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Another perfect racing day - sunny and about 10 mph from the west, right down the lake. This will be the 7th and last race of the regatta and given the forecast just three-four days ago - we were very fortunate to have seven races.
Going into the last race Vincent Porter I-2 had an 8 point lead over Augie Barkow V-37 and he had a very comfortable 20 point lead over Brian Porter I-49. This was a no-throw-out regatta. Derek Packard M-87 needed to put a couple of boats between him and Brian to move up a place. The next five places (Scott Young, Lon Schoor, Scott Ripkey, Peter Maas and Peter Strothman) were 9 points apart and there was opportunity for some movement.
The port end of the starting line was favored, but it was also not too far off shore, probably why there wasn’t a pack of boats there. Scott Young I-1 was at the pin and sailed a long lifted starboard tack up the south shore, after a short hitch to port to get out from being to close too shore. Young crossed the top of the lake on the port lay line - it was a perfect plan since they rounded in first place. It appeared Vincent Porter I-2 came from the North shore, but I’m not certain, and was second around. They were followed by Schoor H-7, Peter Strothman I-9, Brian Porter I-49, John Wicks M-5, Augie Barkow V-37, and Hugh Sugar H-8. Packard had a bad start and trailed in 20th place at the first mark which meant he’d have to have an all-star comeback to hold his regatta position.
Brian got on top of Strothman and Schoor during the close first mark rounding. The lead boats stayed on starboard tack to the south shore and then gybed for the leeward mark with Vincent gybing right in front of the yacht club. Strothman gybed first and further out in the lake and that cost him a couple of positions. Brian and Schoor waited to gybe near the shore also but Brian held the inside position to round third after Young, followed by Schoor, Wicks, Barkow, and Peter Strothman. Brian got by Young on the upwind mark with Vincent leading and Schoor in 5th after being passed by Wicks. 6-8th was Barkow, Peter Strothman and Maas. This kept Mass ahead of Strothman for the regatta if he could keep boats from getting between them by the finish. New E-Scow owners/partners from Mendota, Phil Morley, Brendan Boylan, and Andrew Fox (H-3) were sailing well and moved from 15th to 9th behind Maas by the second upwind rounding. By far their best finish after their mast came down in race 4 when their forestay broke. Another boat on the move was Scott Ripkey I-10 going from 19th to 11th - and wasn’t done as he passed a couple more boats to finish 8th and hold on to his 7th place overall for the regatta.
On the second downwind Schoor got past Wicks, who had gybed away while Schoor headed for the south shore. The downwind created a gap between 4th and 5th positions. At the start of the last upwind leg it was Vincent, Brian, Young, and Schoor. Brian began working on Vincent. Young headed for the north shore saying he just “didn’t have anything to tack back on” when Schoor started heading more toward the south shore. About half way up it looked like Young would win big as he was coming off the North side on a great slant. Brian was gaining on Vincent and Schoor was watching a good race going on ahead with Peter Strothman a comfortable margin behind. Young’s lift faded big near the top and the two Porters were now on the favored port tack lift and would cross Young. Vincent and Brian had a couple of tacks near the finish. As they approached the finish line Brian was on port tack but could not cross Vincent - Brian ducked him 2 boat lengths from the finish and with a little extra speed and a slight favor at the starboard end, he luffed up and nipped Vincent at the finish. Young was a boat length back followed by Schoor, Strothman, Wicks, Barkow, and Ripkey.
A big thank you PRO Charlie McNider and crew for a great job and getting in all seven races and provided us with some great race courses. It takes a lot of people to host a regatta, thank you Rod Rieger, regatta chairperson, and all the members at the Lake Geneva Yacht club that put on such a good regatta. Also to Michael Moore, club manager, and Julie Navin.