|Hetzler Breaks Tie with Race Win; Simons Win Tight Battle in last race
Boats to bed and anticipation was high. Sailors had a later start, thanks to RC, but the best wind of the day was when we all arrived. The wind diminished as the juniors took to the "big lake" and the seniors went to the right from the club. A change was not calming for the juniors as start after start, flag after flag went up. The threat of a black flag was alleviated by some time to breathe, lengthening the line, moving the fleet farther away from shore --- and a Z flag and they're off.
The junior fleet was jittery as it was for all the marbles. Just think about the tight senior race.
Seniors - 1-2-3. The three caught in a tie finished in a race for the finish. So here you go --- Hetzler, Petersen and Navin. What a regatta!
The juniors had four breakaways and Meta and Fritz Simon were not in the group. She and Owen Harrod and Henry Seum were in their own fight for the win BUT they could not veer too far from the front as Suzanne Ackley/Julia Janssen and Ellie Harned/Stella Marban were in the front four. The race trophy was presented to Jonah Boykin and Chandler Jarecki.
On shore pull out was efficient, lunch fast and off to trophies we went .
Delavan Commodore Jack Markwick congratulated chairs Tina Hetzler and Renee Clair on a spectacular job. Flawless delivery from the spectators' vantage point. This piece of property is conducive to sheer enjoyment. There is space for all.
Kate Goes Sportsmanship Awards
Dr. Tom Hodgson presented senior sailor Gloria Tornehl for assuring the safety of another boat.
Anna Regan of the junior fleet was singled out for retiring after finishing for an infringement of the rules. Anna, one of the smallest tykes and most inexperienced sailors, missed an offset and honestly came to retire. Hodgson noted the honesty that mimicks Buddy Melges or Peter Barrett who had much, much more to lose when they retired from high level regattas.
And here we go:
A final thanks to RC for an incredible set of eight races per fleet. PROs Mark Tesar and Chip Mann are to be commended along with their teams. The jury was unfortunately busy so thanks to Tom Hodgson, Susie Pegel and David Porter. To all the Delavan volunteers (and especially the editor's boat driver, Joe Fenton), you gave so much - thanks.
While we wish we could promise Delavan a rest, they proceed today to the ILYA Optimist Championships.