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Sunfish/ Laser Regatta Report by Chris Wojnar

posted Sep 21, 2015, 6:15 PM by Ruth Ann Vokac   [ updated Sep 22, 2015, 8:20 AM ]

Another beautiful weekend of sail has passed on Lake Clinton as the annual small boat/Laser/Sunfish invitational took place on Saturday, and Sunday saw the last warm-up Triangle for the Flying Scots before the famous "Glow in the Dark" Regatta this upcoming weekend.

 It was another epic battle again between Rick Wojnar and Gerry Christman as they led a contingent of Laser and Sunfish racers around a Windward/Leeward course in a 12 mph breeze just west of the pavilion.

 My wife, Mary, and I came down to catch a few of the races and sat just west of the pavilion with a perfect view of all the action.

The two lead boats traded tacks and jibes all day long, never being more than a few boat lengths apart.

The first race was two times around the course ending with a fantastic finish as Rick tacked to the left towards the finish line and Gerry went further to his right as he saw a puff of wind coming there, and after tacking into it, he rode a TREMENDOUS PUFF on a reach--literally screaming across the course and just getting inside of Rick's boat and the committee boat to take the victory!

The next two races were just as exciting to watch; both were won by "the Bullet" Rick W. but only by one boat length in each race.

There was a lot of excitement out on the course throughout the day as we could hear hooping and hollering as boats rounded the downwind mark, speeding on top of the waves and trying to keep from tipping over.

Angie Hunt took pictures from the bridge of the committee boat and even some video to play at the next CLSA gathering, so watch for her photography!