the Old Brown Dog Regatta: Wayfarers
Catawba YC * Nov. 1-3, 2019

updated: 16 Nov 2019 at 1314 hrs
Phil Leonard (W864) checks in from Charlotte's Catawba YC


I sent the bullet points below, from the OBD regatta, to Jerry Thompson for The Beat so he could put together an article. Maybe you could use some of these for your article.


From: Leonard <>
Subject: Old Brown Dog
Date: November 8, 2019 at 1:35:00 PM EST
To: Jerry Thompson <
Some points about the regatta
  • Most folks camped in 33F temperatures Friday and Saturday nights, with highs in the 60's during the day.
  • Over the 6 total races, there were 5 different 1st-place skippers. 
  • Several races had multiple general recalls due to aggressive starting. One race I think had 3 general recalls.
  • In one race it was the first time I have seen all 11 boats start on port (below).
  • Light winds Saturday. Winds were very spotty and shifty. At one point I could look out and see seven different round puffs across the course.  
  • Sunday was more wind but still a bit shifty.
  • In one race I could see three boats side by side within 50 ft. of each other and the middle boat had wind and the other two had far less to none. That middle boat came from behind in that middle wind to finish ahead of the other two by about a boat length.
  • The RC takes a 45-minute break in the middle of the day on Saturday for sailors to eat lunch on the water or sail in for a bathroom break; then pick up race again after the break. I like that.
  • Dinner Saturday night was make your own Naan bread pizzas with all the fixings, then cooked on the grill by Jim Cook. 

  • After dinner we had Karaoke singing, solo and group, with music and Jim Higgins on live guitar, then dancing began, and a fire in the fireplace in the clubhouse.
  • Racing was very competitive with several tie breakers.
  • Nice fold up camp tables with the Wayfarer logo on them were handed out for the 1-3 spots, plus Wayfarer canvas tote bags, specially made by Hans Gottschling, were handed out to some folks for most improved Wayfarer sailor for 2019, and for a special dance routine by George Enell.
  • Always a great regatta and social time.
Phil Leonard