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.