2013 Spring Tune Up Regatta

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We kicked off the Potomac Yacht Racing Council (PYRC) racing season with our QYC Spring Tune Up Race. For many of us it was a chance to get back into the swing of things, and for others a chance to start breaking in new crew. I would be remiss if I did not mention the expected superior performance of Good Trade, Evergreen, Moovin and Runneth Over as they all came down and visited and finished in the money. I will also note that Music Maker, Liquidity and Pixie Dust also excelled on the day and made the QYC proud especially in the second race. One thing I mentioned in the pre-race work up was that consistency and not making mistakes are key to winning and all of these boats exhibited that.

Many thanks to Ian for being a great committee boat, although I wondered if at the start of the second race if he was not regretting it for a few seconds. Te-Keel-La was about 25 yards away crossing the line when we looked right to see Runneth Over, Evergreen and Good Trade all locked in a starting duel within feet of each other and all of them were within feet of Ian and his boat. Post-race I joked with Ian that I thought he would be making an emergency call to the factory to get some gel coat as three crazy racers had just scraped it all off of his boat. But, as we see many times in sailboat racing, everyone pushed it to the limit and no harms and no fouls were committed. But, it was a totally amazing start – I just wish someone had caught it on video.

For the day we had awesome wind in the 5-15 knot range all day. After the second race the wind just died and since folks wanted to get in to enjoy the open house festivities I decided against a 3rd race. Just as everyone was furling their sails the wind piped up again to make it look like we should have run that race.

2013   SPRING TUNE UP RACE – Non-Spinnaker

Boat

Skipper

Club

Type

1 Good   Trade Robert Lang

QYC

Pearson   31-2
2 Evergreen Bob   Donaldson

MPSA

Irwin 31
3 Music   Maker Charles   Hazard

QYC

Catalina   309
4 Liquidity Sean   McNulty,

QYC

Beneteau   49
5 Te-Keel-La Ray   Williams

QYC

Catalina   310
6 Pixie   Dust Ken   Beutel

QYC

Hunter   33
7 Stacy   Lynn Ray Boisvert

QYC

Pearson   30

 

2013   SPRING TUNE UP RACE – Spinnaker

Boat

Skipper

Club

Type

1 Runneth   Over Bill   Davenport

DISC

AMF 2100
2 Moovin’ Thomas   Cordell

PSC

Olson   911
3 Runner Henry   Darrow

Sea   Scouts

Pearson   35

Detailed results of all races are found on our website at http://quanticoyc.org/sailing/ )