CARLYLE SAILING ASSOCIATION Lightning Fleet 266 2004 Mid Continent Regatta 4 Races in series. 0 Races needed to qualify. 4 Races scored. 15 Boats participated in series Sail Skipper 5/ 5/ 5/ 5/ Place Score # Crew, Crew / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 14834 Matt Burridge 3 1 1 1 1 6.00 Mike Murphy/John Huh, Jen Aljets ^ ^ ^ ^ 15010 Dave Young 2 3 2 4 2 11.00 Bruce Richards, Dennis Colby ^ ^ ^ ^ 14636 Dan Moriarty 1 9 3 2 3 15.00 Tobi Moriarty, Nick Beckmann ^ ^ ^ ^ 15081 Jim Gagnon 6 5 4 5 4 20.00 Maureen Gagnon, Steve Adamski ^ ^ ^ ^ 14901 Ian Schillebeeckx 7 6 6 3 5 22.00 Marc Schillebeeckx, Roselyne Schillebeec ^ ^ ^ ^ 14766 Terry Burke 5 2 5 DNF 6 28.00 Edd Burke, Erik Beier ^ ^ ^ ^ 14798 Rick Bernstein 4 4 7 DNS 7 32.00 Gerry Paoli, Mike Tribuno ^ ^ ^ ^ 14012 Bob Ohlson 11 7 11 6 8 35.00 Doug Walker, Ryan Stoa ^ ^ ^ ^ 14920 James Chapin 10 DNS 9 7 9 43.00 Erin Morgan, Glen Robertson ^ ^ ^ ^ 14193 Brian Phelan 9 8 10 DNS 10 44.00 Gary Lever, Christina Leiterman ^ ^ ^ ^ 13872 Doug Olson 8 DNF 8 DNF 11 48.00 Kendal Kissel, Barb Strutz ^ ^ ^ ^ 14718 Mark Paoli 12 DNS DNS DNS 12 63.00 Erin Morgan, Glen Robertson ^ ^ ^ ^ 14324 Ben Williams 13 DNS DNF DNS 13 63.00 Deb Aronson, Claire Williams ^ ^ ^ ^ 14260 John Folwell DNF DNS DNS DNS 14 67.00 Rick Allard, crew2 ^ ^ ^ ^ 14089 Arthur Merdinian DNS DNS DNS DNS 15 68.00 Riley Merdinian, Murat Merdinian ^ ^ ^ ^ Number of boats in each race 15 10 12 9 Explaination: DNF - Did Not Finish DNC - Did Not Start DSQ - Disqualified ^ - Race counted
The Dark Side of the Force
The Force that gives us sustenance is the Water park
Interestingly this breeze also brings curious wave
conditions that resemble
14 boats contested this event from
The first race saw Dan Moriarty and Dave Young from
Jen Aljets was so frustrated at the turn of events that she spoke up. It was made clear that Matt had let her down on her 28th birthday she made us we swear to improve. This extra motivation was all it took to tighten the lowers, re-block the mast and set the traveler up for the port tack directly into the chop, thereby creating good luck. Race #2 was a boat handling challenge as conditions deteriorated and Burridge “caught the bus as it left the station” on the first run, eventually building a 3 minute plus margin. It is amazing what you can do to keep the birthday girl happy! Part of this separation was due to bad luck for the Dan, Tobi and Nick Beckmann team who suffered a broken jib halyard wire and still sailed on for two more laps to a 9th place. This would prove to be pivotal in the final standings.
The lunch lull almost convinced us that the conditions were moderating but then things got a bit wild. Race #3 had a rainsquall and steadily increasing breeze. The leeward gate appeared skewed and some fancy last minute boat handling allowed Burridge to sneak inside of Dan Young while Moriarty who had led the whole race chose the unfavored gate. Burridge and Young worked left into the storm and finished 1, 2. The rain brought with it a 15 degree shift that left Moriarty on the outside of this pack where he finished a heartbreaking 3rd while Jim Gagnon from Green Bay put on his own charge to close on the group and finish 4th. The long port tack into the waves was becoming more like a white water rafting journey as cross-waves were intersecting with double peaks and deeper troughs on a regular basis. This was getting fun and these races were all 40 minutes or less to cover the 1.2 miles per leg on the 2x WL course.
While all of this was going on a newcomer to the class, James Chapin was racing in his boat for the first time. He only had his brother on board and was flying the chute in this race. Later at the rum party he said they went fastest “just before the capsize and by the way where do you buy new mast partner blocks?” What a welcome to Lightning-dom!
The last race saw an aggressive prestart and “go left show” that rewarded boat handling as some boats were taking knock downs upwind due to the confused seas and increasingly unstable, blasting puffs with near auto tacks. On the first downwind one aggressive gybe to port was met with a 45 degree header that shifted the apparent wind forward almost to the beam with the top boats all on high plane aiming at the gate. Although this only lasted for 1 minute it paid a huge reward to those who had positioned themselves well and left a “you hadda be there” aura with those who experienced it. Sailing upwind was a gear-shifting chore to keep the boats on their feet. We resorted to easing the jib out to the speader tip and opening the bailer to keep moving!
Ian Schillebeeckx had been listening to his dad, Marc, talk
about his days sailing on the
The evening’s entertainment was a hot, hearty, lasagna meal and surprise 50th birthday Mount Gay Rum bash (remember the one at the ’99 NAs?) for Terry Burke. Terry was truly surprised and many limes lost their lives in the ensuing slaughter!
The standings were interesting with Burridge owning a
3-1-1-1 record, Young from
Team Yeti’s goal (Burridge,
Murphy and Aljets) was to honor our friend, fellow competitor and grand master
of Lightning racing for so many years, Augie Paoli. We are delighted that we
could have a strong performance with his sons Gerry, Mark and Tom Paoli all
present. The Schillebeeckx family organized a tremendous event and PRO John
Woodworth and his team made it all look easy with perfect race management and
minimal waiting (which helped us all stay warm). We very much appreciate our out
of town guests from
14834 - Yeti