PGSC Moonlight Race and Awards
By Bi l l Di xon Water LIFE Sailing Bill McCue, 1992 Punta Gorda Sailing Club Commodore raced seriously and held several other positions with the club. I never met him, but by all accounts he was a party guy. My kind of Irishman!! Anyway, he passed away and his widow wanted to memorialize him with a sail-racing trophy. The request was for a ‘good time’ event. So for the first annual Bill McCue Memorial, the PGSC board selected the Saturday, August 20 Moonlight Regatta, with a picnic in the park on Sunday August 21 for the awards ceremony. The Regatta was held under ideal conditions – wind and no lightning. Some boats spinnaker- reached the entire 16.8 miles. The turnout was excellent with 26 boats starting in 6 separate fleets. The winner of the McCue trophy was Dennis Peck in his nameless AMF 2100 racing in the spinnaker fleet. Other winners were: Non-spinnaker Blue Bayou, Roy Strelchun. Cruising 1, Ironic Breeze, Chuck Taylor. Cruising 2, Calista, Jack Ward. Novice, Dream Chaser, David Saemisch. Multihull, Millennium Dragon, Roger Strube. Several boats were reported with incorrect or no lights. (that’s running lights not Bud lights) Others had lights early, but the batteries gave out before the race ended. Come on y’all, Moonlight Regattas are always held at night. Better be ‘readier’ next year. Yes, there is a Moonlight Regatta scheduled for ‘06 we just don’t have the date yet! The awards picnic at Charlotte Beach Park on Sunday was also a huge success, with free hot dogs, many good side dishes, cold beverages, and lots of sailor talk. Amazing to me was the fact that it ended early and there was still beer left. All in all, it was a wonderful first annu-
Dennis Peck, the first recipient of the Bill McCue trophy.
al Bill McCue memorial. I am sure next year’s will be bigger and better, because everyone who raced or picnicked had a great time and they will be talking it up. Fall sailing season starts this month. September 17 and 18, the Community Sailing Center in partnership with PGSC and the YMCA Bayfront Center is hosting a Sunfish Regional Championship. They expect 30 to 40 sunfish from out of town plus several local sunfish sailors to compete for the right to enter the Sunfish World Championship. The regatta will be held off Gilchrist Park on both Saturday and Sunday. Call Dennis Peck 627-6650 for info. Also, Sunday the 18 the fall big boat series starts. Call Jerry Haller 505-0499