Best Breeze Of The Regatta Serves Up Two Races On Final Day Of Bayview One Design Regatta, As Kevin Welch And His “Mikey” Team Of Jeff Madrigalli, Ian Sloan, Joy Sloan, and Bryn Bachman Take The Title.
2 June 2014
Article courtesy of Sam Rogers - Despite a promising forecast for SW breeze, the wind was lacking off of Lake St. Claire on the final day of racing which allowed the fleet to take a breath, kick up their heels and enjoy a fine Midwest summer morning.
Once to the racing area, several teams dropped anchor, rafted up each other and swapped stories from a great party at BYC the evening prior. Just as thoughts turned to de-rigging and catching flights, a solid southerly breeze began to fill on the Canadian shoreline (Yes, the Canada is to the South in Detroit), the RC wasted no time in getting a race course assembled for a start around noon.
Continuing their trend of stellar starts, Kevin Welch and his Mikey team punched out midline and got bow out to fresh breeze on the left side of the course. Unlike the previous few days, big shifts and velocity changes rolled down the course leaving many teams with a “hero to zero” type of day. It was very important to be patient on each side of the course and chasing shifts often resulted in being out of phase and in the back of the pack. Mikey was able to round in the top group, along with Zig Zag, Mojo and Fred Rozelle and his team on Rustler who played the right side nicely.
After recovering from a tough start, a hard charging Monsoon team with longtime owner Bruce Ayers made the biggest gains of the regatta, catching fire on the final lap to string together some nice shifts and take the bullet. It often seemed being just behind the front pack was sometimes advantageous as there was a better view of the shifts and pressure rolling down the course that the leaders could not get to, and the Monsoon team played this well in race 6. Just behind Monsoon was Marty Jensen on Zig Zag, and Rustler.
Wasting no time, the final race of the event was started before the time limit. Steve Boho and his team found their form, which allowed them to win the Muskegeon Spring Regatta, to take the bullet in the final race. In another race that saw big lead changes, Boho, Welch and Dan Berezin from the Mimico Cruising Club in Ontario Canada rounded out the top 3 in race 7.
As suspected from their very hot start, Kevin Welch with Jeff Madrigalli, Ian Sloan, Joy Sloan and Bryn Bachman sailed an amazing event to take the win. With several regional events throughout the summer in the US and Canada, the Melges 24 is primed for a strong turnout at the US Nationals in Davis Island, FL, this coming November. Melges 24 Owners are encouraged to get their plans organized early and attend what will be a great event.
Many thanks to Paul Hulsey and his legion of volunteers from Bayview Yacht Club for an amazing event under stellar weather conditions.
TOP FIVE RESULTS (After 7 races)
1.) Kevin Welch, Mikey; 1-1-1-1-2-5-2= 13 pts
2.) Bruce Ayres; Monsoon; 2-2-3-10-5-1-7= 30 pts
3.) Marty Jensen; ZigZag; 6-3-14-2-12-2-6= 45 pts
4.) August Hernandez; High Voltage; 10-12-4-5-1-7-10= 49 pts
5.) Thomas Ritter; Tramp; 3-9-5-6-4-10-14= 51 pts
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