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The Western Lake Michigan Star Fleet was very happy to have 7 boats travel to this regatta which brought the total number of boats sailing to
14! Saturday started with winds out of the South at around 8-12 knots and built to gust up to 15 knots by the end of the racing day. With the
temperature getting above 90° F on land this caused our race course to be a battling ground of the SE wind offshore and a SW wind on shore.
This led to some tricky shifts and some holes out on the race course.
We completed four races on Saturday. The wind stayed somewhat consistent throughout the day with each race having a 175° course.
Although there were 20° shifts as well as holes with lower wind velocity to help make things interesting. By the end of the day Greg Smith and
Scott Benson of Gull Lake were in 1st place with a commanding 7 point lead over the father/daughter team of Ross and Dorothy Adams from
Wilmette Harbor. Jack Rickard and Sam Eadie of Wilmette Harbor were in 3rd.
Saturday night was a fun night at the Racine Yacht Club. This regatta also had PHRF boats and S2 7.9s competing. There was live music outside
on the yacht club lawn and a great chicken dinner was provided by the club.
Sunday had storms approaching that were all dissipating before reaching Lake Michigan. They still brought some energy to the race course
though. On average the wind was 12-18 out of the SW but there were times we had sustained 18 knots and gusts around 25 knots. At the end
of the racing the winners were Greg Smith and Scott Benson. Jack Rickard and Sam Eadie finished 2nd followed by Jeff Schaefer and Rob Walker
from the Western Lake Michigan fleet.
The Western Lake Michigan fleet would like to thank the Race Committee of the Racine Yacht Club for giving us two days of great racing. We
would also like to thank Terry Gibney and Jeff Marquard for their work with the 4th District Ranking Series and helping to promote the 2018
WLM Fleet Secretary