2006 Western Michigan Yachting Association Regatta, August 2-5

2006 Western Michigan Yachting Association Regatta, August 2-5

5 August 2006

05 AUGUST 2006 ? Article courtesy of Sam Rogers, North Sails Zenda ? The 2006 77th Annual W.M.Y.A. Regatta is on with eleven Melges 17 teams on the starting line, and some of those teams the best in the country - including Brian McMurray, Bill Fauntleroy and reigning national champion Art Brereton!

The first two days brought on big breeze and tight racing! In all fleets participating, there has been incredibly close racing and awesome sailing conditions. The great feature about the WMYA Champs is that you can sail in up to three classes in a single day of racing. There are three different time slots throughout the day so most sailors can be seen running from the their boats at the end of a race and hopping on another boat to start a different race. The WMYA is non-stop action!

All of the sailors showed up at the Muskegeon Yacht Club and we greeted with steady 20-25 knot breezes that lasted the entire day. This is an inaugural regatta for the Melges 17 and the fleet saw the most breeze they have ever raced in as a group. This was truly a treat not only for the sailors, but for the spectators as well. The Melges 17's were literally blasting out of the water and ripping up and down the course! Larry Brand and his son Keith made it around the race course in first place with Brian McMurray on his tail and Tom Munroe right behind Brian. The Melges 17's certainly stormed into the W.M.Y.A. and it was great to see these boats perform so well in such breezy conditions.

Day two began with thunderstorms which caused a bit of a delay in the days racing, but once the terrential downpours stopped, the first group of the day, the Melges 17's headed out for the race course. Sailing in shifty, 5-10 knot NE breezes, the sailors did their best to make sense of the tricky conditions. 2006 MidWinter Champions Brian McMurray and his wife Deb used excellent boatspeed to take the win in Race two. Coye Harrett sailing in his first Melges 17 regatta sailed well enough to get second and one of the pioneers in the Melges 17 fleet, Bill Fauntleroy battled his way into third place.

Check out www.wmya.org for more information and stay tuned for reports and results from Day three and four!
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