Jim Gluek Wins 2012 MC Midwinters Championship

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18 March 2012

Well after a long five hour wait today we finally got in a third light air race to have an official championship in place. As most of you know we had 6 scheduled over the three days for the Midwinter Championship but we had a huge high pressure system park over central Florida. No "Crazy Ivans" (90 degree shifts) as in the first two races. Today we held it down to about 20-30 degree shifts but it was fair racing as you could always see things coming at you.

Five sailors really stayed focused during this extremely challenging series and were always up at the front. So whether you say it was fluky Crazy Ivan racing or not they hung in there every race. So really the only thing you can say we learned from a tactical perspective was that in all three starts the winners emerged together from the same zones. So it was clear to them that this was the place to start. Then after that it was simply staying in dark water or as I say often in training when sailing light air "velocity rules over direction". Go for the dark water when there are big holes or try to position yourself for the dark water so it intercepts you.

Jim Gluek from Pewaukee Yacht Club in Wisconsin won the 79 boat regatta with a crazy low score of 6 points. Jim was also top Master.

Ted Keller from Torch Lake Yacht Club in northern Michigan had 16 points and was the top Under 50 sailor.

Terry Mestan from Big Cedar, Wisconsin put together a great regatta with 22 points and was our top Grand Master.

Dan Fink our class president from Pine Lake , WI. was consistent, collected 26 points and survived all the crazy shifts.

Clark Wade from Hoover Sailing Club in Columbus, OH sailed very well finishing with 28 points

Others in order for the top 20 – Scott Harestad, Richard Blake, Craig Eaton, Rob Terry, Pete Gregory, Drew Ziegler, Skip Moorhouse, Bob Cole, Al Haeger, Tim Fredman, Byron Beasley, Pete Japiske, Eric Hood, Ham Morgan, Jon Pomerleau.

Top Youth was Ham Morgan with Anders Hudson 2nd. Top Woman was Trish Keenan End and her sister Candi Robb finished 2nd in that category.

Full results will be posted on www.mcscow.org shortly along with the complete regatta reports.

A ton of great volunteer efforts this week and some new volunteer models surfaced that are pretty cool. As I mentioned in yesterdays report that three other yacht clubs not from Florida hosted significant portions of this big championship. The parties were fantastic, quality time with friends was in abundance with all the shore time. Sometimes that is a gift and it certainly felt that way this week with all the sailors having great community time with each other.

Big thanks to Scott Tillema, the Dave Williams family and a cast of many others for making it a great week from the start with Zenda U to the finish of racing today. It was 6 good days with 79 MC teams a new Midwinters record.

Sign up for the National Championship now and you really want to get your housing squared away now for this incredibly cool regatta coming this August. That is my old home lake and I know the gang is pulling out all the stops to make it a historic event .

See you on the course somewhere soon.
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