Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Massapoag Capsize Club

The narrowing options of one Sunfish Skipper at the Regatta
The 63rd Annual Massapoag Yacht Club Regatta was one of those regattas that was a lot of fun in hindsight!  On Saturday the weather prognosticators led us to expect 9-12 knot winds and a possibility of some rain.  As things turned out, I think the wind blew the rain away.  The Race Committee measured consistent 26-30 knot winds, but at least the rain held off.

Half of the A fleet decided that it would be a better day to watch the races instead of participate in them.   Three members of the B fleet gamely braved the elements.  There were capsizes, gear breakages and rescues galore.  One poor skipper capsized five times before the start of the first race.  The first two B fleet races were won by the only skipper able to make is successfully around the course.

Needless to say everyone took advantage of the fact that it was Saturday night in some time zone, so in honor of that they started the Saturday "night" festivities a bit early.
Sunfishers from 18 to 80 participated in the gentle 30 knot breeze

Sunday was more in line with what the weather service had led us to believe.  The winds had died down to about 10 knots, and the rain was gone (mostly).   We were able to get in three races before the noontime deadline.

Kevin Burichian tok the honors for the A fleet, while Mark Stoughton topped the B fleet.  Full Results are here.


Kevin Buruchian - A Fleet Winner, with Diane Kampf, Regatta Chair

Bernadette Levesque B Fleet, 2nd Place with Diane Kampf

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