|District 20 Regatta Report|| |
Sat Jan 10th, 2004 through Sun Jan 11th, 2004
| Report by Harry Walker - Saturday:|
What used to be a sleepy sail in the sun for perhaps 20 boats turned, this year, into a major regatta. 52 boats registered; 6 Gold Stars; 10 nations represented; a bevy of Silver Stars; and plenty of wind. The event was again hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club.
The first race of the day was set as course 4 by Rich Raymond, the experienced and well-respected PRO who handles many of the major Star events at the club. Winds were as predicted ranging from 16-18 from the northwest and osculating perhaps 10 degrees. Rich is known for getting the show going on time and today was no exception. The line was good with a slight pin end bias and the start got away with four boats called over early. These included Reynolds, Cayard, McDonald, Campbell and Mark Pickel.
50 boats had checked in but, after the thrash to weather, only 42 turned the mark. The finish, in a building breeze , saw only 39 finishing, the others having retired.
George Szabo with Mark Strube crewing, led all the way until the last leg where Ian Percy and Steve Mitchell nailed them by a few yards having, as George put it, "sailed an awesome downwind leg". Howard Shiebler came third.
The second race, again course 4, was sailed immediately after the last boat finished race one. At the start the wind was about 18 but was up and down during the race, dropping to 12 at one point. It was a clean start except for the Irish skipper Max Treacy who got pushed over the line by his fellow countryman Mark Mansfield.
Racing was tight and at just prior to the first mark two of the leaders collided causing both to retire.
At the finish, which was a nail biter with Howard Shiebler nipping Ian Percy by a foot or two, we saw Freddy Lööf come third and Peter Bromby fourth.
Only 36 boats finished as, again, there were several DNFs because of rigging failure.
The end of the day saw World’s Champion Percy with a slim lead over Shiebler.
Rick Peters hosted a Star Party at his residence that drew most of the contestants.
Sunday, January 11
Mark Pickel lost his rig when he dipped his pole. Almost all the registered boats sailed except Szabo, of course, whose boat was so badly damaged yesterday. Wind was reported at 15-18 from the northwest with lumpy conditions. Bright sunshine made for a more pleasant day on the Bay.
This gives Shiebler first with Ian Percy second.
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