Summer Series, July 24, 2011

Posted in: News, 2011 Race Results
Tere 3 great races Sunday. The heat on shore was horrible, but out on the bay it was breezy and almost cool!

Gerhard with a wrapped ankle, limping, and on pain medication won the first race.

Robin nosed by Clay at the finish line win the 2nd race.

Chris Snowber in Aurora nosed by Clay and Robin to win the 3rd very tight race.

(Note: Andrew Resnik was on the wire. Chris did a great job keeping the boat from tipping over. )

Race Results

Race 1
203
0
201

Race 2
0
49
203
201

Race 3
201
49
203
0

Total
0     7 pts
203 7 pts
201 8 pts
49   9 pts


Nelson Parks Regatta, July 17, 2011

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Nelson Parks Regatta

Six Chesapeake 20s participated in Nelson Parks Regatta on July 17, 2011 which honors the builder of the first glass 20s.  The wind was very light and shifty from the west in the cove.  Gracie went right and caught a wind shift out of the creek to take the first race, but after that it generally paid to go left and get streaks of wind and puffs out of West River.  In the light conditions, there were plenty of changes in the lead.  It was tight competition until the final race when the usual southerly filled in, and a short and fast race took place across the cove.  In this race, starting near the far pin and getting the lift out of the Bay paid off with Gracie and then Stormy getting to the weather mark first and second.

We had a excellent race committee and they worked hard to get the five races off on time and set true courses in the very shifty conditions.  In general, the racing conditions were pleasant with temperature in the 80s and low humility.

Race Results

Nelson Parks Regatta
July 17, 2011

Boat
Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Position
Gracie
1
3
1
4
1
1
Stormy
3
4
2
1
2
2
Osprey
4
1
4
2
3
3
Endeavor
2
2
3
3
4
4
Contrary
5
5
5
5
5
5
Heather
6
DNF/7
DNS/7
DNS/7
DNS/7
6


Down River and Rock Hall Regatta

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The down river race from Chestertown to Rock Hall was a drifter and took six hours with Stormy leading the Chesapeake 20s at the shorten finish.  Osprey won the two day regatta that was also very light winds, with Endeavor and Stormy in second and third.  The most exciting part of the weekend event on June 10-12 was the thunderstorms on the tow back to West River.  See details on the regatta below.

Nationals and Cap'n Dick Hartge Regatta

Posted in: 2010 Race Results

Nationals and Cap’n Dick Hartge Regatta

Yesterday September 26, 2010, the Chesapeake 20s held their Nationals and Cap’n Dick Hartge Regatta.  The weather was unpredictable which ran the gamut from small craft warnings to moderate northerly with overcast and light rain to gradual clearing.  The racing could not have been better, especially without the oppressive summer heat.  Winds were up and down, with plenty of holes and dramatic gusty shifts from 10 to 18 knots.

Several Chesapeake 20 teams bowed out given the unsettled conditions, but seven hardly 20s held five races in a shifty and verring northerly, challenging upwind mark roundings on the lee shore and dramatic gusts including all out planning downwind in the final race.  Generally, a good start, sailing up the middle on lifts and favoring the right with more pressure appeared to be the winning upwind strategy.  Surprisingly, going right with more pressure downwind paid off (the opposite of upwind).

With Robin’s designations, competitors were:   Captain Sterling "Young Man" Schlegel with his father on the wire and a girl friend;  Captain Ted "High Energy" Weihe with Alex DeTessieres; Captain Andrew "Boom Boom" Resnick; Captain Clay "Yellow Bird" Taylor with his family as crew; Captain Gerhard "Speedy Link" Klose; and Captain Robin “C-20 World Champion” Hartge.  Not on the list was Peter “Too Fast” Bell with his heavy Hartge Yacht Yard crew.

