|Hats off with Respect to Delavan Yacht Club for a Flawless Event
Photos by Delavan's Larry Kmiecik
Our first mention has to be to the chairs and Delavan club members for the X and Opti event. The year of planning was executed without incident or stress. From the announcement at last year's championships, Renee Clair and Tina Hetzler have maneuvered through over 3000 meals, 200+ sailboats, 300 cars, 30+ ribs for instructors and uncountable questions to host this year's event. The volunteers were repeat faces or new faces each day. Old time friends appeared out of the woodwork - haven't seen some of these folks in over ten years but they returned to serve all of us. This is a year of work for a club. Just the storage for the food and trophies, signage in all areas of the yacht club and surrounding region, publication of operations and social activities is a labor of love for our sailors. The needs of race committee is a monumental task. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts, Delavan.
PRO Mark Prange and his team attempted a sixth race in the AM but a 120 degree shift in the wind prompted an abandon and near four hour wait -- of course, lunch and fun filled the time. The fleet returned to the water at 2:00 for the sixth racing allowing a throwout in the scores. Here are your champs.
Ellie Harned wins the Allen Top Female Trophy for the third year. What made this year so special was the return of Lindsey Allen, whose family donated the trophy to commemorate the memory of a daughter and also the sailing prowess of Lindsey. This is emblematic of the generosity of one special Inland trophy, one extraordinary family and the close family ties we share as on the left is Green Fleet PRO Candace Porter whose girls sailed with the Allens, won this trophy and continue to share on-the-water experiences with this family. We are a special family of sailing friends, indeed. Winning one of our awards is so much more than the physical award. It is renewing our traditions and memories.
The early morning breeze was a bit kinder to the Green Fleet. Just as the last boat was finishing, the wind shift appeared. The fleet waited out on the water until noon and the regatta was called at that time. Loads of fun on shore on Delavan's perfect property. The Green Fleet RC used local personnel so thanks to Jack and Janet Markwick, Greg Gifford, Joel Sperling, Josh Funderburg and ace boat driver Joe Fenton.
To the parents, your children are amazing - brave, resilient and most teachable. If there were true sportsmen at this event, it was the Green Fleet. Coaches and RC concentrated on emphasizing rules and penalties associated with those rules. May they keep their sense of "clean" racing as they proceed up the ladder. Such wonderful displays of sportsmanship - we handed out three Kate Goes awards to Finn Thompson, Finley Nyhus and Catherine Bransfield. And thanks also to Nathan Kamath for his honesty.