2008 Black Tie - Rush Creek Yacht Club
20 April 2008
North C Scow Sails Win!!
For the second weekend in a row, North Sails have dominated the C Scow class. Last weekend it was the Black Tie in Dallas, TX where 20 boats sailed for this years’ regatta. North Sails won 5 of 6 races! Jamie and Rob Kimball won 4 races to ultimately win the event with their new I-1 Gold mainsail and 2008 model C Scow. North Sails were also used by Mark Frashier, Lance Avery, and Frank Davenport placing 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
This weekend North Sails had another stellar performance at the annual spring regatta in Springfield, IL. 20 boats came to the event. North Sails won every race!! 3 races were sailed in puffy wind conditions ranging from 10-20 on Saturday. Jamie and Rob Kimball won all three races of the day choosing to go with their North Harecut + mainsail. Jon Martin and Austin Chamberlain also sailed well on this day placing them in 2nd place after 3.
Sunday the wind conditions were ideal ranging from 10-18. With the winds blowing the length of the lake, a long windward-leeward course was set by the race committee. This race saw Jon Martin and John McNeil jump out to an early lead. McNeil lead up the left side, while Martin lead on the right. Kimball rounded out the top three and battled to remain close.
Up the next beat Kimball was able to pass both Martin and McNeil to put him in front. Jamie and Rob Kimball fought these two off into the finish to win the 4th and final race of the weekend. North sails were used by 4 of the top five finishers!
- Jamie Kimball N/S
- Jon Martin N/S (partial)
- John McNeil N/S
- Joe Schaub
- Mark Frashier N/S (partial
Up next is the Icebreaker in Cedar, IN. This annual regatta is a staple in the C Scow fall circuit. North Sails and Melges Performance Sailboats will be there for sales, service, and support. Don’t miss out!!
Black Tie Day 2 Brings Lead Changes
Three great races were sailed on the second day of the annual Black Tie Regatta. With one race to go, Jeff Grinnan leads the MC class by 2 pts., and the Kimball brothers lead the C class by 4 pts. The new day brought blue bird conditions to the Lake Ray Hubbard as 8-15 knots of air and temps in the mid 70s to low 80s greeted the teams.
The day started off with a nice 10 knot southerly. The key to races 1 and 2 was protecting the right side. Yesterday’s lumpy conditions gave way to flat water which put a priority on speed and staying in pressure. In the MC class, Kelli Farrar and crew did a great job and took the gun in race 1; while Scott Slocum, a local Texan, sailed a great race to win race two of the morning. In the C class, the Kimball brothers won the first two races of the day. Always hedging right, they were able to keep the competition behind. The right saw better pressure and angles throughout the morning.
In the afternoon, the Farrars were back on their game. This time it was Brad though. Brad led the MC class all the way around the course. Never letting up for a second, he worked hard upwind and down to take the final race of the day. Jeff Grinnan put three solid finishes together; thus setting himself atop the fleet, 2 pts. ahead of Eric Oppen.
Race 5 in the C class saw Team Helms , brothers Scott and Charlie, win by a land slide. Team Helms owned the afternoon in the C class. They protected the right every leg, and sailed the entire race in good pressure while other teams struggled to find the breeze. Mark Frasier also demonstrated his uncanny knack for finding the right breeze and putting his bow down and making it count as he finished 3rd in the final race of the day. The Kimball brothers snuck in a 2nd to finish the day with a 1, 1, & 2.
Tonight, as always, the RCYC is putting on a show for the teams with a great dinner and band planned. Stay tuned to www.melges.com for the latest updates.
Rush Creek Yacht Club pulled out the red carpet again for the Black Tie Regatta. Known for the hospitality, race management, and excellent big air conditions, the Rush Creek YC didn’t disappoint. The yacht club was abuzz this morning with competitors racing to gather their gear and get their programs ready for the anticipated “Texas 15.” The “Texas 15” didn’t disappoint, as a 12-20+knt breeze pleasured the sailors all day. 2 races were sailed today in each division.
In the C class, Team Hager, Kent Hager and Mike Greeson, had their heads out of their boat and called every shift to finish with a 2, 1. Race one wasn’t decided until the last 200 yards when a big lefty came in. Brian Tillema called the shift right to finish 2nd behind Team Hager. Frank Davenport dug back throughout the race to finish a solid 3rd. The MC class’s Larry Jensen won a hard fought race over Pat Flood.
Race 2 was a repeat of the “Texas 15.” Wiley Pollard sailed a great race, winning by a land slide. After an unfortunate encounter in race 1, Scott Slocum followed Wiley into the finish. Wiley leads the MC fleet by 2 points over Larry Jensen. In the C class, the Kimball brothers lead at every mark and eventually went on to win race 2. Kent Hager finished 2nd and was followed by from Gregg Claggett and Lance Avery.
After day 1, Hager leads the Kimball brothers by 4 in the C class, and Wiley Pollard leads the MC class by 2 points over Larry Jensen. Stay tuned for more results.
2008 Black Tie
After a major storm rolled through Dallas, TX last night, MC and C scows are ready to race on Lake Ray Hubbard. Around 25 MC scows and 20 C scows are expected to compete for this years’ coveted Black Tie. Racing begins today at 1:30 PM sharp. In the MC fleet, Scott Slocum and Eric Oppen are really gunning for the title. Look for these two to be at the top of the leader board come Sunday.
The C scow title is up for grabs. The Avery contingent including Steve, Fletch, Lance, and Max from Okoboji, IA will undoubtedly leave their mark. Kent Haeger, multiple Blue Chip champion, will also be tough. Manageable winds are expected from the WNW ranging from 10-15 mph. A Texas drifter! The weather looks great for the weekend with temperatures ranging from 60-80 degrees and sunshine. Stay tuned for updates and results.