Penguin Fleet

Sailed:6, Discards:1, To count:5, Entries:5, Scoring system:Appendix A
Rank Class SailNo Helm Club Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1 Penguin 9630 Charles Krafft     1.0 1.0 1.0 (2.0) 2.0 1.0 8.0 6.0
2 Penguin   Hank Krafft     (2.0) 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 10.0 8.0
3 Penguin 9700 Monty Baker     3.0 (6.0 DNF) 6.0 DNS 6.0 DNS 3.0 3.0 27.0 21.0
4 Penguin   Ed Lutz     4.0 3.0 3.0 (6.0 DNS) 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 28.0 22.0
5 Penguin 7703 Scott Williamson     (6.0 DNS) 6.0 DNS 6.0 DNS 6.0 DNS 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 36.0 30.0

  Numerous regatta photos at the CRYC web site

A small but competitive Penguin fleet was treated to ideal conditions at the 2008 Corsica River Yacht Club Annual Regatta.  A 10 knot southerly filled in before the start of the first race Saturday and more or less held for the day, although not without the usual Chester River challenges.  Scott Williamson and crew Aubrey suffered a breakdown before the first race and were unable to compete.  Monty Baker with Donna McKenzie had a mishap at the start of the second race, when Monty slipped during a tack off the starting line, and they took an unexpected swim.  In Race 4, Ed Lutz joined a Laser and Beach Cat in a three way capsize.  Hank Krafft made a return to the Penguin Class, sailing Feather and dueled it out with his brother Charlie.  In Race 4, Hank chose a shortcut to the leeward mark, omitting the gybe mark, and also took the gun in race 5 when he sailed up the west side of the river to get to a strong wind line and led around the course.  Penguin sailor Wick Dudley did a superb job of running the races, although we could have used a few more Penguins to avoid the ignominy of  having to start with the 420's in the later races.  Wick did an excellent job of arranging the courses so we weren't adversely effected by the Beach Cats, who had separate windward and leeward marks, or the Catboats, who started behind us.  A separate finish line, upwind of the windward mark solved the problem we have had in the past of boats who have finished milling around the committee boat waiting for their next race.  As we headed in on Sunday, storm clouds loomed on the western horizon, although fortunately the fleet made it in safely and the rain held off until the end of the awards ceremony.