Jack Strothaman Wins A Scow I.L.Y.A. Open Invitational Regatta At White Bear Yacht Club
20 July 2008
As published by Scowlines, article by Lee Alnes - Fourteen boats assembled at White Bear this weekend to compete for the ILYA Class A Open Invitational. The event drew competitors from White Bear, Minnetonka, Calhoun, Clear, and Oshkosh. The experimental V38 boat, sailing but not scored, proved again it is faster than an A Scow around a race course.
Two races were completed in winds of 0 to 6 knots, providing very challenging conditions for competitors. Home lake knowledge paid off in Race 1 for the White Bear womens’ team (W-11) led by Kathy Sanville and Patty Zak Newell. They captured their first regatta win by keeping their wits and sailing smartly through the slot between the Peninsula and the Island. Staying left both times to windward paid off big for them and brought home the victory.
Winds died to zero by the end of race one and PRO Hodgson sent the teams in to shore to wait. Race 2 got underway after 3 pm, again in very light shifty conditions. This time, David Willette from Minnetonka took top honors and leads the event going into day 2. Jack Strothman put together two very consistent races with a couple of seconds and is tied with Willette.
The top five is hotly contested with only a few points separating first and fifth.
The day was capped with a special evening to remember hosted at Beverly and Fletcher Driscoll’s beautiful Dellwood home. The Driscoll family hospitality and generosity is second to none and all in attendance had a fabulous time! A spectacular sunset over the water was trumped only by the full moon rise minutes later.
Race 3 got underway at 10 am Saturday with breezes in the 5 - 8 knot range out of the Southeast. A long Windward 2 course was set from the Yacht Club bay to the south end of the lake through the slot between the Island and the Peninsula (opposite direction as yesterday). David Willette got off to an early lead and held on to take the gun, but not before the wind directions changed a few times prompting PRO Tom Hodgson and his able team to make a couple course changes. The second shift was major enough to move the leeward mark over to the the boat works bay for the downwind finish.
Willette finished well ahead while Jack Strothman, Lee Alnes, Blair Jenness and Hod Irvine drag raced into the finish line for an exciting downwind photo finish. Strothman captured second place followed by Alnes and Jenness.
As severe weather was predicted, the Race Committee wasted no time getting Race 4 underway in the East / Southeast breeze that had built to 8 - 12 knots. A Windward 3+ course was set. A clean start saw the fleet split almost evenly to each side of the lake, with the left side paying off slightly better by the windward mark. The first few boats sailed quite closely, even giving the experimental V38 boat some fits now and then. Jack Strothman's "Animal House" Team did a masterful job, leading most the way and holding off a last minute rush for the finish line to win by half a boat length. Lee Alnes was second, followed by Jason Brown.
Everyone was safely off the water well before the afternoon storms and rain squalls rolled in, leaving time for a much needed nap (recovery from the Driscoll Party!) and preparing to dine at the famous buffet dinner in the WBYC dining room.