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RACE REPORT 30th Annual Lost Bay Regatta, Josephine, AL, October 7 By Kim Kaminski Zane Yoder and his team earned the Paul Schreck Trophy for first place overall in Spinnaker Class at this year’s 30th Annual Lost Bay Regatta aboard his Melges, FNG (Friday Night Gigolo) Eelsnot. Photo by Kim Kaminski.

The Lost Bay Regatta, hosted by the Point Yacht Club, had a rocky start this year. First, it was postponed due to Hurricane Nate, and then northwest winds from 16-20 knots almost forced a cancelation again. Twenty-four boats in one Spinnaker Class and six NonSpinnaker Classes raced on Perdido Bay. Because of the weather, the course was shortened to get everyone back in a timely and safe manner. Prior to the race, the fog had rolled in, and the winds were light and variable, but by the time the racing began, the fog had lifted. The day remained hazy, with winds building out of the north-northwest, bringing intermittent rain onto the racecourse. One competitor, Harold Britton was racing for the first time as skipper aboard his Cal 39, Raminda. Prior to the start he had unfurled his headsail preparing for the race when a strong wind gust tore the sail in half…ending his first race experience. Another skipper, Zane Yoder, had a totally different experience sailing aboard his Melges, FNG (Friday


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Night Gigolo) Eelsnot, that sailed in the Spinnaker Class. The team finished in first place in the 4.4-mile course with a time of 33 minutes and 40 seconds—almost two-and-a-half minutes ahead of the second-place boat, winning Yoder the Paul Shreck Trophy, taking first in the Overall Spinnaker division. Rick Zern and his team aboard Coyote captured the Paul Mueller Trophy for first-place as Overall NonSpinnaker winner.


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The 43rd WFORC, held at Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC), provided a good variety of wind conditions for the threeday series. This factor was appreciated by both local and out-of-town competitors who were all too weary of this year’s active hurricane season—including Hurricane Nate, whose Oct. 8 landfall near Biloxi, MS, also caused damage to PYC’s marina. Fortunately, PYC’s dockmaster, Greg Spitzer, had matters well in hand before WFORC began. A widely distributed email reassured everyone that necessary repairs were made, and along with the club’s bulkhead space, three-ton hoist, and newly widened boat ramp, the regatta would start as scheduled. PYC also offered visiting competitors’ boats and trailers storage for up to one week prior to and after the regatta without any storage charge. Last year, 30 boats competed, including five that participated concurrently in the first WFORC Ocean Race. For 2017, the fleet totaled 14, including three who did just the Ocean Race. It is opined that the recent storms had impacted many along the Gulf Coast who normally participate in this highly competitive event. PYC’s fleet captain, John D. (Dave) Oerting, had established the Ocean Race in his desire to be all-inclusive and

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Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...