Monday, June 11, 2012

Wild and Windy Windermere

The Anacortes Yacht Club's annual Gran Prix qualifier Windermere Regatta was sailed June 9th and 10th in the eel grass filled waters of  Fidalgo and Padilla Bay. The 34 boats which ranged in rating from -33 to just this side of 300 were split into 5 divisions. Four races were sailed Saturday and three races Sunday, windward /leeward once and twice around. Highlights of the weekend included karaoke Saturday night, delecious London broil with all the fixins, complimentary champagne for each boat as they motored in on Sunday, and really beautiful trophies in the form of coffee mugs and etched beer glasses. In division 5 the San Juan 24's welcomed the Santana 22 and Nonsuch but sailed away with the top 3 places nonetheless. Division 4 was the under 30', over 30 years old, over 5000lbs, except for the dueling Beneteau 265's. Syndicat had the most dominant performance of the regatta with a score of 8 followed by her sistership and the racer scorer Kyle Saum in third. Division 3 was the Santa Cruz 27's plus 3 interlopers. The J-30 Celebration put the smackdown on the OD boys and the always well sailed Hotfoot 27 Blackfoot slipped in for 3rd. In division 2 the new sportboats were schooled by the old school sportboats and  Dr. Tiny White schooled'em all in the Soling. In the maxi big boat class, division 1, the largest fleet with the largest boats the competition was as fierce as the bear on Teddy Bear's spinnaker. Five different boats won at least one race and in the end The Bad Boys on Extreme won on a tiebreaker. The Team Tequila on Vitesse held on for third. Next up in AYC trophy case is the Northern Century, the epic 100 miler starting with a cannon blast Friday August 24th. Check out all the details @