2009 Chippewa Regatta

Chippewa Lake, Medina OH

May 9

Eight boats, including Brian and Kim Duff from Annapolis, braved the breezy weather forecast and made the trek to Medina, Ohio for the 3rd annual Chippewa Regatta. The forecast called for winds in the 20-50mph range, with an occasional thunderstorm. Fortunately, Mother Nature was kind to the sailors during the morning hours with 10-18 mph winds and an intermittent peek of sunshine.

The format for the regatta was short course racing in the morning, focusing on starting and mark rounding. After lunch, longer fleet racing courses were planned. Thanks to the passing cold front, three races were completed in some of the steadiest conditions I have ever seen on Chippewa. For those of you who arenít familiar, Chippewa can be one of those places where 180į wind shifts are all too common, and you are always in a hole when every other boat on the lake is moving.

Race one was battled out between team Nate Ireland/Joe Minard and team Parker. On the final beat to the finish, Nate, with a several boat length lead, apparently forgot to finish and let team Parker sneak in for the W. Race two saw team Duff battling it out with team Ireland/Minard. With team Hermetet on their tail, Marion Zaugg and crew Cara Sanderson pulled off a W for the third race of the day.

Just as the RC made the call for lunch, the wind gods decided we were done racing for the day. At the flick of a switch, the breeze went from a controllable 15-18mph to an overwhelming 40-45mph sustained blast. Needless to say, the last few boats had an incredible ride into the dock!

Congratulations to Ben Stock and his girlfriend Amanda. Not only was this Benís first regatta helming 698, but it was Amandaís first time sailing! It will be great to have another boat out there!

Thank-you to the entire Baker family for hosting us! Mr. Baker did an outstanding job running races. Marie, Ivanís wife, made sure we were all well fed. Mrs. Baker had awards and pictures for everyone to take home with them.

 Brian Parker
#1135


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Race

Place

Sail

Skipper

Crew

1

2

3

Total

1

1135

B. Parker

 T. Parker

1

3

3

7

2

1134

N. Ireland

 J. Minard

2

1

6

9

3

1143

B. Duff

 K. Duff

4

2

4

10

4

1132

M. Zaugg

 C. Zaugg

6

4

1

11

5

1136

J. Hermetet

 A. Hermetet

7

5

2

14

6

443

I. Baker

 C. Hinshaw

3

6

5

14

7

698

B. Stock

 Amanda

5

7

8

20

8

958

N. Willis

 J. Zelli

8

8

7

23


Results Posted 5/21/2009

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