Both fleets tried for two races today but it was not to be. In what started as 10-12 steady soon vanished as race two began.
The C's were led all race by John Dennis with Eric Oppen as crew. Top contenders in race one were Billy Madden, Jim Gluek, Mark Prange and the sleeper Frank Davenport who lasted the longest on the right side. While Gluek and Dennis fought for the the lead on the port side, Frank with crew Ron Jarecki took the gun. Results here
Over on the MC side, Okoboji's Steve Everist started well and never looked back. Proclaiming, "I've never beaten Andy Burdick in a race," Everist was a happy man all day. Rick Trester, Andy Burdick, Jessica Haverstock and Kelli Farrar all had a great race. Last year's winner Bill Colburn is sitting in fourth so watch out! Results here
PRO's Chip Mann and Phil Petersen struggled with opening shifty winds and then late change in direction requiring mark changes. It was tough work for the four boats on each course.
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Here are photos from JH Peterson:
Action at the mark - Jim Gluek leads this pack.
"We may need to tack"
Those of you who know Jeff Butzer recognize his Smart Car at all the events. But here is his version of a Smart Boat. This may look spacious enough here but add three buoys, anchors and it was the "hydro" version of Butzer on land. This boat does not come with the wind accessory included.