Re: Cinco De mayo Regatta
May 3 2014
3rd Annual Cinco De Mayo RG65 Regatta
Date May 3, 2014
Northern VA Model Yacht Club
Winds: 3-5 with gusts 8-10 SSW
Course: windward with offset, leeward gate
After 15 races with 2 throw outs
Marc Smith 25 Ester65e Sloop
Craig Huzway 30 Pakinto Swing
Rob Suydam 33 Blue Splash Sloop
Jim Kammel 45 Pakinto Sloop
Scott Allen 68 Simmatara Sloop
Mike Campbell 69 Skinny Swing
Charlie Fawcett 76 Pakinto Sloop
Rick Bray 93 Pakinto Swing
Mike Russom 102 Pakinto Sloop
After nearly 7 inches of rain earlier in the week, the clouds parted the sun came out and the wind blew as predicted. We had skippers coming from nearly 200 miles away to sail with us, with a couple skippers sailing their RG’s for the first time.
The day started with the first 5 races providing four different winners, proving that this was not going to be a walk in the park, and that clean and consistent sailing would be needed. Susan Allen stopped by and dropped off Chipotle Burritos for lunch, which was eaten after seven races. With no throw-outs calculated the top 5 skippers, Marc, Craig, Rob, Jim, Mike C, were separated by 10 points. When the puffs happened, you had to ensure you were pointing the proper direction and maintain control to take advantage of the acceleration. Just about every boat broached, knocked down or showed the crowd her rudder at some point. Mike Campbell’s Skinny went bow down a few times and when one of the deck patches let go, he had to retire with unrepairable electrical issues. The only other mechanical problems were a broken rudder servo, and a broken mainsheet, both of which were fixed in short order.
Sailing was generally clean, a few folks ventured OCS a bit early and had to come back, and the occasional mark was rubbed resulting in 360’s. Several port/starboard incidents occurred with only a couple minor entanglement and no major collisions or mishaps. Penalty turns were taken by those in the wrong with no disagreements.
In the end, Marc’s consistent top three finishes and six wins proved too difficult to top, but Craig and Rob were chipping away at the lead and had a few more races been logged the results could easily swung in their direction.
Green Chevrons were awarded to the top three skippers, accompanied by etched glass bottles filled with Mr. Cuervo’s finest nectar.
IOM 81, 681, 881