm and use of their luxury committee party boat. Thank you, Tree and Elaine, for the steady flow of GPYC wine — it surely enhances the après race atmosphere. Lisa, we thank you for the Sailing Handicap Calculator app lessons for Don and Linda. Hopefully, more of us will learn this race app to share in the timekeeper duties.

Later that afternoon, around 5:30, the winds picked to 9 mph, just to let us all know that we are not in control. We’re just here to appreciate all that we are given or not given, as it were. Life is good.

Hope to see you all out there next time for the Rasta Race at Tiki Cove on Hoyt’s Island June 22nd, Witkin Cup’s makeup date to be announced.

Sail on,
Commodore John

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Hurricane Cup 2014

Thank all you wonderful sailors who joined the fun last Saturday at Becca and Dale’s wonderful camp across from Otter Island and next to the less-famous but uniquely looking Hat Island. We thank Becca and Dale for being such gracious hosts while many a scallywag sailed and towed their boats into your once quiet and quaint harbor then made ourselves at home as any self-respecting pirate would. For those who missed it, sorry, it was a marvelous day.IMG_1121

Thank you, Ben and Barb, for getting up early Saturday morning and towing the OPTI floats over to Casa Barcelona and attaching them to Dale and Becca’s new Shoremaster dock. Thank goodness for large fenders. Also, thank you, Don and Linda Petersen, for donating your 27-year-old very rugged float to the BLYS program, as well as to Dick Greenan for finding, fetching and delivering another fine float donated by Howard Lowell. Thanks Howard and Dick!

IMG_1141Congratulations to all for setting a new club record for the most boats started and finished in a GPYC race, nine!

IMG_1148The day went to Sally Beck and her crew; Sally’s sister Bo and sailing cohort-in-crime Arthur Paine. Sally’s Harbor 20 crossed the line first in real-time and won as well in handicapped timing. Great sailing as always, Sally and crew! Love your spirit and enthusiasm for the sport and the club.

Other noteworthy performances were from Ben in his Lightning, Dragonfly, ably assisted by his 10-year-old crew, Owen Arkel, who manned the helm the last mile or so and was second place in real time. Thanks for rubbing it in, Ben, but nice sailing Owen? Although Ben could have covered Sally from the beginning and the entire length to the upwind mark, but he thought he saw a hole in the wind, took a flyer, then tacked a half a mile earlier than the others. Sometimes taking a chance works, but not this time. He could not catch Sally after tacking back who was then 100 yards or so ahead.

Additionally there was some fine sailing by Scott Finlay in his Alerion 20 with crew Martha, Kelly, and Jake, as they nudged out Dale and Becca in their Vanguard 15 by a nose at the finish line. Apparently Scott had more friends on the committee boat than Dale and Becca, so no official photo finish review was allowed. I am sure this will change with time. Scott and crew came in second place and Becca and Dale third place with adjusted time. Congratulations to both crews for great sailing from behind to catch and pass the masses. (Yeah, that would be Barb and me in the Hoyty as well. For Becca and Dale, this was their first race with their new boat and their first race as captain and crew. Congrats on a great first performance.

The winds were finicky that day and much to my chagrin after being in the second slot behind Sally by 100 yards nearing the first mark Barb and I went into the doldrums and stayed there as we watched Ben, Scott, and Dale blow by us just forty yards to the north. The wind Gods choose them and not us, or as Ben would say it’s all skill. As the Hoyty Toyty rounded the second mark, we set our asymmetrical spinnaker only to sail into another hole as we helplessly watched it sag onto the mast and the spreaders. The Minuets were only 30 yards back and the DC was almost beside us as we all sat and steamed for 15 minutes without wind then finally the Hoyty caught a slight breeze and the spinnaker pulled us slowly home. A few minutes later we looked back and we were 400 yards ahead of the DC and the Minuets as they did not catch any of that very selective wind. They were still stuck on the other side of the hole which was very much needed by the rest of us in order to even out their generous handicaps. ;-))

Last but not least after two jib re-riggings and very unluckily hitting every horse-latitude on the course Tree and Elaine were still making their way in after many of us were already imbibing. Scott jumped into his Cobalt and sped off to offer them a tow but soon returned with a request for a bottle of white and a couple cups. The order was filled and off he went again to deliver the goods. Tree and Elaine are getting the “Never Give Up” award for their die-hard attitudes, or perhaps it should be “The Never Give Up As Long As There’s Wine” award. Yes they got a hearty cheer as they crossed the finish line.

Big thanks to Don and Linda Peterson for volunteering their luxury party boat as the committee boat. I heard fun was had by all.

Also, in case you haven’t noticed, it would be hard to do all this without my “commodoress,” Lynne. She is involved in all aspects of the club and especially in setting up these races. From food, to money, to timing, to hard labor in anchoring boats and tying off floats, she does it all. I did hear someone say, with all due respect John, Lynne is really running the club. Hehe, yeah they are right.

Thank you all for making it a day to remember and one that will set the tone for more fun and competitive sailing next year.

Sail on,


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Milfoil Regatta 2014

Here are results from GPYC’s Milfoil Regatta 2014. Click one of the photos below to see a complete photo album of the event on Facebook.

Sally Beck and crew sailing to win the Milfoil Regatta trophy
Sally Beck and crew accept the Milfoil Regatta 2014 trophy

GPYC's race results for the Milfoil Regatta 2014

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