Thirteen boats, the largest fleet of the year so far, participated in last evening’s race. Welcome Fuzzy Logic and Stinger to the mix! With the fairly steady 8 -10 knot winds out of the NE a I5 course was selected with the North Canoe government mark as the leeward mark, the start/finish line just to the north of Yankee and in line with the windward tetrahedron at 045o. At the start Ed Gardner in Iko Iko tacked to port right off the line while the rest of the fleet opted to stay on starboard for some minutes. With such clean air he quickly establish a top tier position. At the first mark it appeared that Vaporize was first around with Iko Iko and Witch Way following. The chute on Vaporize failed to appear immediately and Witch Way and the Iko IKo pounced , striking a course straight down the wind towards North Canoe. The wind swung over to the west as the fleet sailed their first downwind leg so the windward mark was dragged ~ ¼ mile west in an attempt to straighten out the course. The wind stayed fairly west up the second windward leg giving the competitors a lengthy first tack. As they passed the start/finish line the wind swung back more to the north and Witch Way opted for a few short hitches to the west while Iko Iko seemed to just point straight at the mark. Witch Way had a narrow lead at the mark though. The cluster that followed had a significant deficit either in corrected time or distance. The wind went back to the NE as the two leaders were battling for an advantage. During the final leg, rainbows appeared in the eastern sky adding additional majesty to the lake view. Swapping tacks up the final leg Iko Iko gained a one boat length lead over Witch Way to cross the finish line first but Alfie and crew put another win on the board! Wild Thing and Vaporize crossed next but without the needed time margin to keep three J24’s slipping into the top 5. Animal took 3rd for the night. Within a hundred yards of the finish, woot! on starboard tack crossed ahead of the very closely spaced Uncle Ludwig and Spirit, both on the favored port tack. Uncle Ludwig to leeward of Spirit had the easier course around woot!’s stern and beat Rodger and crew across the line. Woot! unfortunately needed to tack to cross the line and finished just behind Spirit.

Place Boat Skipper SailNum Type PHRF Time Corrected Behind Leader
1 Witch Way Alfie Merchant
2598
J/24
171
1:09:31
1:02:40
0
2 Iko Iko Ed Gardner
8222
Star ODR
158
1:09:27
1:03:45
65
3 Animal Andrew Brodie
1396
J/24
171
1:13:24
1:06:10
210
4 Uncle Ludwig Kyle Lavoy
2714
J/24
171
1:14:06
1:06:48
248
5 Spirit Rodger Voss
1916
J/24
171
1:14:10
1:06:51
251
6 Wild Thing Spencer Raggio
5
J/80
117
1:10:52
1:09:03
383
7 Fuzzy Logic Christine Lund
867
J/22
183
1:18:45
1:09:49
429
8 Vaporize Dave Dougall
28
Viper 640
111
1:12:30
1:11:17
517
9 Cut Loose John Dickinson
1672
J/24
171
1:19:09
1:11:21
521
10 Stinger Rob Fraser
541
J/24
171
1:19:22
1:11:33
533
11 woot! John Haller
304
J/70
120
1:14:15
1:12:02
562
12 T Christian Wetzel
5284
J/24
171
1:22:12
1:14:06
686
14 High Jinx Tony Dirado / Deb Katz
3201
J/24
171
DNF