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Captain Morgan Regatta—Great Turnout and Weather by Chris Wojnar

posted May 30, 2016, 8:23 AM by Ruth Ann Vokac

It was the best wind and weather for a Captain Morgan is recent memory. Tremendous turnout [10 boats!] as well as newcomers and spectators. Gerry Christman was master of ceremonies [and race committee] for the annual CLSA spring event.

Kite sailors greeted the cabin boat fleet as they approached the starting line in winds ranging from 18 to 25 knots out of the south- southwest.  Frankie Scotello was strutting his stuff in picturesque fashion as he repeatedly went airborne in puffs of air dangling from his high sailing kite as he and others reached back in forth on the wavy waters....distracting the sailors but adding to the overall excitement on Saturday.

Two half distances were run with Joe and Linda Budden taking a commanding lead and first to the windward mark in the first race. Rick Wojnar and Joe battled it out with Rick's Catalina "Tim Tim," which thrives in big wind, winning out in the downwind leg. The second day brought a more subdued wind [around 14 knots] and more from the west. The Fleet ran a "Full Distance" which tested the mettle of each participant and temperatures rose and the Wind got "Flukier" and Tempers ran high.  

One of the real stories was the emerging presence of Phillip Christman as he won all three races in the "one design" fleet.  Phillip and Rick lead the "Youngbloods" of CLSA with their youth and sailing acumen.

There were more heroics after the race as a member of the Rescue crash boat dropped his cell phone into the lake off Toland's dock, and Brian Hunt plunged in to retrieve it, getting a Hero's applause after emerging with it. Good times were had in a party atmosphere into the evening hours...

Special thanks need to go to Commodore Rick Langlois and his side kick "Nacho" for their expert supervision and also to "Vice" Commodore/Social Chairwoman Tom and Debbie Yeagle providing food - beverages and crew for the needy.