September 11th – by Eric Lind, Race Committee Chair
WOW!!! This has to have been one of the best days on the water that I can remember. We got 3 races in just over 4 hours and everyone is back at Irish Boat Shop enjoying some Bravo! beer.
All 3 races were 4 leg W/L with a 1.5 nm leg. Wind was in the low to mid teens during the first race and maybe some higher gusts as one mast was broken while races 2 & 3 saw the wind subside to the 9 – 12 range. Star Class veteran John MacCausland from Cooper River in New Jersey and crew Kevin Murphy put together 3 strong finishes of 3, 1, and 4 for a total of 8 points and an 8 point lead over Rick Merriman and crew Phil Trinter. In 3rd place is Star Class President Bill Allen with crew Brad Lichter at 17 points. We are hoping to get 3 more in tomorrow and 2 on Saturday to complete the championship.
Day two report by Barbara Beigel Vosbury
The forecast was for the wind to build and rumor had it that the wind would then clock. As with all regattas and venues, “it’s never like this here“. The wind started out around 15 kts with higher gusts and diminished to about 10 with gusts, but not so high.
John Koopman, Eric Lind and the great RC got three races off yesterday, playing catch up for the day before. Did I mention yesterday that this is a great venue? The waves were challenging and the skies were beautiful blue with white puffy clouds. The puffs blasted down the course with determination and the water that hit your face was refreshing.
The carnage was minimal, one mast, one pole and a few bruised egos, but that is to be expected with a fleet like this. Not as many boats as we would like to have but the talent is strong and the racing is fierce. One mistake and well, you know the story.
One great thing about smaller events is the camaraderie. You really get to know your competitors. We have some new members here, Jack Jennings, Dan Coughlin and Dave Irish. I hope that they have found our class to be as classy, friendly and competitive as we feel we are. Dave Irish last night described his impression of the Star as ‘intimate’. Everything is compact and right at your finger tips and it is the only way two men can spend so much time with a feminine object and get away with it!
Rick Merriman and Phil Trinter were the recipients of the Jack Daniels Trophy as winners of the first race.
The dinner at Bay Harbor Yacht Club was traditional Michigan food, corn on the cob, ribs, corn bread, everything from here and very yummy! Thank you to everyone who helped put this together.
Today we will be taking any junior that is on the dock for a spin in a Star, should be fun!