W.M.Y.A. Regatta Gets Underway!
7 August 2009
Article courtesy of Coye Harrett - Torch Lake Yacht Club is hosting the 80th Western Michigan Yachting Association's annual championship regatta, and they are off to a great start with a nice sunny day and solid breeze. The E boats had the first time slot today with a 10 AM start, unfortunately the wind was out of the wrong direction at the start and halfway up the first leg the wind started to clock 180 degrees (to come out of the predicted NW). Art Brereton edged out Brett Hatton by less than a quarter boat length, in third was Pete Price.
The MC's race started at 12:20 PM which was just when the fresh NW breeze was filling down at about 7-12 MPH. The West shore seemed to the best as the wind would hit the water first and the port angles coming into the mark. At the finish it was Jamie Kimball first, Brien Fox, and then Ted Keller. The MC's have two races tomorrow that will help shape the regatta standings.
In the afternoon then C's and Melges 17's shared the race course for their back to back races. For the first race, the breeze held at a steady 7-11 MPH out of the NW. Cam McNeil won the day with two bullets, in the tie for second is Chris Craig and Glen Walborn.
For the Melges 17's, the strategy was the same as the other fleets regarding the wind and angles. Lesa Gutenkunst won the first race followed by Mike Dow and Coye Harrett. For the second race the wind started to fade out for the day and became hard to find the pressure on the water. Tom Munroe won the second race in style, followed by Rob Terry, and Lesa Gutenkunst.
One day down, three more to go. Lots of racing left. Be sure to stay tuned to Melges.com for the latest updates!