Cattail 2013 Results

The Cattail Regatta lived up to its reputation and the ugly forecast caused most of the out-of-towners to think twice about traveling to another blown out regatta. But, as luck would have it, the weather was the exact opposite of the forecast. Other than some sprinkles at about 5:00 pm, we did not see the powerful thunderstorms that we were told were inevitable. We did, however, see some strong winds. But for the most part they were manageable and it didn’t get uncomfortable until late into the second race.

The first race was barely a challenge for Team Bradley. They got a perfect start and just kept increasing their lead after that. Ron Gall, for a moment, was in second, but got passed quickly by Team Frissell on the first downwind leg. Then it became the Bob and Peter show. The rest of us battled it out for the remaining spots. The winds were at 15-18 mph with gusts to 23 mph near the end of the race.cattail slide

In between races, the wind calmed down to a steady 16 mph. The race got started with a parade at the Race Committee end. Everyone was a little more even as we rounded the weather mark. But, as before, Team Frissell and Team Bradley took over. The wind picked up to a steady 20-24 mph, which allowed the leaders to show off their spinnaker flying skills. Team Frissell’s mastery in those conditions proved to be enough to beat out the Bradleys and ultimately win the regatta. As the second race neared the end, a strong puff caused a boat to capsize. This and the steady wind over 20 mph was enough for the Race Committee to cancel the third race.

I’d like to thank everyone for coming out to support our regatta despite the ugly forecast, especially Jamey Fisher and Bill Kotys who came from Columbus. It proves that you can never trust those Toledo weather forecasters. I’d also like to thank Jim Davis for PROing the event. The windward-leeward racecourse was perfect.

Ron Gall (#1325)

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Place

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Skipper

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Sail #

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Club

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Race 1

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Race 2

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Total

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1

Peter Frissell

186

NCYC

2

1

3

2

Bob Bradley

1332

JRSC

1

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2

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3

3

Ron Gall

1325

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3

4

7

4

Tom Marriott

909

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5

3

8

5

Rob Fox

558

NCYC

4

DNF

11

6

Jamey Fisher

1040

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6

5

11