Jewett Wins 2014 E Scow Spring Regatta
19 May 2014
After two days of absolutely perfect racing conditions, Chris Jewett (M-3) with his team of Harry Melges and Pat Hughes, win the 2014 Lake Geneva Spring Regatta with just 16 points.
Chris going upwind in his new Melges E-Scow showing what winning trim looks like. I guess Harry must think looking around is more important than hiking - good thing Pat Hughes was doing more than his fair share!
This years Geneva Spring regatta had a number of new faces - So exciting for the class to see the enthusiasm and excitement they are bringing to our fleet. It is no surprise to see seasoned E-Scow sailors the likes of Jewett, Barkow, Brian and Vincent Porter, Bonanni, and Strothman in the top of the standing.
However, some new faces will be challenging them as the season progresses. Tim Krech and Ben Burgum partnered up to buy an E-Scow we'll know as M-20, Iceburg. A 7th place finish in their first E-Scow regatta is a statement. Tim is an ILYA Championship C-Scow sailor - welcome to the E-Fleet. Coye Harrett (SL-41) is a talented young sailor with tons of success in all the scow classes as crew and as skipper in the Melges 17. His third place in race #4 says it all. Jake Erdman (WH-54) is another young sailor making a big move to a new Melges E-Scow from the MC Fleet. Jake is a winning MC sailor and surely will be repeating that success in the E-Scow as he gets more comfortable in the boat. Some White Bear sailors have partnered in an E-Scow that they will be sailing on Minnetonka this summer - watch for Danielle Lindeman & Ryan Drake (M-101). They are both young sailors with racing backgrounds, and I presume they now both live closer to Minnetonka and that's the reason for the lake switch. Mendota has a couple of new boats this year that can claim the Geneva Spring Regatta to be their first E regatta. The "College Kids", former UW Sailing Team members, are Phil Morley, Brendan Boylan, and Andrew Fox (H-3, Shiva). They partnered in a boat and plan to attend many E-regattas this summer. This was their first time racing the E and showed some real promise in the third race to stay ahead of a majority of the boats, including some winning skippers - watch out Toby Sutherland (GL-7), Mark Jordan (I-14), Matt Peterson (V-27)! Erik Kerlow (H-73) bought a boat after he gained some experience last year in a boat he leased from the Mendota Yacht Club E-Fleet (That will be another article at a later date). Eric has a number of Wisconsin sailing team members crewing for him this summer. Eric is coming to the E-scow from a Tartan10, but he's also had some dingy experience. He will be a great addition to the fleet bring some enthusiasm and new ideas to make the Mendota E-fleet even more fun - if that is even possible!
Sunday's racing was much like Saturday except the wind was SW and a little stronger. Most boats took a couple of turns on their uppers and a turn or two on the lowers and maybe even dropped the mast the slightest of bit back. Pre-race radio chatter by the RC was saying puffs to 20, and that was enough to make some necessary tuning changes. Augie Barkow got off strong and with 775 pounds on the rail was driving fast upwind. Augie headed on port toward the point on the north shore and then hooked into a nice starboard slant into the the first mark. Vincent Porter (I-2) was next, followed by Coye Harrett (SL-41) Matt Peterson (V-27), David Strothman (M-10), Brian Porter (I-49), and Tim Krech (M-20). Most boats followed the south shoreline downwind and jibed near the lay line for the leeward mark. By the next upwind the deck had shuffled a little - Barkow kept the lead, Chris Jewett was second (he was 14th at the first mark), and Coye Harrett slipped past Vincent Porter who was followed by Brian Porter , John Dennis (M-43), and Peterson. Next was Ken Wruk (I-71) who came out of nowhere since he was mid twenties at the first mark. Barkow held the lead to the downwind finish, Harrett passed Jewett and they were followed by Vincent Porter, Dennis, Brian Porter, Wruk, and Peterson.
In the second race of the day the wind was less and so were the gusts, but still absolutely great racing conditions. The fleet took a long starboard off the line and were greeted with a nice south shore lift on port tack into the first mark. Wish I had thought of that! Barkow again lead the way with Jewett, Peterson, Krech, Brian Porter, and Jeff Bonanni (T-73) in the chase. This time down the boats that jibed earlier faired better while some got stuck on the south shore and didn't have a good slant back to the leeward mark. Barkow and Peterson slipped back a little while Jewett, Brian Porter, Vincent Porter, and Mark Jordan (I-14) moved up. On the last downwind to the finish Jewett kept the lead followed by Brian Porter, Jordan (passing two boats), Krech (also passing two), Vincent Porter (losing two, but passing one), Peter Strothman (passing one), and Barkow (losing four).
For the final results, Jewett expanded his points lead, Jeff Bonanni (T-73) dropped from second to fifth place (with last day finishes of 13 and 12), Lon Schoor (H-7) dropped one place to finish fourth (last day finished of 9 and 13), and Barkow moved up to second (last day finishes of 1 and 7) and Brian Porter (last day finishes of 6 and 2) moved up to third place overall. After two days of absolutely perfect racing conditions, Chris Jewett (M-3) with his team of Harry Melges and Pat Hughes, win the 2014 Lake Geneva Spring Regatta with just 16 points.