|District 20 Regatta Report|| |
Sat Feb 12th, 2005 through Sun Feb 13th, 2005
| THE 20th ANNIVERSARY ZAG|
by Harry Walker
Twenty years ago Frank Zagarino, Ding Schoonmaker and I were talking about the "good old days" and Frank proposed that we have a Masters’ Regatta to help keep us all together and still sailing. The result was the first Masters’ Regatta which was held on February 23 – 24, 1985. There were 12 boats in the first Masters’ and it has progressed until now when we have a regatta with 35-40 boats and representatives from several nations. There were 5 countries this year and for only a three race series.
As the years went by we used to have the party at the Zagarino’s home and at first it was primarily Louan who put it on. Soon others began to bring food and drink and it became like a church potluck supper.
For the last few years it has grown to a size where, though still hosted by the Zagarinos, there have been caterers and bartenders. However it has almost always been at the Zagarinos and hosted by Louan with a little help from a small group of us.
This year the Founder, Zag, has been very ill and there was no way Louan could handle it so the Biscayne Bay Star Fleet and the Coral Reef Yacht Club (again with a little outside help) put on the dinner at the Club, and after 8 hours on the water Saturday the guys were ravenous.
The first two races were held Saturday with the PRO Rich Raymond and his committee doing an outstanding job.
We got off in about 4 miles of wind, which freshened, but not by much. The course was #4 and Hans Fogh / David Caesar sailing Arthur Anosov’s boat got into the lead and held on. There were some fairly big shifts but Hans kept on top of them. He was followed by Andy Macdonald and third went to Thomas Mueller. That first race went off with only individual recall guns.
The second race, which started after a general recall and then a black flag, got off in a slightly building breeze but only enough for the lighter crews to hike.
From our position back in the fleet we could see that Jock Kolhaus / Richard Zirkle had jumped out to a several hundred yard lead. The race was a course 3 with an upwind finish. Again Andy Mac was 2nd and Thomas Mueller third.
The breeze died about 5:30 PM and we all were happy to get towed in.
At that point Andy led the regatta with Thomas Mueller second. It should be noted that two Rock Stars were crewing in top two boats: Austin Sperry and Mark Pickel.
A great happy hour was held on the Coral Reef deck and a superb dinner followed for all involved.
Sunday showed us a glassy bay at 10 AM but Rich had us on the water. There was just enough breeze to get to the starting area. At 11:10 a SE sea breeze came in and in 5 minutes we had 10 knots from about a 115 heading.
Again a course 4 and we got off to a clean start. Augie Diaz / Bob Schofield took this one and never looked back after a start that shortly featured a 5 degree favorable shift. Mueller / Pickel took second, and in doing so took the Masters Series.
Louan Zagarino gave out the prizes and gave a report on Frank who, unfortunately, had to be taken back to the hospital the night before.
Mueller and Pickel took first with Macdonald / Sperry in second and Hans Fogh / David Cesar third.
In the Grand Masters division (60 and up) Hans Fogh was first and ever fast John Sherwood and Bert Collins were second.
The Exalted Grand Master winner (70 and up) was Harry Walker / Arthur Anosov. They were 16th in the series. The Very Super Senior Winner (80 and up) was Dr Emil Karlofsky with veteran crew Chris Rodgers. Emil sailed a fine series, finishing 26th, and will be 90 years old this year.
Lastly the long sleeved shirts we received bear the logo and the title The Zag Regatta. That is as it should be, for Zag was its papa and Louan has been the mother hen who has made us all so welcomed.
The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all.
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San Diego, California 92106 USA
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