District 2  Regatta Report

Sat Oct 23rd, 2004 through Sun Oct 24th, 2004

2004 Etchells & Stars Fall Regatta


Such a beautiful fall weekend for sailing!

A great fleet of 17 Etchells and 13 Stars headed out for some wonderful fall racing on the Chesapeake. A shifty Northerly breeze and a funky current made for two challenging races for both the sailors and the race committee.

Annapolis Yacht Club again put on a delicious buffet to finish out the evening.

Sunday was predicted to be light easterly breezes and those of us from the Chesapeake were hopeful but not convinced that we would get a race off. In the end the RC called it a day early enough for the travellers to get back on the road.

Trophies and, of course, great food including a birthday cake for Jack Lynch capped off a great weekend.

Thanks to all who travelled to the event, thanks to the Etchells fleet for having us, thanks to AYC for doing a great job all around.

Report by John MacCausland
All good things must come to an end. So the 2004 Star sailing season ended in Annapolis, Maryland with the fall Star/E-22 regatta. Annapolis Yacht Club traditionally runs very good events and they did not disappoint the sailors this weekend.

Saturday we had two races on a windward leeward course, with five to ten knots of shifty north easterly winds. The racing was very challenging. Aaron Serinis with John Avis lead at each of the first two marks only to be passed by John MacCausland with Brian Sharp and Tom Price with Will Wagner on the last quarter of the second windward leg. On the run to the finish the top three places stayed the same. What looked like the end of the wind just at the start of the second race turned into the best breeze of the day. MacCausland and Sharp lead wire to wire on the six legged windward leeward course. Serinis, Price and Kling had a good race for second thru fourth. By the finish Serinis prevailed with Tom Price third and Steve Kling fourth.

Not only does Annapolis Yacht Club run good races they also put on a great dinner. The Star Fleet and the E-22 Fleet had dinner together. There were plenty of stories to go around.

Sunday was a none-event like many of the regattas this past season. With fifty degree temperatures, light rain and no wind, this made for a cold tow out and a cold tow back in. Realistically the highlight of the regatta was Gary Jobson, as many of you know he has been fighting cancer for the past two years. He has made a wonderful recovery and not only was he sailing an E-22 but he won the regatta against a small but talented fleet. He is sure an inspiration for all of us.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 Total
1 Erin   Maccausland   Sharp   8184   Cooper River YC   1.0 1.0 2
2 WMD   Serinis   Avis   7072   Tred Avon YC   3.0 2.0 5
3 Bop   Price   Wagner   7313   Gibson Island YS   2.0 3.0 5.0001
4 Team Poseidon   Boliakis   Hatfield   USA 8080   Indian Harbor YC   4.0 5.0 9
5 Grinch   Collins   Avellon   8063   Severn SA   5.0 8.0 13
6 Highway 61   Kling   Bryfogle   7460   Severn SA   10.0 4.0 14
7 Neva Jo   Leigh   Burgess   7454   Gibson Island YS   7.0 7.0 14.0001
8 7934   Von Schwarz   Vosbury   7934   Annapolis YC   11.0 6.0 17
9 7497   Wilson   Elsaesser   7497   SSA & EYC   6.0 11.0 17.0001
10 Hurrying Angel   North   Hough   7162   Chesapeake Bay YC   8.0 9.0 17.0003
11 Elusive   Wiley   Cockayne   7785   Miles River YC   9.0 12.0 21
12 Mary Jane   Hopkins   Kaplan   7970   Severn SA   12.0 10.0 22
13 7465   Duffett   Baker   7465   Severn SA   13.0 13.0 26

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