Cedar Spring and Mother’s Day Regatta Results
Mother’s Day Regatta
The prediction going into the regatta was for sunburn and moderate, variable breeze and the prediction was accurate. Eight races were run with twelve boats from four different lakes over two days. Cam McNeil won this one sailing puff to puff, even as each puff seemed to come from a different point on the compass and with intensity ranging from 6 to 18mph. Brett Hatton found time on this busy weekend to sail and finished second. Andrea Lee asked for a regatta (and ice cream) for Mother’s Day and got her wish, finishing third. Scow sailing in Michigan is alive and well. It’s always a family affair. Cam sailed with brother Ben and their father Doug watched from a powerboat, Tom Keenan sailed with his son. Justin Schaub had father Joe as crew. The list goes on and on. These folks at Spring Lake know how to do it up right.
Spring Lake is an integral part of the Western Michigan Yachting Association, whose annual regatta is now open to all scow sailors. The regatta has a unique schedule. E’s, C’s, Melges 17’s, MC’s, Opti’s, Lasers and Butterfly’s each run five races over four days. Many sailors, though, get in fifteen races over those same four days by sailing in three different classes. Sailors might compete in the E in the morning then the 17 in the afternoon for example, or the C early then the MC later in the day, and also watch their kids over on the Opti course. This cross class mix is key to the long success of the WMYA organization. Sailing is healthy when youth is served and this format provides a great way for each new generation to get their feet wet (literally), build a strong social group and then hold responsibility when their turn comes. The regatta rotates around fantastic sailing venues of Torch, Crystal, White and Spring Lakes. These lakes all enjoy a regular 15mph+ seabreeze July through August due to Lake Michigan being just a few hundred yards away over the sand dunes. The western Michigan Yachting Association invites you and your family to come to White Lake this July 30 through Saturday August 2, 2014 to race, party and enjoy the greatest sunsets in the world every evening.
Cedar Spring Regatta
For those that missed it Cedar, WI took its place as a must do event. In the spring we have Springfield with big water, Cedar, IN with the colored drinks and the derby and now Cedar, WI has its place.
Three really good ideas:
-multiple races, up to nine (or more) short races that allow for a lot of starting line practice and a lot of mark roundings. This is a great departure from the usual 1 hour sausage race. Other departures could include reaching, longer races, light and heavy air racing. There are specialists in a lot of different breezes, points of sail, etc. Consider “zero to Draino” as an example. Maybe for the ILYA and/or the Nationals need to be the 1 hour sausage in a specific breeze range if that is considered to be the most “fair”. That doesn’t mean we have to make every race the same and short course racing with multiple winners is a lot of fun.
-pictures, video and coaching from Andy, Jimmy, and a special guest star. So many other classes have coaching and video and debrief and its great that now the C class has its coached event. We thought the pictures and commentary after Saturday racing was very valuable. Had Friday worked out with speed testing and tuning it would have been perfect. And we got a visit from the Wizard of Zenda. Asked if he was here to help Andy he retorted “Andy isn’t the one who needs help it’s you fellows (ok, maybe he didn’t say fellows)”. Thanks Melges.
-a couple of great parties. On Friday night, the A14 opened their house to the whole event and it was great. Saturday was ribs at the club and another great event.
We are moving in a positive direction. Quite a few boats sold in the past couple of years, thriving youth participation and a solid Spring circuit with LaBelle yet to come. Thanks to Paul, Melges, and the Cedar Lake Yacht Club for making an important contribution to the revitalization of this great boat.
|1||V-137||Jim Gluek||Mark Isabell||7||(8)||5||2||3||3||2||3||25|
|2||B-317||John Porter||Christine Porter||6||1||1||3||7||(12)||6||4||28|
|3||B-12||Kent Haeger||Mike Greeson||9||3||10||1||9||(11)||3||1||36|
|4||A-22||Jim Tews||Jennifer Jaessing/ Brad Egan||1||4||6||5||(10)||5||8||7||36|
|5||A-36||Tom Eckert||Dave Schmidt||3||(12)||2||8||6||7||5||10||41|
|6||A-136||Ed Eckert||DJ Jaessing/Charlie Meier||10||6||9||(11)||5||1||9||2||42|
|7||A-123||Matt Prange||Katie Bruder||2||13||4||9||12||(14)||1||5||46|
|8||A-14||Paul Reilly||Nick Rusher||11||5||7||6||(15)||4||4||12||49|
|9||A-111||Brian Sprinkman||John McGowan||4||7||(13)||7||1||10||12||9||50|
|10||A-77||Dave Baldus||Mark Prange/Pieter Kerr||(14)||14||11||10||2||6||7||6||56|
|11||B-217||Joe Skotarzak/Anne Muller||12||9||8||4||8||9||10||(13)||60|
|12||B-17||David Porter||Shawn Murphy/Katie Murphy||15||2||3||(18)||14||8||11||8||61|
|13||OO-7||Kurt Mihelich||Deb Gluek||5||(15)||12||14||13||2||14||11||71|
|14||W-23||Sean Wagner||Dan Guidinger||17||10||(18)||17||11||13||13||14||95|
|15||D-18||Matt Berman||Mark Hetzler||8||18||16||15||4||(DNS)||DNS||DNS||99|
|17||A-76||Patti Schmidt||Becky Schmidt||18||16||17||13||16||(DNS)||DNS||DNS||118|
|18||N-3||Richard Milaeger||Craig Heinze||16||17||14||16||(DNS)||DNS||DNS||DNS||120|