Final Day at Okoboji Today with Light Wind Forecasted

30 July 2016

Photos by David Thoreson

Here's the view for PRO Tesar at a start. Fifty-six boats clamoring for a clean lane on this beautiful, large body of water. And start we all did! Seven races completed for both fleets. The morning was a light near stop-and-go day but the afternoon wind was steady with a slight change in direction necessitating a change of course on the junior course. 

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An overhead shot of Kyle Navin/Mya Burdick winning the first race by a margin. Okoboji has hired a drone to capture the essence of the event.

Race two was won by the current leader Christian Spencer who has a throw-out of a nine. He has sailed a most consistent, marvelous event with one race left.

Henry Rolander/Joey Plummer have won races 4 and 8 (Race three was abandoned and will be sailed today)

Harry Melges and Finn Burdick are all smiles after race #5 win.

Finn and Annie Rowe took race #6 and Alby and Trainer Rolfs won #7.

 (Thoreson photo) -- The seniors as they begin upwind yesterday. 

And just in case your day was not as expected, PRO Mann had a little difficulty with his rig.

It was a Cedar day all around yesterday. They started the day with first-year skipper Brittany Shabino/Sam Eckert in second. She has impressed the crowd with most consistent top ten finishes. Not to be outdone by younger sister Sam, Abby Eckert/Kate Sprinkman won the first race of the day yesterday. 

But look at the Cedar race 5 finishes - 1-6-7-9! 

Then A-25 was leading the next race for several roundings! Cedar can always be heard at the finish with cowbells and cheers from first finisher to last. 

Chapman Petersen/ Caroline Holland won race #6

... while Abe Weston/Meredith Weston took the last horn of the day. 

Quinn Harris/Matt Kandziora have led a number of mark roundings. He has sailed beautifully all regatta. A marvelous performance by Red Tornehl/Adam Biwer who as V-511 is always visible on the course and always there. Nathan Hetzler/Ian McClenathan has a new name - #4! Three fourths in a row in a "can you believe it?" last two weekends of spectacular sailing. There is a 10 point jump between 4th and 5th overall in this fleet. Just fine, fine sailing by our younger helmsmen.  

Lastly, there was an incident on the water with a couple minor injuries. The most impressive aspect was the immediate reaction by two physicians on the water - Dr. David Strothman and Dr. Dave Cullinane. The respect from the crowd, the concern by all, the fast, professional manner of the paramedic squad who arrived allowed the best possible outcome. Fortunately, the parties involved returned later in the evening so the crowd's concerns were allayed. As the editor looks back on yesterday, the sailing paled in contrast to the immediate action by those involved. It was one brief reminder (with a good outcome) of the real significance of all the trusted friendships we have amongst us. Parents entrusting young sailors and young adults to the care of those in the Inland and knowing the hands are always there to care as if we are all one family.


Photo by David Thoreson