Eleven Interlakes from seven clubs enjoyed a great weekend of fall sailing as the 2012 edition of the Poltergeist Regatta was held once again on the first weekend in October. The Poltergeist made his presence known by providing us with cloudy skies and cool temperatures both days. It was in the low 50s on Saturday and the low 40s on Sunday morning. However, the close racing kept the competitors warm throughout the day. The breezes on Saturday were out of the west in the low teens, with a similar westerly direction on Sunday at about 6-8 mph.
PRO, Paul White, set up two lap windward-leeward courses. He used as much of the north end of the lake as possible. As the breezes blew over the trees, it caused the wind to shift as much as twenty degrees either direction of the centerline of the course. Therefore, one’s lead over their fellow competitors was never safe; making for some very fun racing. The only exception to this was Team Aspery (Steve & Lisa Aspery with Jamie Jones), who won four of the five races on Saturday. Their other race was a second place finish.
After the five races on Saturday places third (3rd) though ninth (9th) were only separated by nine points (Team Dieball had 27 points, Team McClinchie had 28 points, Team Bradley had 29 points, both Team Chapin and Team J.A.W.S had 30 points, Team Sanderson had 33 points and Team R had 36 points). All of these teams trailed second place Team Savage who had 16 points.
Fleet #28 all pitched in to serve our traditional State Fair Pork Chop dinner and desert. I heard there are those who come to this regatta just for the dinner. ISCA Class Past President, Mike McClinchie, then presented those in attendance with a class update after dinner.
The Sunday morning racing was as close as the Saturday racing. However, Sunday morning saw a new leader emerge, that being Team Dieball winning both races followed by Team Aspery. The other competitors each seemed to have one good race and one race that maybe wasn’t quite as good as they would have liked. This made the results even closer, with four teams being tied for fifth place and five teams being only separated by one point. Team Aspery, Savage, and Dieball were able to maintain their first, second and third places, respectfully. Team Bradley moved into fourth place and Team Sanderson won the tie breaker to receive fifth place.
A hot chili lunch was prepared, as the boats were being put away. Following lunch, trophies were presented to the top five finishers.
Hopefully, all who attended went away satisfied having had seven great races and plenty of good food. We missed all those who could not make it this year and a hope to see all of you next year.
By Don Wilson