District 4  Regatta Report

Fri Aug 5th, 2016 through Sun Aug 7th, 2016

2016 Blue Star Champions Tom Londrigan and Dave Caesar

2016 Blue Star Champions Tom Londrigan and Dave Caesar

2016 District Blue/Green/Grey Star Championship


Sometimes we forget. Sometimes the work and planning seem too daunting and not worth the effort, because we forget. The memories of why we love to sail come flooding back within seconds of the smell of the water, the sound of the waves on the side of the boat, the warmth of the sun on our face, and the smiles and kind words of our friends and fellow competitors. For those that could not make it, there is always a hole in our heart; we wish you were with us.

I don’t know why we forget, but “Detroit in August” presented perfect sailing conditions and reminded us all of these simple things we love.

The temperature was around eighty and sunny for all three days. On one day, we enjoyed 15 knots of wind and the other two days, “a gentlemen’s breeze.”

Our friend Phil Trinter uses this phrase, “a gentlemen’s breeze” quite often. I still have not determined its exact meaning but I think I have collected a few common denominators: wind… but not too much; waves… but not too many; some hiking… but let’s not get carried away; and, no collisions and broken bodies or damaged gear.

The Detroit River Star Fleet were gracious hosts and provided food and entertainment on shore and the Race Committee work was seamless. We enjoyed seeing new sailors like Katie Potter and old, my dad rejoined us at 79 years old, as well as old boats and new.

Terry Gibney and Mike Lorenz of the Detroit River Fleet won the Green Star to great approval. Greg Smith and TC Belco won the Masters and a beautiful watercolor of Stars racing upwind that is the perpetual trophy as painted by Gil Cole. Dave Caesar (Canadian) and I won the regatta and enjoyed a healthy battle with Jack Jennings and Phil Trinter through the races. I flew the protest flag, only to lower it after further reflection, I am sure Phil would approve. Greg Smith and TC Belco of Gull Lake were third. Mike Phinney and Alex Baker (Canadian) displayed smart starts and fast first legs and finished fourth, and steady Jack Rickard and Sam Eadie of Chicago finished fifth. It should be noted that Thad Brej and Henry Combs (Bob Teitge’s grandson) were sixth after missing the first day. Thad upgraded his boat, who knows how he would have done with two more races.

The Fourth District is otherwise known as the Great Lakes District. The Great Lakes are home to some of the finest yacht clubs in the world and we all race on fresh water. Soon, everyone will all get a chance to race a little more on the Great Lakes, whether it is in Chicago this September for the North Americans or Cleveland next June in 2017 for the Western Hemisphere’s. Please come, you won’t regret it.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
1 Urgano   Londrigan Jr   Caesar   8505   LS   (2) 1 1 2 1 1 1 7
2 Pied Piper   Jennings   Trinter   8464   LS   1 2 2 1 3 2 (4) 11
3 8168   Smith   Belco   8168   GL   (4) 4 3 4 2 3 2 18
4 Tess   Phinney   Baker   8410   SLE   3 3 4 3 5 (6) 5 23
5 Treachery   Rickard   Eadie   8036   WH   5 5 5 (6) 6 4 3 28
6 Q   Brej   Combs   8241   SLE   (13-DNC) 13-DNC 6 5 4 5 7 40
7 Compulsion   Gibney   Lorenz   8187   DR   6 (13-OCS) 10 9 7 8 6 46
8 Louise   Teitge MD   Korescj   8084   DR   (13-DNF) 7 7 8 8 7 9 46
9 Stiff Competition   Riley   Brundage   8148   GL   9 6 9 (11) 10 9 8 51
10 Rag Doll   Macon   Turluck   6730   DR   8 9 8 (10) 9 10 10 54
11 Realt na Mara II   Londrigan Sr   Rundle   8265   LS   7 8 11 7 (13-DNF) 11 11 55
12 KB   Potter   Beard   7008   DR   10 10 (12) 12 11 12 12 67

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