|District 20 Regatta Report|| |
Sat Feb 11th, 2006 through Sun Feb 12th, 2006
First day leaders John Dane and Austin Sperry, photo by Dan Nerney. Rolex MOCR
| Regatta photos by Jan Walker at RegattaActiveImages.com.|
Report by Harry Walker
Interestingly there were a number of family units. Fathers and sons included the Danes, Londrigans, Sperrys, Adams, and Richardsons.
The format was to be two races on Saturday and one Sunday. Reliable Rich Raymond, PRO, and the excellent Coral Reef Race committee got us out to the racing area on time in about 5-6 miles of breeze and then had to postpone while the breeze went to the south before settling in.
After 2 tries at starts that had to be postponed in the last seconds due to wind shifts, Rich finally got us off under a black flag. The majority of the fleet went off on port with only a few hanging it out to the right. As the fleet got to the first mark it turned out that neither side had a big advantage. Walker, coming in on port, got hung up at the windward mark and was passed by a flock as he did his 360 shortly thereafter.
On the downwind leg in a slowly building breeze another boat was observed doing turns for an infraction but otherwise the fleet was widely spaced and the right side seemed faster.
The final upwind leg was taken by Canada's Brian Cramer with IGC Chairman Rick Burgess crewing. Magnus Liljedahl, Olympic Gold Medal Crew, sailing with Karl Anderson, skippered the second finisher. Must just be talent. John Dane III / John Dane, a super fast family, were third.
The breeze had come up to 12-14 by the start of the second race. Tomasz Holc of Poland lost a jib halyard and that put an end to his day. PRO Raymond got this race off under the ZED flag, something that seems to be gaining in popularity in Miami. It was faster than race one and very close on the first lap.
Again there did not seem to be a favored side on this course 4 and boat speed, particularly downwind with the waves that had built up, was the name of the game. John Dane took first with the Hicks brothers from England second. Brian Cramer was third and last years American Yachtsman of the Year Augie Diaz with Olympic hopeful Mark Strube up front came fourth.
At the dinner which was hosted by Coral Reef YC the most amazed team were Walker with perennial champion Mark Reynolds crewing who found themselves in 6th overall. It was a great dinner with Chris Rogers winning the ice-cream eating championship. After supper LouAnn Zagarino did a replay of the great color slide show that was presented at Frank’s memorial service depicting his life.
Sunday morning a strong front moved through at 4 AM and the winds had increased to 25 – 28 mph and the temperature had dropped about 35 degrees to a very chilly 43. We all sat around eating breakfast, drinking coffee, and wondering if Rich would send us out. After an hours shore postponement the PRO cancelled for the day to the cheers of the assembled sailors. Rigs were taken down by those going to Fort Meyers for the Royal Palm Regatta and all else tidied up. Trophies were presented in the lobby of the Yacht Club. The Masters’ winner was John Dane III with his son John crewing. Runner-up went to Cramer and Burgess and third place to Magnus and Karl Anderson. The Grand Masters Championship was won by 85 year old Harry Walker and Mark Reynolds, with the runners up being Brooks and Austin Sperry. John Vanderhoff and Angelo Buscemi took third place. Exalted Grand Master winner was veteran Tony Herman with Scott Monroe, with Jack Button/Bear Hovey from Milford Fleet taking 2nd. Dr. Emil Karlovsky and Chris Rogers were 3rd (Emil is 90), although maybe he should be in his own category. Londrigans won the Family trophy. Again we were sorry not to get in the third race but all applauded and thanked the Race Committee and the Club for another great Masters. Old Zag would have loved it!
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