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2011 Hospice Regatta Results | Print |

There was very heavy horsdevours and all the wine and beer you could want, along with very well organized registration, goodie bags, and a DJ playing until 2230 or so.  The club itself is situated on 15+ acres and the main building is very architecturally pleasing to the eye with a large steeply peaked roofline looking similarly like a sailboat heeled over in the wind.  There was plenty of room for free camping anywhere you wanted on the long sloping lawn down to the lake that was nicely terraced to provide some flat spots to setup on.  The bathrooms were very clean and they even had 3 or 4 showers to cleanup in. The main buliding also had a nicely equipped kitchen with lots of banquet-style tables in the main room along with a huge wrap-around porch/deck, AND a large 40x40 canopy with additional seating outside on the lawn.  There were about 70 boats registered and we met some great people that night and had a blast.

Saturday... so maybe we had too much fun the night before? Nah.  We rolled out of bed around 0830 and breakfast was waiting for us (a long with a bag lunch to take too!).  Skippers meeting at 1030 and the racing was to start at noon.  Man was it still blowing out... probably 15-20mph but doable.  Bob had only sailed my boat twice in 10-15mph winds and his eyes were getting a bit big when we started to launch.  My eyes got big when I saw him slip and grab the rudder while going down... the rudder snapped in two (doh!).  Luckily I had brought mine with me and was able to get it on his boat before the race started.

Six F5's made it to the start and DJ was running the "short rig." I was envious.  The field consisted of only 5 F5's that I could count, even though we had 7 registered.  Long story short -- I turtled twice, Chris rolled once, and Byron switched out to his short rig after the first round when the wind got heavier (25-30).  I believe I saw several Buccaneers go over and I think one of them broke their mast in some shallow water.  My father-in-law didn't fair so well, breaking the boom gooseneck pin on the downwind -- luckily the wind was blowing him toward the direction he needed to go to get back in. Brian took the loss of several boat components very well and even offered me some more beverages... what a guy!

I called it quits after the first race and unfortunately finished on the wrong side of the committee boat in that race.  After crossing the non-finish line I rolled my 2nd time and then just headed in for the day.  Byron, Chris, and DJ all finished the 1st race of the day and only Byron finished the 2nd -- securing a win for the weekend (congrats!).  We all retired shortly after to the club building where they had a great dinner catered in by Olive Garden and also had some great drawings/prizes that were donated to raise more money for Hospice.  Even though we had a rough day on the water, I went by my old mantra of sailing that "drinking must continue until morale improves" and we all had a great night and some beautiful clear skies and stars to gaze at.

Sunday was calm, very calm.  Too calm to race in fact!  Even though the sailing wasn't great that weekend the Hospice Regatta hosted by the WCSC is one that I'll remember for awhile from the friendships and great times had.  I'll definitely be returning next year. It was great meeting all of the F5 folks too, I'm sure we'll be seeing each other again in the future!

Congrats to Byron for winning and being this year's SE Regional Champion. We might even engrave his name on the trophy, well maybe.

Here is a link to the regatta results.

2011 Hospice Regatta Results

Brandon Herndon
F5: "Forty-Two" Sail #7521