District 1  Regatta Report

Sat Sep 11th, 2004 through Sun Sep 12th, 2004

Peter Cusick & Serge Leonidov, WInners; photo by Helen Jankoski

Peter Cusick & Serge Leonidov, WInners; photo by Helen Jankoski

2004 Bedford Pitcher

 

PETER CUSICK AND SERGEY LEONIDOV WIN THE BEDFORD PITCHER
By David Bolles

Fourteen boats from four fleets participated in the 2004 Bedford Pitcher. Racing started off with a bang on Saturday with a fairly good breeze and plenty of chop. While the fleet stayed fairly close together, oddly enough the first three finishers ended race 1 in what would become the eventual series finish.

Race 2 started in slightly less wind, but after the fleet rounded the windward mark the wind began to lighten until it was just a whisper by the leeward mark. At that time Ben Cesare, with Adam Tamme as crew, was in the lead. There followed a long excruciating windward leg in which some boats were able to hold their positions while others fell into holes which left them stranded. The race committee mercifully shortened the race to end at the second windward mark, with Will Swigart and Desmond Walsh taking top honors.

On Saturday evening the participants were treated to a marvelous dinner provided by the members of the CLIS fleet, led by Nelson Stephenson who cooked the barbequed roast, salmon, chicken and vegetables and Thorny Cook who provided the cheese and crackers.

There was little hope of getting off any races on Sunday, but the race committee set off to do some wind hunting and was able to find enough to get off two more races, albeit in light to moderate conditions. In the final race the tide was running enough to cause a couple of boats to hug the windward mark. However, the team of Peter Cusick and Sergey Leonidov sailed a consistent series to win the event for a second time.

Special thanks for the members of CLIS and the Cedar Point race committee for making the event a memorable occasion.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: 1 2 3 4 Total
1 Mona Lisa   Peter Cusick   Sergey Leonidov   7951   1.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 7
2 Serendipity   Bill Watson   Roger Sharp   8007   2.0 7.0 1.0 4.0 14
3 Kimmar   Ben Cesare   Adam Tamme   7952   3.0 2.0 3.0 7.0 15
4 Ciao Bella   Will Swigart   Desmond Walsh   7715   7.0 1.0 8.0 2.0 18
5 Telluride   Jack Button   Chris Batchelor   7565   11.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 23
6 Mongrel   Guy Gurney   Harrison Gill   7890   5.0 8.0 6.0 5.0 24
7 Junkyard Dog   Joe Bainton   Tod Raynor   8112   4.0 10.0 9.0 6.0 29
8 8080   Nelson Stephenson   David Chard   8080   8.0 12.0 5.0 8.0 33
9 Bel Ami   Thorny Cook   Mike Young   7959   10.0 6.0 10.0 12.0 38
10 7657   David Hoffman   J Rittenhouse   7657   9.0 9.0 12.0 9.0 39
11 7993   John Bainton   Will Christiansen   7993   6.0 14.0 7.0 13.0 40
12 6970   Jason Naylor   Chris Kriz   6970   13.0 11.0 11.0 10.0 45
13 7371   Steve Andrews   Ailene Rogers   7371   14.0 4.0 14.0 14.0 46
14 Impromptu   David Bolles   Alejandra Bolles   8035   12.0 13.0 13.0 11.0 49

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