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Report by Rick Burgess
The 12th District Championship for 2002 was hosted by Seneca Yacht Club on Lake Seneca, in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. Lake Seneca is a wonderful place to sail and the folks at Seneca Yacht Club are to be commended for a job, well done.
The 12th district includes both Canadian and American contestants, of which a number of Canadians were vying for a berth on their Olympic sailing team. The Canadians who were racing included Bill Abbott who represented Canada in the Olympics twice in the Soling class. Ted Haines and Larry Scott represented Canada in the Olympics in the Tempest class. Hans Fogh won two Olympic medals, silver in the Flying Dutchman and bronze in the Soling. So racing in this year's 12th District was very competitive and exciting.
Because Lake Seneca experiences southerly thermals each morning in the summer, the racing began every day at 9:00 AM. This worked out fine as we got in two races on both Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday, we sailed the last race and everyone had plenty of time to pack up and enjoy the trophy presentation before getting an early start on the road home.
If I had known I would
be writing this report, I would have taken copious notes after each race.
As a result, I don't remember the play-by-play. I can tell you that the
sailing was tricky, but as usual, the best sailors found a way to get
out in front and stay there. I remember in the third race, at the weather
mark, Kevin Murphy and John Finch had a commanding lead over the entire
fleet. Kevin went hard right and after much prompting from his very able
crew, he finally tacked. When they got to the mark they were eight feet
short of making it to which Kevin said to John "I told you we should
have gone further". I also remember that in the fourth race Rick
Dhein rounded the leeward mark in little or no wind. Then for some inexplicable
reason, only he picked up a nice little breeze and just sailed away from
the entire fleet. Good job Rick.
We thank the members
of the Seneca Yacht Club who really went out of their way to make sailing
there stress-free, fun, and easy.
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