Record Eight Wins for Steve Schmidt

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8 August 2016

Report by Cody Ziegler – A whopping 77 C boats sailed in the WYA regatta hosted by the Pewaukee Yacht Club. Every member yacht club with an active C fleet was represented- what an incredible fleet! Winds were light to medium for most of the weekend, and presented challenging conditions but the best sailors still came out on top.

The format of the regatta was modified to sail back-to-back races starting on Friday afternoon. A northerly breeze made for short track racing and a really tight fleet. Will Haeger and Ben Porter won the first race of the regatta, which was obviously "for the boys". Steve and John Schmidt won the second race.

Saturday brought similar wind conditions to Friday. It was also "Team Costume/Uniform Day." It was a sight to see sailors in lederhosen, togas, Hawaiian shirts and many team matching colors. Patrick Egan and Linnea Rock won the costume award for their togas. Tom and Hayden Frentzel won the third race, and sailors had a break for lunch. Saturday afternoon's race was won by Ed Eckert and Matt Schmidt. Sailors met back at the yacht club for a delightful BBQ, drinks, and dancing.

One race scheduled for Sunday came with an east wind, allowing the race committee to stretch the course from the previous races. Peter Keck sailing with brother Dan Keck took the win for the final race.

PRO Larry Krause and team did an excellent job setting courses for the large fleet and adjusting them as needed. The Z flag was needed for a few starts with some sailors taking penalties. Also thanks to the PYC, staff and volunteers for putting on a great event.

Top 10
1) E-88: Steve Schmidt and John Schmidt
2) B-18: Brian Brickler and Kevin Brickler
3) N-181: Peter Keck and Dan Keck
4) V-70: Tom Frentzel and Hayden Frentzel
5) B-217: Joe Sko and Anne Muller
6) V-45: Andy Burdick and Mya Burdick
7) B-1: Will Haeger and Ben Porter
8) A-136: Ed Eckert and Matt Schmidt
9) A-14: Paul Reilly and Matt Pistay
10) V-222: Bob Biwer and Becky Biwer

Full results here:

Editor's note - Eight victories by Steve Schmidt is not insignificant despite Steve's routine victories. Consistency is his secret. Each race finish he is fighting for the win up to the last tack. Each boat behind him has come due to concentration and effort. Many national and ILYA Champs are competing in this fleet - no cakewalk. Schmidt accompanies his father with the most WYA wins. He has surpassed his father's six victories in the past two years. It is an uncharted accomplishment!