2008 George Washington Birthday Regatta, The North Sails ZMAX and ZAP designs win again!
23 February 2008
Eustis, Fla.; Report by Jamie Kimball - This past weekend the Lake Eustis Sailing Club hosted their annual President’s Day weekend regatta. MC Scows, Melges 17s, Flying Dutchmen, Flying Scots, Optimists, Wayfarers, Lasers, and 420s were all in attendance. Well over 100 boats in all!! Thirty-six MC Scow teams participated in this years’ event, making it the largest fleet of the regatta. This regatta is a perfect opportunity to tune your skills in preparation for the MC Midwinters’ held in just a few weeks. Mark your calendar for 2009!!
Racing began Saturday morning in a dying breeze. Within the starting sequence the breeze had dropped to within drifter conditions. Not fast! In these conditions you really have to focus on the heel of your boat and sail trim to keep any forward momentum going. Up the first windward leg, Rob Terry from Crystal Lake was able to make some nice moves up the left side. However, the breeze shifted and the right was now favored. Terry, along with Lenny Krawcheck and Dave Johnson, did a really nice job getting right when it counted and were first to the windward mark. Terry would extend his lead downwind, and go on to win race 1. Due to a lack of wind, the race committee chose to finish the fleet at the second windward mark. Terry was followed by Krawcheck, Johnson, and Jamie Kimball.
After lunch PRO Devin Farley sent the fleet back on the water for race 2. The breeze was now up from the morning, but still very light. In fact, the breeze would soon fall to within drifter conditions. Once again, not fast! The best wind of the race was seen up the first leg, where the left became strongly favored due to more pressure. Mark Marenakos, Dave Moring, and Scott Tillema each found a nice lane up the left side and built a strong lead. Marenakos went on to win a light-air race 2, followed by Moring in second and Tillema in third.
After two races it was Rob Terry and Lenny Krawcheck out in front of the fleet. In very difficult conditions, Terry posted a 1st and a 4th while Krawcheck managed a 2nd and a 5th. Both sailors were happy with their results and looked forward to a windier day forecasted for Sunday.
Racing was ideal on the last day of the regatta. Three races were sailed in medium to sometimes heavier breeze. In these conditions you need to be aggressive with your body weight, sail trim, and control lines to sail the boat to its maximum potential. The courses were short, and racing was tight. At the first windward mark roundings there was always congestion. The right side was also favored at the top of the beat, so it often paid to be on the starboard lay line near the mark. Coming in on the port tack lay line was dangerous! In race 3, the leaders chose to tack soon after they rounded the last leeward mark. They soon found out this was not the right move. They were forced to sail in all of the downwind boats’ bad air. Several boats, including Kimball and Dave Moring, were able to pass the leaders up the right side. Kimball went on to win race 3 with Dave Moring in second.
The breeze continued to build, and regatta leader Rob Terry chose to put on crew. Rob and Jules Terry would now prove to be a tough combination. They led at every mark in the second race of the day, and went on to win race 4. Dave Moorhouse sailed a fantastic race finishing in second.
With one race to go, Terry still had the regatta lead after his second race win. Jeff Annis and Scott Tillema jumped out to a nice lead in this race. Up the second beat Kimball and Terry were able to close the distance on the leaders. When the leaders rounded, the breeze soon dropped and was now lighter than it had been. Kimball was able to close the distance even further on Annis and Tillema. The leeward mark rounding was close, but Kimball was able to come out ahead followed by Annis, Tillema, and Terry respectively. Kimball went on to win this race, while Terry finished in 4th.
Overall, Kimball was this years’ regatta winner with the team of Rob and Jules Terry finishing a close second. Many thanks go out to the Lake Eustis Sailing club for hosting an outstanding event. Ray Laguna, regatta chair, and his team of volunteers did a fantastic job putting on a first class event.
TOP FIVE OVERALL
- Jamie Kimball (ZMAX)
- Rob Terry (ZAP)
- Scott Tillema (ZMAX)
- George Scarborough (ZAP)
- Mark Marenokas (Partial)
Top Master - Rob Terry (ZAP)
Top Grandmaster - Lenny Krawcheck (ZMAX)
Top Mega Master - Jim Hoffman
Top Woman - June Howells (ZMAX)
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