Peter Bell Jr. in #205 Kit had mostly firsts and won the Nationals and Cap’n Dick Hartge Regatta with seven points.  He had excellent starts, powered through the gusts and hit the lifts.  Ted Weihe came in second in #26 Stormy; going upwind faster with her new heavy centerboard with 12 points.  Robin Hartge finished third in “0” Spirit with 14 points.  They were followed in order by: #202 Resolute; #203 Osprey; #49 Endeavor and #32 Contrary.

Robin Hartge did a wonderful job in organizing the regatta, and along with Ruth provided their award winning chili at the after-race social hour.  Jim Capron, former president of U.S. Sailing, not only did a masterful job as race chair but also provided his own committee boat.  Suzanna and one of her many cousins along with Chris Snowber, who took dozens of pictures, provided excellent starts.  Cap’n VK Holtzendorf ran the crash boat in Robin’s powerboat.

The regatta was fitting conclusion for the season which has the hottest anyone can remember which kept down attendance.  Next up is the Fall Meeting in early November.  Stay tuned to a notice by President Clay Taylor.

Ted Weihe
 

 

 

 


West River Annual Regatta, 2010

Posted in: 2010 Race Results

West River Billy Heintz Annual Regatta

 

We thought that we would update those who were unable to make last weekend’s WRSC Annual Regatta.  We had five Chesapeake 20s for all three days: Osprey, Resolute, Spirit, Contrary and Picardy.  Despite fears about Earl, we towed up to SSA in a slight rain and headwinds with choppy seas (got really wet).  Everyone assembled at SSA for lunch and several of us went to APS to buy warmer cloths and in Alex Shafer’s case, some new lines for Resolute.

 

We got a good start at 1:30 PM.  My strategy was to go directly to Tolly Point and broad reach to Thomas Point.  Alex and his girl friend, Laura, took the middle course.  We knew we had a favorable current – so it was distance compared to current advantage.  Gerhard Klose in Osprey went way out into the Bay and cruised along faster with a .8 knot current and less chop.  At Thomas Point, he got the favorable wind first out of West River.  We all trapezed into West River before hitting the calm off Tenthouse Creek.

 

Osprey and Resolute were in tight competition with Picardy keeping ahead of Spirit.  At the finish, the race committee wanted everyone to go around a mark off West River Marina which was not part of the SIs.  Resolute got to the mark first with a quick downwind tack and beat Osprey.  But, the race committee saw their mistake and awarded the first place to Osprey.  Finishers in order were: Osprey, Resolute with Laura driving, Picardy, Spirit and Contrary.

 

On Saturday, a major front came through.  Picardy, Resolute and Spirit ventured out without jibs and it was just too much.  Picardy turned back, and Resolute and Spirit had lunch on Robin’s powerboat.  Wind moderated to the upper teens as we watched Resolute sailing around.  Several of us decided to join her and race in the inner cove course.  We called Robin and he was working on his powerboat, so Resolute, Picardy and Contrary held two very short races with Osprey going back in since he had a very light crew.

 

On Sunday, conditions could not have been better with winds in the mid-teens.  The wind backed all day.  In the initial race with the weather mark at junction of Rhode River and the cove, the strategic question was, "Would the wind give a lift out of Rhode River or from West River cove?I picked Rhode River and it was wrong with Resolute with Sterling Schlegel at the helm getting the lift out of the cove.  Basically, the second race was similar – can’t I learn.  But, by third race, the shift was more pronounced and I went way left and won.  Resolute had all aces except for the second to Picardy.  I had all seconds and a first in the four races.  I am not sure of the other finishes, but Spirit, not racing on Saturday, came in third with one throw out.

 

The Chesapeake 20 fleet had a great social hour after the races – congratulating Carol McCullough on running a great regatta despite dire predictions from Earl and a major cold front coming across the country.  What a relief to be sailing in 70 and 80 degree weather instead of near triple digit weather we have experienced nearly all summer.  


There are two racing days left in the season: this Sunday with a one o'clock start; and the one day regatta honoring Dick Hartge on September 26th with an eleven o'clock start.  Hope to see you there.


Ted and Suzanna