weather was marginal with heavy overcast, moderate winds and
temps in the high 40s and low 50s. These facts combined with the
fact that the Gig Harbor Model Yacht Club is tucked away in the
NW corner of the Great Northwest contributed to a low skipper
turnout at the Region 6 Championship Regatta held at Surprise
Lake, Milton, WA just north of Tacoma, WA on Sunday May 7, 2006.
Race Director for the regatta was Howard Rasmussen, University
start/finish line was right angled with an E/W, N/S orientation.
When the starting gun went off at 10:15AM the winds were blowing
from the S and SW at 3-8mph with occasional gusts to 15mph.
These conditions are great for sharpening up the EC12 sailing
skills and we were surely well tested.
There were many exciting times at the weather mark. One
altercation occurred when Harry Lange, on port tack, collided
with a starboard tack boat and was dismasted. Harry L retrieved
his boat with the rescue boat. Fortunately, there was no damage
to Harry’s boat---mostly to his feelings!
wind directions changed causing RD Howard Ramussen to call for
course changes. We did windward/leeward and triangular course
heats. By the time we neared the end of the regatta we were
getting 15mph gusts one after the other. You could see them
parading down the lake from the S one after the other about 100’
apart. That was an exciting time especially when trying to round
the mark. There were times we ended up headed in directions that
we did not want to go!
After we had completed 11 heats and were about to end the
regatta I made the mistake of suggesting that we sail another
heat since the winds were settling into a steady mode. This
suggestion did me in. More on this later.
we sailed the last heat, it started to sprinkle and then to
driving light rain. At this point the winds were 6-8mph. At the
finish the boats were hurriedly brought in and the marks rounded
up and the gear put away. After this we retired to the local Tav
for a bite to eat and figure the placing. It was at this time
that I had found that I had shot myself in the foot when I had
suggested the last heat.
through the regatta the winner and I were battling for first
place. However, the last heat did me in when I placed last.
C’est la vie! SteveYoung, to his credit took first.
EC12 Region 6 results:
Steve Young Sail #87 13
Harry Lange 79
Joe Osckewicz 88