Joe Schaub (T 17) Wins Breezy Maxinkuckee Fall Regatta
Joe Schaub and Michael Barr battled until the very end to decide this year’s Maxinkuckee Fall Regatta Champion. And it wasn’t until the final leg of the last race that Joe and his crew Liz Bernstein were able to collect a second place finish and hold off Michael and his crew John Barr who did all they could do by finishing 1st in the last race..
All the competitors had their respective favorite weather channels close at hand Friday and Saturday morning and were busy dusting off foul weather gear and loading up their boats with the heavy air sails. Hurricane Gordon was fizzling out in the lower mid west and driving thundershowers and high winds into the upper plains states. This created heavy, but steady, winds ranging from a moderate 12 knots to puffs in the low 20s on Saturday. But it was the Sunday forecast for even higher winds that had all the sailors looking for as many races as could be had Saturday. The race committee obliged and did a great job getting races started quickly by setting the start/finish line permanently in the middle of a windward/leeward course. This kept the race committee team centered and stabled and allowed the races to be rolled over quickly. And Sunday cooperated as well; even with rain on moderate winds, the last day cleared up and the sailors navigated steady winds in the mid teens with puffs in the lower 20s.
For the complete list of final race scores, go to the Racing Schedule page.
The Maxinkuckee hosts treated the skippers and crews to delicious warm breakfasts and lunches along with a fantastic chili cheeseburger party; their hospitality was remarkable. And their fleet held their own nicely as well. Except for Barr (B 66) sailing his way into second place, the T boats showed up and sailed fast.
If you have never sailed in this fall classic, then you must give it shot in 2019. Great hosts, a great lake and a very competitive fleet are all in store for you when you do.