This year Two boats flew the scarlet letter, Gray Hawken's Teddy Bear and Mikey owned by Kevin Welch representin for Team Big Blue. The Hawken's competed with three generations aboard and missed having good 'ol Fred A in the cockpit. (Get well soon!) Div 1 turned into a 4 boat shoot out in a 5 boat class. Teddy Bear was on the podium each day bringing home a boatload of prizes. Kevin Welch along with AYC members Ian and Joy Sloan absolutely demolished, dismantled and destroyed Div 5. For people trying to learn what sailboat racing is all about this is hard to understand . It's supposed to be a tightly controlled one design class and each boat identical. Well it didn't look that way on the race course with Mikey winning every single race all week long and many by a landslide. The Mikey crew are training hard for the World Championship this summer in San Francisco.
Div 7 had an Anacortes flavor with Jim Lee's fleet of Left Coast Darts, constructed right here in A town doing battle with Team Schwenk split between the two Sierra 26's. Stephanie Schwenk sailed with the Bainbridge High sailing team all week scratched out a 1/2 point victory over the top DART. Many other AYC sailors and crews were spotted on the course and on the stage at the after party and another WIRW is now in the books.
|Mikey flying downwind on Wednesday|