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2012 North Americans Results | Print |  E-mail
Written by Byron Hicks   

Never in over 30 years of Force 5 racing, has there been a more up-scale regatta. Everything was provided on the Albemarle Plantation grounds. Not only all meals, but complimentary lodging by many gracious hosts.

The day before racing begun, the boats were launched from their trailers and immediately sailed about 10 minutes down to the Osprey Yacht Club docks. There we de-rigged, carpooled back to the launch ramp, and took our trailers to a storage area. After checking into our host homes, we were treated to a pizza party at OYC and a chance to catch up on old friendships and make new ones.

Racing day #1 began with continental breakfast at OYC and was followed by the skippers meeting at 1000. Four races were held, including a short lunch break of sandwiches packed earlier at OYC. The fleet was split into the Die-Hards and Try-Hards, with the latter generally being those who have not previously won any National or Mid-Winter trophies. There were a few capsizes and even few beers consumed during the day, but few surprises as to the leaders.

That evening we postponed the scheduled Class meeting in favor of being able to freshen up and meet at the golf course grill for an amazing dinner (with linens) accompanied by dancing music.

Racing day #2 again started with an OYC breakfast and skippers meeting at 0930. Again 4 good races were held, some parts of which were in winds around 5 knots and gave the light-air sailors a chance to shine, although the 1 to 2 foot short chop did make it interesting. By day’s end though, the same sailors were at the top of the leader’s board. The Class meeting immediately followed with elections held for the Class officers, selection of host fleet for the 2013 NAs, and various discussions of other Class business. Dinner was then chosen from either a Docktails gathering or a more intimate group in the grill tap-room.


The skippers meeting for racing day #3 was held at 0900 with 2 races scheduled in a forecasted 15 to 20 knots. A few capsizes occurred in the 2 to 3 foot chop, and one wise Try-Hard went with the Shortie-Rig and comfortably avoided the throes of the dreaded death-roll. The boats were then sailed directly to the launch ramp, where most sailors had brought their trailers that morning, and had been shuttled back to OYC before the skippers meeting.

After all boats were prepared for travel, the awards presentations were held at OYC accompanied by a burger and dog cook-out with beverages. The Class past president, Brian Hampton had a good 3rd day to beat out DJ McCabe for the Try-Hard perpetual award, and is forever now resigned to be part of the Die-Hards. In the Die-Hard group, Fred Meno, the current Mid-Winters Champion, managed to narrowly regain the Class Championship over multi-time National Champion Bob Cullen.