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Home Regattas Racing Results 2000 Force 5 North American Championship
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Written by Peter Young   


Brian Weeks Wins in Galesville

 


The 2000 Force 5 North American Championship was held at West River Sailing Club in Galesville, MD July 27 through 29. The club overlooks the West River’s scenic view and was a great venue for this year's event. 26 boats participated in this year's main event, which turned out to be a light air battle. A series of three low-pressure systems dominated Chesapeake Bay weather for the week prior to the regatta. These systems' persisting effects impeded sea breeze development throughout the event, resulting in near-zephyr conditions all three days. With these light conditions, the importance of clear air and minimizing mistakes was key since only 3 of the scheduled 8 races.

The competitors sailed out to the Bay in light conditions. The racing was cancelled after a bit since the wind never arrived on this day.

Friday began on a more promising note, a steady 5-knot northerly allowing the boats to sail out to the racecourse with relative ease. The first race started after a brief postponement in the diminishing northerly. Perennial NA champ Bob Cullen, who dominated the day, sailed to a substantial lead on the first triangle but was unable to complete the fourth leg of the shortened course before the 90 minute time limit expired. A fleeting easterly breeze appeared later in the afternoon, lasting just long enough to complete one race. Cullen led the way, taking the first place gun barely within the time limit on a five leg shortened course.

Hopes for better conditions on Saturday evaporated with the morning's light easterly. The RC immediately decided to tow the fleet back into the river to take advantage of the little breeze remaining there rather than wait for the elusive southerly on the Bay. Their decision proved sound: late reports from big boat events confirmed that the Bay remained becalmed throughout the day. The wakes from a constant stream of large powerboats combined with the light and shifty wind, the resulting cross-chop created extremely challenging conditions. Stellar RC work, however, permitted two more races to be completed. In the first, Fred Meno recognized that the right side of the course had less adverse current, rounding the weather mark well ahead of eventual winner Brian Weeks. Meno maintained his lead throughout most of the race, but Weeks managed to pass him on the shifty final beat for the win. Top overall woman finisher Wendy O'Toole took third. The final race was a seesaw affair, with the top five boats exchanging the lead throughout the first beat. Again, Meno rounded first, closely followed by Peter Young, Cullen and Weeks. Young slipped past Meno just before the leeward mark, and he, Meno, Cullen and Weeks again traded places throughout the second weather leg. This time, Cullen rounded the top mark first, followed by Young and Weeks. Weeks demonstrated superior technique through the power boat wakes on the run and rounded the leeward mark first. Weeks, Cullen and Young again exchanged leads up the final beat. Weeks anticipated the final port shift, however, crossing the finish line ahead of Cullen and Young.

Many thanks go out to West River Sailing Club for hosting the event. A Special thanks and a hearty "job well done" to PRO Peter Jones and everyone serving on the Race Committee over the three days.

2000 North American Championship - Galesville, MD    
Place Skipper   Sail RACE 1 RACE 2 RACE 3 Total
1   Weeks, Brian   8044   2   1   1   4  
2   Cullen, Bob   13   1   5   2   8  
3   Meno, Fred   8048   8   2   4   14  
4   Young, Peter   7814   5   8   3   16  
5   O'Toole, Wendy   1772   7   3   6   16  
6   Young, Courtney   3052   4   7   5   16  
7   Pincura, Tom   3262   10   4   8   22  
8   Pratt, Carl   6980   9   6   7   22  
9   Hicks, Byron   4   3   10   11   24  
10   Baumann, Rich 7695   11   11   9   31  
11   Zofchak, Chris   7901   6   12   14   32  
12   Spang, Bryan   1747   12   9   18   39  
13   O'Toole, Mike   772   15   13   12   40  
14   Hunter, Bill   1266   16   15   10   41  
15   Embler, John   8018   13   16   17   46  
16   Glynn, Chris   4315   19   21   13   53  
17   Spang, Debbie   1748   20   18   15   53  
18   Wyngaard, Claire   7911   21   14   19   54  
19   Sheridan, Mike   7949   22   17   16   55  
20   Buchanan, Ray   7576   23   19   20   62  
21   Nicolls, W.H.   7878   18   20   28/DNS   66  
22   Pierce, Rob   468   14   28/DNS   28/DNS   70  
23   Kohut, Bruce   8040   17   28/DNS   28/DNS   73  
24   Duer, John   6   24   28/DNS   28/DNS   80  
25   Cook, Chris   6321   28/DNS   28/DNS   28/DNS   84  
26   Harris, Walt   8041   28/DNS   28/DNS   28/DNS   84