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Volume 8, Issue 57

 August 13, 2013

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Regattas / Calendar

August

11-13 ILYA A champs; Regis. 8/10
15-17 ILYA E/MC champs; Regis. 8/14  Housing options 
13-17 US Sailing Youth Champs - Corpus Christi
22-24 M17 Nats - Lake Geneva

 

September

6-8 E Nats - Lake Geneva

7-8 Max C Fall=-Maxinkuckee, IN 
7-8 MC Team Nat's-Clear Lake, IA
13-15 I-20 Nat'ls -Fond du Lac
14-15 Blue Chip--Okauchee, WI

      Fenton C Fall Lake Fenton, MI

21-22 C Challenge-Lake Beulah,WI
21-22 MC Blue Chip-Spring Lake, MI
28-29 Lotawana C-Missouri YC, MO
     Polar Bear--Lake Davenport, IA
 
October
5-6 C Worlds--Delavan, WI
  

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Four Down and Two to Go - A's Finish Tuesday

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On a near-perfect day, the A champs is guaranteed to be in the books with the completion of four races. Unfortunately, the fourth race finish disallowed a third race on Monday due to RC recommendations submitted by the fleet. It was midwind conditions and steady with only one mark change. Favored wind sides required strategy. Two past Inland Champs took the race wins today. The Blanchard/Burdick boat owned the first race with a challenge from the I-7. T Freytag may be able to boast the youngest crew of Griffin Rolander on mainsheet, Coye Harrett at #1, Nathan and Allie Freytag and this year's senior X Champ Will Huerth. But surprise return to the boat is Billy Freytag who noted he is the "age on the boat".

Race two was a bit more interesting with the lead changing from I-1 to M-1. Burdick sailed to a second to assume the lead for the regatta. Pat Hughes with Harry Melges, loads of Jewetts and an Andert on board had a solid 3-3 day.

Of note is the wooden A helmed by Steve Johnson. The boat is solidly fast upwind. It is a marvel to see a 1963 (yes. that's 50 years) wooden A on the waters of Okoboji. 

 To view local TV coverage, click here.

 

The I-28, Blanchard/Burdick, wins race one on Monday.

Rob Evans and his team take the second race.  

Fleet results:

1

I

28

BLANCHARD / BURDICK

4

2

1

2

9

2

M

21

PATRICK HUGHES

1

6

3

3

13

3

I

7

T FREYTAG

2

4

2

6

14

4

I

1

ANDERSON / PORTER

8

1

4

4

17

5

M

2

JOHN DENNIS

3

3

9

7

22

6

I

55

MIKE KEEFE

6

5

6

10

27

7

M

1

ROB EVANS

7

8

13

1

29

8

I

96

CHUCK LAMPHERE

5

10

12

5

32

9

M

8

TOM BURTON

11

7

8

9

35

10

V

999

KLAUSER / HAINES

10

9

10

11

40

11

W

25

LEE ALNES

12

12

5

13

42

12

M

10

JACK STROTHMAN

9

11

7

15

42

13

W

88

LOUIS HILL

14

13

11

8

46

14

M

64

JONATHAN McDONAGH

13

14

14

14

55

15

W

7

STEVE JOHNSON

15

15

15

12

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 Thanks to local Okoboji RC members who are assisting with the event: C scows - Tom Thorton, Joyce Eubanks, Stuart Potter, Mike Hoyt, Steve Rose and Perry Pearson.

A Scows - Trusty Tom Thorton, Nancy Kennedy (a Florida transplant), Perry Pearson, Mike Hoyt, Tom Ruttan and Forrest Douglas. 

Top Ten A Scow Reasons to Love Okoboji    

10 - Pork chops with your fingers. It was a great county fair theme LARGE party complete with a bus decked out as a pig. Pork chops grilled over corn cobs - have you ever seen that?

9 - Perfect wind conditions for 'Boji on day 2

8 - Watching a 50-year old boat move upwind with this great fleet.

This boat is one of 11 on White Bear. Most are on Fletcher Driscoll's property in a most picturesque setting. The boats are gently restored in the winter months in a well-appointed work building which is a marvel even to the women who view it. The sail loft is most impressive.

7 - The matching gear on the teams. This topic made us recall the old Lou Morgan boat who wore rainbow colors in order front to back.

6 - Speaking of matching. . . race committee donned wild Hawaiian gear on Monday. It added a bit of fun to the usually stuffy attire. Really? Khaki and white for ten days?

5 - Team dinners - wherever you go, you will find tables of 7-13 folks gathered to recall the day's events. More tacks, more gybes, more "we almost had". The restaurants in Okoboji have been exceptional. Just ask the locals and they lead you to good eats. 

4 - Wrist bands which get you into the local establishments without a cover charge. LOW cost drinks. Wisconsinites are in shock!

3 -  Imagine a floating, MOVING barge with a crane to launch the boats. Then imagine a sailor on the deck during the process. Can you guess how we all held our breath until the boat hit the surface? The barge returns today for haul out. Okoboji has organized this like a well-choreographed ballet.

2 - Race Committee work. QUICK transitions between races. Dr. Tom has been at his best. Frequent trips around points to determine if wind conditions are improved over the present setup. Plentiful communication with the fleet to indicate RC's intent.

1 - OKOBOJI HOSPITALITY, OKOBOJI'S LOVE OF THE A FLEET  (more spectator boats than imaginable), OKOBOJI'S EFFORT TO MAKE THIS THE BEST POSSIBLE, OKOBOJI FRIENDLINESS - THEY ALL COME TO SUPPORT THE A'S. IT'S BEEN THE BEST!

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Editor: Candace Porter
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