District 1  Regatta Report

Sat Sep 8th, 2012 through Sun Sep 9th, 2012

 Cedar Point Open (Bedford Pitcher) crew Roland Schulz (left) and skipper Jock Kohlhas

Cedar Point Open (Bedford Pitcher) crew Roland Schulz (left) and skipper Jock Kohlhas

2012 Bedford Pitcher


Report by Harrison Gill, PRO:

Cedar Point hosted the annual Open Regatta for the Bedford Pitcher on Sept. 8-9, a weekend of great Star racing despite conditions ranging from four-foot waves and 25-knot winds on Saturday to long spells with no wind on Sunday.

CPYC's Jock Kohlhas and Ronald Schulz took the #1 spot for the five-race series, followed by John Edenbach and Will Christianson. Keith Donald and Kevin Elterman, of Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, took third. Cedar Point's Richie Gordon, by far the youngest sailor of the event, and his father, Rich Gordon, took fourth.

Participation was down somewhat as a result of the NAs in Hamilton, Ontario, but the nine teams that made it enjoyed great sailing and interesting conditions.

With a strong frontal system blowing through on Saturday, sailors headed out in a stiff southerly that ranged from 18 to 25 knots. Will Swigart and Mark Sokolich won Race 1, followed by Edenbach and Christianson. Race 2 saw Kohlhas finish first followed by Keith Donald in second and Edenbach in third.

By the end of the second race with the stiff breeze blowing directly out of the south, the choppy seas gave way to steep waves and even stronger gusts. The competitors decided to spare their rigs and see what Sunday held.

Forecasts called for a cool, clear day with gentle winds out of the north. At harbor start it looked as if the forecast would hold, but with forty seconds left in the first sequence the breeze completely died, forcing a postponement that would last for nearly two hours. Just as it began to look as if three Sunday races would be impossible, a sea breeze filled in, steady at 6 to 9 knots out of the south southeast.

Edenbach won Race 3 with Kohlhas second, leaving them tied for the series. Race 4 again saw the Edenbach and Kohlhas vying for the lead at the top mark, but on the second beat, veteran Star sailor, Thorny Cook, snuck past them both to take the gun. Jock came from behind in Race 5 to capture the Pitcher, one point ahead of Edenbach. Keith Donald finished third for the series with standout Cedar Point junior sailor Richie Gordon in fourth. Richie was also one of only four skippers who managed to finish all five races. Special thanks go out to his crew and father, Rich, who was event chair for another successful Open Regatta for the Bedford Pitcher.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: 1 2 3 4 5 Total
1 8269   Jock Kohlhas   Ronald Schulz   8269   3.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 7
2 7471   John Edenbach   Will Christianson   7471   2.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 8
3 8087   Keith Donald   Kevin Elterman   8087   5.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 2.0 12
4 7604   Richie Gordon   Richard Gordon   7604   6.0 4.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 20
5 8112   Joseph Bainton   Chris Rogers   8112   4.0 10.0 [DNS] 5.0 7.0 5.0 21
6 7715   Carroll McCallum   Tom Hood   7715   10.0 [DNS] 10.0 [DNS] 6.0 4.0 3.0 23
7 7959   Thorsten Cook   Mike Young   7959   10.0 [DNS] 10.0 [DNS] 8.0 1.0 7.0 26
8 8291   Will Swigart   Mark Sokolich   8291   1.0 10.0 [DNS] 10.0 [DNS] 10.0 [DNS] 10.0 [DNS] 31
9 8218   David Cutler   Sasha Djurdjevic   8218   10.0 [DNS] 10.0 [DNS] 7.0 10.0 [DNS] 10.0 [DNS] 37

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