| the HOT VII Regatta
Lake Townsend YC * Oct. 26-28, 2017
updated: 21 November 2018 at 2257 hrs
Team Black Skimmer leads Wayfarer domination of HOT VII
(181121) On October 27-28 in HOT VII, Oriental (NC) Wayfarers, Richard Johnson and wife, Michele (above right) became the first team to win the overall HOT title for two consecutive years. This year's HOT was, as always, a Lake Townsend YC-hosted pre-Hallowe'en fund-raiser for earlier.org, which raises money to fund research into earlier detection of breast cancer. Sailing-wise, the weather was perfect: not too cold and relatively steady medium-strength winds.
With ten boats participating, Wayfarers were again the largest fleet in the overall group of 21 boats which also included six Flying Scots, two Buccaneers plus solos of Tanzer 16, Isotope and Laser Vago. Wayfarers took the top four places overall on corrected time. Having been seeded 4th among Wayfarers, Richard Johnson and Michele Parish (below) also took Wayfarer Most Improved honours with 4-1-4-1-3 finishes among Wayfarers.
5-3-1-2-4 placings were good enough to give Lake Townsend's Uwe Heine and wife, Nancy Collins (above) a solid series 2nd, two points back of the Johnsons and three points up on Jim Cook and his pick-up crew, Cathy Leonard (below) who scored 18 points from 1-6-5-4-2 finishes.
Below par finishes for Jim's Lake Townsend clubmate, AnnMarie Covington, who teamed up with Kim Durack (Sat.) and Jason Reiner (Sun.) for 6-4-3-6-8 finishes in our strong, evenly matched fleet, ending series 6th, two points behind Jim and Linda.
AnnMarie with Kim
AnnMarie with Jason
Nova Scotia's Iain Tulloch and wife, Lesley, (above) introduced us to W861, freshly and beautifully re-built by Iain (below). Things looked great as they started their series with a 3rd but as the winds picked up a bit they found that Sawdust really had trouble pointing with the other Wayfarers. An impromptu coaching session was therefore held dockside after the day's racing, that the Tullochs said they found helpful. And they did end their series placing a most respectable 5th in the finale.
Series 8th went to the local team of Evan Trudeau and Yukako Tayashima (above) who were the only other Wayfarer team to compete in all five races. Tied at 49 points were another two more or less local teams: Trish McDermott with Ali Kishbaugh (from away, as they say in Newfoundland) (below) who only raced as a team on the first day, and ...
... Ken Butler with Jeannie Allamby (above) who only completed one Saturday race before capsizing and nearly sinking (below) during race 2.
Chip (l) and Jerry
Thanks a ton to the Lake Townsend YC and its superbly hospitable members, many of whom were regatta volunteers. On the water, we got great racing courtesy PRO, Chip Till, and Jerry Thompson (above) who relegated himself to being an observer after having been PRO for the first six HOT regattas.to let Chip upgrade his race officer qualifications. And of course, our safety boats once again rose beautifully to every occasion. And lastly, Trish McDermott, our Regatta Chair, once more did it all or mother-henned volunteers as needed, and even hosted our Friday night jam session (below) when intended host, Ken Butler, had to bow out when his home developed water issues?
JC Aller and Ken Butler on guitar and,
off key? ...
... our group
See you next year, at HOT VIII.