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Home Regattas Racing Results 2011 Force Five Midwest Championships
2011 Force Five Midwest Championships

Nick Ward and Alan Block (who had never sailed a Force Five until two days before the event) jumped out to an early lead in race one with perfect starts and strong boat speed upwind, and they held on to take 1st and 2nd place in race one respectively.   As the breeze moderated through the day and conditions became more difficult sailors had to contend with good amount of current, several light air "holes" on the course, and some crowded mark roundings.  Among the highlights from day one were several finishes decided in the final 25 feet of race course, lots of boats hitting marks and doing their turns, a new winner for each of the first three races, and two competitors new to the fleet finishing in the top five (Alan Block, Scott McNeill).  Very tight racing would be a familiar sight throughout the weekend.  After day one, Casey Petz led the way with 8 points, Chris Zofchak held down second with 13 points, and Jim Petz clung to third with 15 points (six other boats were within five points of third place after day one).

Day two began with cloudy skies, a little rain, and virtually no wind.  Racing was delayed for about a half hour while the clouds burned off and the conditions steadily improved.  By the time the first gun went off, the fleet was zipping around the race course in 10-15 knots of breeze with no chop, and predictable wind shift close to the top mark near shore.  Patience paid off and our Race Committee was able to get five races off on the final day of can't ask for much more than that!  Throughout the day Casey Petz, Nick Ward, Evan Wilkins, Jim Petz, and Alan Block battled hard to separate themselves from the rest of the fleet by starting on time, picking the right side of the course upwind, and keeping the boat really flat as the breeze built.  When all the points were totaled, Casey Petz, sailing on his beloved Blue Moon colored Force Five, emerged as the winner of the regatta with 20 points, Nick Ward shot up the leader board to take second with 37 points, and Evan Wilkins edged out Jim Petz on a tiebreaker to take third place with 38 points. 

This was the first year of hosting the Midwest Championship event, and the venue delivered great conditions and fun times off the water as well.  Bark Shanty Sail Club, Uri's Restaurant, and Port Sanilac Marina all pitched in to allow for easy access for all boats, on site storage, on site camping and free parking, fantastic food, and a comfortable place to hang around and have a few beers after racing.  When you add all that to the crystal clear and seasonably warm waters of Lake Huron, you have an event that is worth attending year after year.  As an added bonus this year, Meredith Block attended the event and took pictures of all the racers and has them up on her website for viewing and/or purchase.  She did an awesome job of capturing the spirit of the event and the competitive sailing on the race course.  You can check out the pictures of the event at

Lastly, this event was run by the newly formed Blue Water Sail Club of Port Huron, Michigan (home to Force Five Fleet 106).  We are proud to say that we are one of the largest and most active fleets in the country and that we have lots of racing left for this year.  If you are interested in joining the fun this year or in the future, please email Phil Porte ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Casey Petz ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information. 

Sail On!