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Regatta results last updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014 12:21:04 PM CDT
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The 2014 Tred Avon Yacht Club
Annual regatta was sailed on August 9 and 10. A light easterly breeze shifted toward
the south in race 1, turning the beat on lap two of the windward leeward course
into a close reach..
Bill Lawson and wife Colette figured this out first, keeping to the
right of the fleet on the first beat to get to the new windline
first, and sailed to an insurmountable lead and victory. In race 2, the wind was now out of the south,
with the windward mark set off of Bachelor’s Point. With a full Aquarius moon Saturday evening,
the current near Bachelor’s point, and elsewhere across the course was
exceptionally strong. The winning strategy
was to sail in toward the Point on starboard until well upwind of the port tack
layline, and then sail out into the current, looping
around the mark and heading back downwind.
Jonathan and Annie Bartlett figured this out, three times in fact,
winning the next three races. Sandy
McAllister started with a crew, but was prepared with ballast aboard the crew’s
support boat, which was traded after a race to both parties mutual
agreement. At least the ballast wasn’t
asking if he could put his feet in the water.
Tough conditions for any adult, let alone a 9-yr. old.
Sunday, the wind was easterly in the morning, but shifted to the south and then a bit west as the committee waited for enough pressure to sail in. The wind eventually ended up southwest. Mike Hecky led around the first lap, but Bill Lawson recognized that the wind might shift back toward the south and tacked away from the boats headed to the northern shore, found new breeze and sailed away with a win. Race 2, the wind shifted about 30 degrees toward the south just before the start, making a port tack start the only way to cross the line. Lawson, Hecky, and Krafft managed to get away on port at the pin and separated from the fleet. With the large wind shift, the first mark was a fetch, and even though the course was now an Olympic, the positions stayed pretty much the same among the top three. David Cox had a strong showing, posting a 3, 4, identical to his first two race scores.
After the throwout race was subtracted from the scores, the first four boats were separated by one point each, with Lawson taking the win in his newly refurbished Freedom Penguin. Of the top six overall, all had at least one top three finish. We were glad to see Roger Pickall back in his Penguin, fully recuperated from hip replacement surgery. Pucky Lippincott made it a one day event, as did Cathy Schmidt, but great to have them participating.