Monday, June 13, 2011

Windermere Regatta Wrap

This past weekend June 11-12 AnacortesYacht Club hosted their annual Windermere Regatta on Padilla Bay. 40 boats from as far away as Olympia, Idaho and Victoria ranging from 22' to 40' feet were split into 4 divisions. Six races were sailed during the two day regatta and live music and shoreside competitions kept the club busy till the sun went down and then some.The J-80 fleet (80 decimeters) were sailing their Fleet 18 Championships where the racing was tight and resulted in in a two way and three way tie in the final results. When the sails were stowed and the champagne flowed it was Dr. Chris White and co-skipper David Way sailing for Anacortes Yacht Club in first, Sheva and Excitable from Victoria were second and third. In the big boat fleet Teddy Bear skippered by Gray Hawken with three generations of Hawken family sailors on board finished sandwiched between two Bellingham boats;Vitesse driven by Tequila Dave Steffen in first and Extreme with Aussie Jack Gerity in third. Division 4 was the most diverse fleet with 12 boats. The Left Coast Dart which is manufactured right here in Anacortes ended up on top folllowed by one of the two female skippers Stephanie Schwenk putting her 1978 vintage SC-27 "Wild Rumpus" in second place and Blackfoot sailing for Bellingham Yacht Club and helmed by Mick Corcoran in third. Division 5 featured the closest starts and busiest mark roundings. Syndicat with Jerry Vanderveen of Mt Vernon at the controls dominated scoring only 8pts in a 5 race series. Kyle Saum drove his Ericson 29 which he has owned for 30 years to second with original sails and Port Commisioner Bill Short took third in the Lucky Duck. Next weekend AYC will feature the Womens Regatta Saturday and the Singlehanded Regatta Sunday.The sailors are allowed to use both hands.

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