Mid Continent Regatta 2010 by Todd Wake
Opening day for Lightning Sailors in the
The thing that struck me most about this regatta was the
number of kids sailing or hanging out at the club. Pete and Kim Orlebeke sailed
very well with their 12 year old son Cole doing middle while little sister
Saturday morning featured grey skies, intermittent rain and lots of ugliness on the radar. PRO Ted Beier did a great job of squeezing in three races between storm cells. We sailed two races before a lunch break (conveniently timed to let a squall pass) and one race after lunch. Race one was sailed in moderate winds that became very unstable near the windward mark. Trying to adjust to the shifts and pressure changes was a challenge in the first race of the year. Tobi Moriarty, sailing with her husband Dan, and Jen Aljets, was the quickest to adapt to the conditions and won the first race. Another highlight was James Chapin taking an unexpected plunge off the side of Matt Burridge’s boat. Race two was a little windier but uneventful in comparison to the first. We won with Tobi second to leaving us tied going into the lunch break.
After a lunch break and a squall we headed out for race three. The wind had freshened since the morning we all had the feeling that it would continue to build. Matt Burridge nailed the start at the boat. We started a few boat lengths below him and it was a drag race to the port tack layline. He held us off the whole leg and rounded the windward mark a couple boat lengths ahead. We were able to jibe inside of Matt due to Kristine’s and Nick Beckman’s excellent crew work. Catching a big puff and right shift first allowed us to slip by Matt. On the final run we were able to extend our lead as the wind started to howl. Steve Weeber who had been sailing an excellent regatta got caught be a puff/shift and executed a spectacular wipe out. As the rescue crew went into action the wind continued to build and the RC decided to send us in for the day.
The rest of the afternoon was spent in the clubhouse hatching the storms on radar and out the window while enjoying appetizers and drinks. Saturday night everyone went to the Legion Bar and Restaurant for a great dinner. If you have never been to Carlyle it’s worth the trip just to experience the Legion. Dinner and drinks for seven cost me $80 and three of us had delicious 12 ounce ribeyes. On Sunday morning a competitor was heard saying “I looked up and the isobars are so close together they are blocking the sun.” With too much wind to sail the regatta was called and all the local sailors helped the traveling teams pack up their boats so we could get an early start on the trip home. The trophies were some of the best ever, Tervis Tumblers! We can’t wait to go back again next year.
CARLYLE SAILING ASSOCIATION Lightning Fleet 266 2010 Mid Continent Regatta 3 Races in series. 0 Races needed to qualify. 3 Races scored. 14 Boats registered 14 Boats participated in races Sail Skipper Date Place Score # "Crew, Crew" 4/24 4/24 4/24 15390 Todd Wake 2 1 1 1 4 "Kristine Wake, Nicholas Beckman" ^ ^ ^ 15364 Tobi Moriarty 1 2 6 2 9 "Dan Moriarty, Jenifer Aljets" ^ ^ ^ 14834 Matt Burridge 3 4 2 3 9 "Paul Hansen, James Chapin" ^ ^ ^ 15158 Peter Orlebeke 5 3 4 4 12 "Kim Orlebeke, Cole Orlebeke" ^ ^ ^ 14901 Ian Schillebeeckx 6 5 3 5 14 "Roselyne Schillebeeckx, Mark Schill"ebeeckx ^ ^ ^ 15045 Scott Zerban 10 7 5 6 22 "Carson Menges, Courtney Menges" ^ ^ ^ 15317 Steve Weeber 4 6 DNF 7 25 "Donna Weeber, Stan Cummins" ^ ^ ^ 14766 Ian Moriarty 11 8 7 8 26 "Edd Burke, Caleb Leonard" ^ ^ ^ 15308 Bill Killebrew 8 10 9 9 27 "Mike Osborne, Kathy Osborne" ^ ^ ^ 15202 Bill Buckles 7 11 11 10 29 "Greg Florian, Colin Florian" ^ ^ ^ 14614 John Folwell 9 12 10 11 31 "Mark Paoli, Joe Bartman" ^ ^ ^ 14798 Rick Bernstein DNF 9 8 12 32 "Rob Zerban, Jacob Bernstein" ^ ^ ^ 14009 John Sepanski 12 13 DNC 13 40 "Erica Sepanski, Andrea Sepanski" ^ ^ ^ 14705 Michael Reed DNF DNF DNC 14 45 "Susan Reed, Kevin Gunn" ^ ^ ^ Number of boats in each race 14 14 12 Explaination: DNF - Did Not Finish DNC - Did Not Come to Start DSQ - Disqualified ^ - Race counted