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Little Berlin Yacht Club did it again. On Father’s Day weekend we hosted 38 boats at our annual regatta, including 16 Flying Scots, 9 Thistles, 9 Single-handed, and 4 Highlanders. The club went all out in hospitality starting on the Friday night before the regatta and breakfast Saturday morning. Visitors from as far away as western Michigan and Illinois made the trek to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control lake in northeastern Ohio.
The races were scheduled to begin at 1:00 on Saturday afternoon, but someone forgot to alert the wind. Little shafts of air that didn’t always show up on the water slowly moved the boats across the water. At first in the Thistle fleet there were a few changes of the lead, but Ron Fiedler with crew Barry Leven found one of those shafts on the far right side and rode it all the way to the windward mark without having to tack.They ended up finishing about 20 minutes before anyone else. One shorted race was enough for the afternoon. (Of course the wind came up about ten minutes after the Race Committee sent us in for the day.)
Saturday evening included an hors d’oeuvres buffet, folk music entertainment by Lisa Miller, and watching the more than 20 little ones in the playground who accompanied their sailing parents.
Sunday had actual wind for us to use and the race committee was able to get off 3 races before noon. The big decision each leg was which way to go around the closed start/finish line on the modified windward/leeward course. Consistency ruled the day and put Kyle Finefrock in an easy lead. Ben France was held back by a mid-fleet finish in Saturday’s drifter. Father’s Day made no difference as Kyle finished ahead of his father, Jack in each race, although by only one place in 3 of the 4 races.
Thanks go to the members of Berlin Yacht Club for putting on a great event, especially to organizer Ken Miller and Race Committee Chief, Gary Steinbach. Get it on your schedule for Father’s Day weekend next year.
Berlin Yacht Club is a sailing club located in North Benton, Ohio, on beautiful Berlin Lake. We are a casual, family-friendly organization. Sailors from all walks of life, ages 8 to 80, participate in activities at Berlin Yacht Club. These activities include sailboat races, day sailing, cover dish dinners on Sunday after sailing, open house Discover Sailing Days, Junior Sail Camp, picnics and more. The club has been in continuous existence for over 60 years.
Sailboat races are held on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. Our sailing season runs from late April though Labor Day. We meet on Wednesday nights at the launch area around 6:00 p.m. and races start on the water at 7:00 p.m. Hot dogs and other refreshments are served after Wednesday night sailing at the clubhouse. We meet on Sunday afternoons at the launch area around 1:00 p.m., and races start on the water on the water at 2:00 p.m. Members gather at the clubhouse after sailing on Sunday for a cover dish dinner and social time with the other members.
Click the "Join Us" link for information about member benefits and how to become a member of Berlin Yacht Club.
Wow in case you missed it!
Our 1st 2016 singlehanded evening (aka the 3 B's) races of the summer kicked off with, are you sitting down? 15 boats racing and one of our racers working the committee boat for a total of 16 out enjoying a beautiful evening of racing.
We got 4 races in with Lasers, Laser Radials, Force 5's, and a Mirror Dingy. Would not be surprised to see 20 boats on the line starting very soon. Come join in the fun!
Hope to see you Tuesday