(Revised on January 17th, 2018)
Charles P. Manchee Trophy, Point to Point Race around Garden & Sandy Cays, January 17th, 2018
by Dave Pahl
Overcast skies and a generally drizzly day greeted the racers aboard the fleet of 8 boats that entered in the Charles P. Manchee trophy race hosted by the HTSC. The race committee was very lucky to get this race done on the one moderate day between a time of extended high winds.
In 10 knots of North wind preceding a major cold front, the 2 hour race was once again dominated by LONE PEAK, Aaron Benbow's J-24, skippered by John Pinder. The ABACO RAGE made a dramatic comeback on the downwind legs, passing 4 boats, but not making up enough time to finish in the money. In 2nd. Place was GRUMPY OLE MEN, skippered by Don Meinhold, narrowly edging out SUNRISE with Milton Harris on the helm, who settled for 3rd. Only 3 seconds of corrected time separated the #2 and #3 boats. SECOND WIND was the only boat over early at the start, prompting skipper David Hanafourde to exclaim that ''if you are not over early once in the while, you are not trying hard enough''. Hanafourde raced a gallant comeback, coming in fourth after a second run at the starting line. The complete results and photos are below:
Photo Credits: Will Heyer & Catherine Allin
S. Yeardley Smith Race, January 5th, 2018
by Dave Pahl
The HTSC race committee wisely postponed the S. Yeardley Smith Regatta for a couple of days, treating the competitors to a lively 10-14 knot breeze under a beautiful winter Abaco sky. The 57 ft. AGILITY, an Atlantic 57 catamaran, skippered by Jeff Warden, showed the fleet around the course in fine style, finishing 20 minutes ahead of the lead boat (there was no handicap available and he received the good sportsmanship award). After the results were tallied, the 10 boat race was won on corrected time by the J 24 LONE PEAK, skippered by John Pinder, for the second time in a row. GRAVINA skippered by Jamel Lister corrected in second place with GRUMPY OLE MEN in third with George LeBoutillier at the helm.
SUNRISE with Dave Pahl at the helm suffered the misfortune of a severe winch override at the windward mark resulting in an impressive display of involuntary 360's (perhaps he can bank those 360s with the race committee for the future?). Notably absent was the ABACO RAGE which should be ready again for the next race. Below are the complete results:
Photo Credits: Will Heyer, Catherine Allin and Saul Woythaler
by David Allin
The weather was of some concern for this, the first race of the 2017/2018 season, Initial forecasts showed winds of between 25/28 mph but this was slowly reduced through the week, until actual race day when competitors saw 10/14 mph from the NE.
From the start the two J boats took the lead and “Grumpy Ole Men” never looked back, followed by “Lone Peak” a J 24 . Throughout the fleet there were several close battles and the steady wind made for pleasant sailing. The main fear for the RC and competitors alike was the very ominous clouds that were starting to press around the race course, however all competitors made it home without getting wet.
For this race of the nine competitors 5 were club members and 4 were visitors, a healthy mix and hopefully a good omen for the club to continue to attract outside interest in our racing.
The next event is scheduled on 3rd January 2018.
Here are the full results:
Photo Credits: Art Dennis & Catherine Allin