(Revised on March 14th, 2018)
Burton Russell Point to Point Race
by Dave Pahl
The annual Burton Russell Trophy Regatta was run as a point to point race again this year, but with a short windward/leeward leg before taking off around Sandy & Garden Cays. The NNW wind was a little higher than forecast with a lively 13-15 kt. breeze. 12 boats signed in with 11 making the start, which was highly contested. All cleared the start somehow and the racing began. Sun Dog found her stride and was scratch boat for much of the race and corrected to third place. Second Wind reveled in the conditions to correct in second place. Visiting cruiser Blue Sky, a C&C 32, won on corrected time with very well oiled crew work and tactics. A boisterous awards party followed and the racers were sad to learn that there is only one cruising boat race remaining. All agreed that the new race course format was keeping the racing exciting and new. Many thanks to Di Hunter and Caesar’s Ghost as race committee boat and to David Fuger for volunteering his Miss Lisa as mark boat.
Photo Credits: Will Heyer & Catherine Allin
by Dave Pahl
The HTSC Spring Regatta came up a bit short on participation but long on pleasure for those eight boats who came out to race on a perfect Abaco sailing day. The race was run in near perfect conditions, beginning with 15 kt. winds which diminished slightly during the 2 hour race. The Race Committee used a strictly windward/leeward course with a port and starboard leeward marks which were taken at the skipper's choice. The race favored the bigger boats, at first. In the end, LONE PEAK corrected in first place with John Pinder at the helm. SUNRISE was only 76 seconds behind, with Milton Harris in hot pursuit. SECOND WIND corrected in third, with GRUMPY OLE MEN taking fourth place. The ABACO RAGE won the good sport award with a crew of 15 pry-mates. Thank you to Glen & Linda Brodie for the use of Mintaka as a committee boat and Joe & Beth O’Neal (& Will Heyer of course!) for being mark boat.
Photo Credits: Will Heyer & Catherine Allin, & Glenn Brodie
Baverstock Trophy Race
by Dave Pahl
Nine intrepid Sunfish racers awoke to a showery day with fickle winds. The Abaco Dinghy racers elected not to race due to the imminent threat of inclement weather. Ironically, the winds were light and unpredictable. The father, son team of Jeff & Joey Gale won first and second place respectively, with Colin Buffin taking third place. The winds backed from ESE to ENE during the afternoon, making a challenging day for the race committee. The mark boat, Miss Lisa, with Dave Fuger & Linda Eshelman on board did a great job of adjusting the course between races. All women Sunfish sailors are welcome to participate.
Photo Credits: Catherine Allin
Abaco Joy Trophy Race for Abaco Dinghies Plus Sunfish Races, February 18th, 2018
by Carol Pahl
Abaco Joy Trophy Race...a family affair: Once again the race committee made a good choice to postpone the races for a week to allow the winds to calm down. It ended up being a gorgeous day with sunny skies and 8-10 knots of easterly breeze, which was perfect for the 5 Abaco Dinghies, 9 Sunfish, several spectators, one 8ft. long nurse shark, and the Gale family dog that came out for the three race series.
Joey Gale sailed his Sunfish brilliantly, earning him first place overall, although he was edged out by his father in the 2nd race, after Jeff turned his crew (the family dog) over to his wife in their chase boat. The ladies were hot contenders today with Sabine Probst placing second overall. The webmaster (yours truly) joined the race committee so that full time RC member Pamela Cantrell could join in the competition. She took full advantage of the opportunity and came in fifth. Enthusiastic Kim Rody was ahead of the fleet at the beginning of the first race but unfortunately had TOO good of a start causing her to go over the line early.
The Abaco Dinghy class had its own, longer course with separate marks to go around for this race day. They kept up the pace nicely and still finished at the same time that the Sunfish did, challenging the RC. It was great to see K. Guinness out sailing Jersey Girl with his son (& junior sailor) Jack, and they came in second on corrected time. Harold Malone in Local Boy earned top honors and was awarded the prestigious Abaco Joy Trophy.
Thanks go out to Di Hunter who provided her stable Caesar’s Ghost as race committee boat, and to Doug Behrendt & Doug Hyde in Seabreeze, who did a splendid job of setting all the marks. The complete results are below, along with a sampling of photos from the day’s action.
Photo Credits: Art Dennis, Catherine Allin, Bob White, & Carol Pahl