Sailboat racing, friends, families, good food and fun.  These are the words which best describe the Berlin Yacht Club Annual Invitational Regatta, and the 2018 BYC Regatta was no exception.  Forty-one sailors from other clubs joined forty-seven BYC members and their families on June 16-17, 2018, at Berlin Lake for a great weekend of sailing, camping and fellowship.  

The Force 5 Midwest Regional Championship was featured in the BYC Regatta this year.  Eight Force 5’s competed on the same course with ten Thistles, twelve Flying Scots, five Highlanders, and six Lasers for a total of 41 boats in all.  PRO Dan Goldberg set a great windward leeward course with a leeward gate and expertly managed three races on Saturday which lasted a total of about three hours.

The weather was warm and sunny all weekend, and the lake filled in with wind around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.  We had 4-5 knots of easterly breeze for the first race, and the wind velocity slowly built to 8-10 knots of wind in a steady direction by the third race.  In short, it was perfect sailing weather.  

It is an annual tradition for families and young children to attend the BYC Regatta.  All weekend families and friends could be seen camping, sailing, swimming, and enjoying the playground and clubhouse facilities.

A fantastic appetizer buffet was enjoyed by all after the Saturday races.  Dinner followed with live folk rock music performed by BYC Member Elaina Garrett and her friend Maddie Troyer.  

No wind on Sunday morning meant no races, but all present agreed it was still a great regatta.  

Here is a link to an album of regatta photos: pix.sfly.com/rpZVOfcJ

Top 3 finishes in all classes were:

Force 5:

Doug Kinzer, Bloomington IN Yacht Club

Jason Breeden, Bloomington IN Yacht Club

Taggart Little, Berlin Yacht Club

Thistle:

Jessie Shedden, Nicole Shedden, Dave DeCamp

Jack Finefrock, Larry Shedden, Dustin Buckenmeyer

Eddie Duckworth, Warren Duckworth, Kathy Buckenmeyer

Flying Scot:

Jim Diffley and Ed Biondillo, Berlin Yacht Club

Frank and Marianne Gerry, Clinton Lake, IL

Ron Craig and Kristi Wollam, Berlin Yacht Club

Highlander:

Rick Myers, Lauren Myers, and Christian Myers, Berlin Yacht Club

Gary Steinbach, Elaine Steinbach and Mark Reed, Berlin Yacht Club

Bob Bauer, Julie Senff, and Ben Senff, Berlin Yacht Club

Laser:

Tim Harrod, Berlin Yacht Club

Joe Garrett, Berlin Yacht Club

Elaina Garrett, Berlin Yacht Club