(Revised on January 16th, 2019)
January 13th Abaco Dinghy & Sunfish Regatta
Report written by Dave Pahl
What an outstanding day for the first dinghy races of the season. The breeze was 10 knots and reasonably steady from the SSE under a cloudy sky. 16 boats showed up to compete with the quantity split nearly even between Sunfish and Abaco Dinghies. Both classes were able to race 3 races. Ted Estep was baptised into the realm of Abaco Dinghy racing with his graceful broach, living up to the boat’s name Nothin’s Easy. Best-of-the Best skipper Jeff Gale dominated the Sunfish class with Richard Woods and Dave Pahl in hot pursuit, taking second and third place overall, respectively. Peter Eshleman won the Abaco Dinghy class sailing Kassie, with Will Heyer coming in second sailing Mac N Cheese, and Harold Malone placing third in Local Boy on corrected time, as the dinghies race on handicap. Many thanks to the catamaran Old Peculier for being committee boat and to Sue Holloway for loaning Eagle Light, so that Denise & Marty White could be mark boat. We look forward to 5 more races this season. The HTSC Race Committee provided another stellar event insuring even more participation in races to come.
Click HERE for Lorraine Morecraft's slideshow photos and see more photos below the results.
Photos by Art Dennis, Patti Hanafourde, & Carol Pahl
S. Yeardley Smith Trophy Race
Report Written by Dave Pahl
The S. Yeardley Smith Trophy regatta was successfully raced in dynamic conditions that tested the abilities of the skippers, crew, and boats. The winds started at 15 kts plus and rose to the upper teens/low 20’s, depending on whose anemometer you trusted. Mintaka served as committee boat, courtesy of Glenn & Linda Brodie, with Will Heyer and the Buffins manning Game On as the mark boat. The rising NNW winds instigated one DNF, the Abaco Rage. The remaining 5 boats persevered, but not without incident as Lone Peak had multiple gear failures particularly jib sheets parting, and Sunrise experienced a lost headstay due to a broken rigging pin, all of which were gallantly repaired while underway. Irie Joe with Ron Engle at the helm in a Maine Cat 41 was scratch boat and corrected to first place followed by David Hanafourde skippering Empty Pockets in second place. Sunrise skippered by Milton Harris corrected in third place just squeaking past Lone Peak and Aaron Benbow who came in 4th. Omnity, a Crealock 34 won the good sport award AGAIN, adding to their growing collection of HTSC glasses. The stand-up after the race proved as boisterous as the winds and a great time was had by all, as our gallant race committee put on quite a venue for all of the participants. Many thanks to David Allin and his race committee, the mark & committee boats, and the stand-up hosts, who nourished us after the race! Check out the complete race results below, along with photos from Will Heyer, Catherine Allin, and Glenn & Linda Brodie.
H. Bowen White Trophy Race
(Boxing Day Race)
Report written by Dave Pahl
“Why not” were the words on Skipper Don Meinhold’s mind as he and the crew on Grumpy Ole Men passed Why Knot on the last leg, and won the previously postponed Boxing Day Regatta for the H. Bowen White Trophy. Why Knot is a brand new Saffier 33, skippered by Man-O-Warian, Per Save. It is a smart looking boat indeed, and we are all anxious to watch her fly as the new skipper and boat find their wings. Per corrected to 4th place in his first regatta with the new boat. Dave Pahl skippered Sunrise, owned by Milton Harris, to second place corrected, and third place went to Ron Engle skippering the Maine Cat catamaran Tamarack. In fifth place was the Abaco Rage skippered by Rich Cook, with 18 crew on board and in conditions that the Rage was not in its element with. The race was sailed in 11-14 knot winds, under a hazy sky. Our polished race committee, headed by David Allin on Solitaire 1, set a perfect course and agenda, tended to by Stafford Patterson & Will Heyer in the mark boat. It was a great way to open the racing season! The complete results are below, along with photos by Will Heyer & Catherine Allin.