2015 E-Scow Geneva Spring Regatta - Day One
9 May 2015
It was an overcast day with cool temperatures on the water. The 8-10 mph breeze started out of the NE and slowly swung to the right before settling in from the east after the second race where it held direction as it faded in speed on the last two legs of the last race. Still with 5-6mph at the finish to make for a great day for the first races of the year.
The day belonged to Peter Strothman and team winning the first and last races. The first race got off at 10:45 with boats from the right and left sides shuffled like a deck of cards as they rounded the first mark. Brian Porter (I-49 lead with Peter Strothman (I-9), Vincent Porter (I-2), Augie Barkow (V-37), Jaimie Kimball (G-7), and Harry4 Melges (I-1) - all in a close battle. As you can see from the results there were a few lead changes among that group at the finish with Brian losing the most as he fell to fourth. T Freytag (I-7) moved up through the fleet better than anyone, after a poor first leg to finish 7th. The race lasted 57 minutes.
The second race, 4 legs instead of six, saw the fleet split sides again but the boats from the left had the advantage at the first mark as the boats from the right struggled in slightly less wind this time. Jaime Kimball (G-7) had great speed as he and Brian Porter were in a drag race from the left, which had Brian Porter wishing he had lost a few pounds over the winter - the lighter G-7 team had the edge. Harry4 (I-1) was second around followed by Brian (I-49), Lon Schoor (H-7), Augie Barkow (V-37), and Strothman (I-9). Harry4 rocketed downwind and easily led at all the remaining marks. Brian showed that once in awhile age and cunning can win out and passed the faster Jaime - they were second and third followed by Schoor (H-7), Scott Ripkey (I-101), and Strothman (I-9). Ripkey had a great race considering he had to work through the fleet and pass 11 boats to get a 5th. The race lasted 40 minutes.
The third race of the day had the fleet pretty spread out by the end of the race, a clear case of the rich getting richer as speed was the best strategy and staying in the best winds since it did get a little patchy in places compared to the first two races. It was a 5 leg race that lasted an hour for the leaders. Strothman (I-9) jumped out to the lead and started to pull away with T-Freytag (I-7) in pursuit. Wheeler Morris (W-41) and Schoor (H-7) were holding their own in third and fourth place and there was a slight gap to the next group of boats Phil Zalog (H-88), Chris Jewett (M-3), Ripkey (I-101), Kimball (G-7). Jim Gluek (X-751) may have had the best race as he moved up from 10th to 4th at the finish. It was one of those races where recovering from a bad start was at most going to move you up 5-7 places as the breeze slowly faded during the race. Isn't that right Brian.