District 12  Regatta Report

Sat Jun 4th, 2005 through Sun Jun 5th, 2005

Class president Bill Allen at the regatta party

Class president Bill Allen at the regatta party

Great Centennial Regatta

 

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of the Bull and Bear
The 100 years celebration of Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, the Great Centennial Regatta, replaced the tradional Tomahawk Regatta, usually held on this weekend in June.

Sailors stepped back in time with the celebration beginning Friday as crews raced each other aboard the Bull and the Bear, replicas of 19th century gaff-rigged sloops known as sandbaggers. Sandbaggers were built for speed, their name coming from the sandbags tossed from side to side to keep the vessels from tipping as they sailed to the limit.

The Bull and Bear competition pitted crews of the three sailboat classes raced at the club, Stars, Thistles and E Scows, against each other in a round robin. If anyone was counting, the Thistle crew won. At the Bear's helm was a distinguished visiting skipper, Buddy Melges Jr., who has a long list of sailing accomplishments to his credit. These include being the last American skipper to win the America's Cup and a two time Star World Champion.

Report and photo by Magnus Liljedahl:
The lack of wind to fill our sails didn't seem to bother anyone as Saturday's racing had to be cancelled. No wonder with a social schedule like the one LHYC provided. Incredible foods were served for breakfast,lunch and dinner. Extraordinary talented artists entertained at night, culminating with a Reggae band on Saturday.

Sunday morning was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky, but would there be any wind? Well, race committee prayers were answered with a weak NW flow, enough to run two races and establish a winner in each of the three classes. David Cutler gave me the tiller in his Star for the regatta and moved forward in the cockpit to assume the "whipping" position. Some of the worlds best sailors grew up sailing on lakes and what better evidence of that than Buddy Melges. Yes, it was "super" shifty and patchy as we navigated between the shorelines, in and out of the coves. But there was a pattern even though you and I could not see it. John MacCausland and George Iverson won both races of the day, something luck alone will not produce. We improved as the day progressed, beginning to notice flags on shore and other tell tails nature provided, something I'm sure that the winners paid attention to long before the first race.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 Total
1 8184   John Maccausland   George Iverson   8184   CR   1.0 1.0 2
2 7120   Jeff Schuhardt   James Favaro   7120   SL   4.0 2.0 6
3 7756   John Lombard   Mark Sokolich   7756   Mid   2.0 9.0 11
4 7830   Andy Ivey   Rick Rundle   7830   Sun   3.0 8.0 11.0001
5 7729   Hyde Perce   Tom Reid   7729   WH   5.0 6.0 11.0002
6 8086   Jimmie Lowe   Kevin Murphy   8086   N   9.0 4.0 13
7 7709   Dave Ivey   Bob Restrick   7709   Sun   12.0 3.0 15
8 7369   Steve Haarstick   Todd Schumacher   7369   SL   11.0 5.0 16
9 7009   Stu Miller   Jack Winthrop   7009   LH   10.0 10.0 20
10 7998   Magnus Liljedahl   David Cutler   7998   BisB   16.0 7.0 23
11 7463   Werner Holtze   Rick Burgess   7463   SL   7.0 16.0 23.0001
12 7824   Bill Allen   Rick Burgess   7824   WH   8.0 15.0 23.0003
13 7726   Fred Eagles   Bill McMahon   7726   LHYC   13.0 11.0 24
14 7271   Bob Westcott   Kevin Westcott   7271   SL   15.0 12.0 27
15 8083   John Chiarella   Terry Fletcher   8083   Sun   14.0 13.0 27.0001
16 7952   Ben Cesare   Kim Cesare   7952   Mid   6.0 25.0 [DNF] 31
17 7497   Kris Wilson   Bud Elsaesser   7497   An   19.0 14.0 33
18 7127   Bernd Hefele   Karl Hefele   7127   LH   20.0 17.0 37
19 8063   Bert Collins   Guy Avellon   8063   An   17.0 25.0 [DNF] 42
20 8112   J Joseph Bainton   Tod Raynor   8112   CLIS   18.0 25.0 [DNF] 43
21 5551   Don Taylor   Deborah Kelly   5551   LH   21.0 25.0 [DNF] 46
22 6808   Jack Dunnigan   Terry Comerford   6808   LH   22.0 25.0 [DNF] 47
23 7015   Bill Nutzel     7015   LH   25.0 [DNS] 25.0 [DNS] 50
23 8007   William Watson   Sam Turvey   8007   CLIS   25.0 [DNS] 25.0 [DNS] 50

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