Photo by Mike Ferring: Michigan’s Jim Irwin races his Sunfish in the USSCA West Regional, earning 3rd Place!
AYC’s first ever Dinghy Days event at Lake Pleasant was held last weekend with 24-boats competing, including 10-Lasers and 3-Portsmouth boats, and 11-Sunfish that sailed in the US Sunfish Class Association West Region World Championship Qualifier, with Sunfish sailors visiting from CA, CT, MI, TX, and WA!
Nice winds on Saturday enabled each fleet to finish 3 to 6-races. Sunday morning, on the other hand, dawned with 20-knot winds churning up a 3-foot chop on the lake – rough conditions for dinghies resulting in many capsizes and related challenges. One crazy race was completed before securing for the day.
Overall, it was a really fun weekend of sailing, socializing, and camaraderie. Everyone seemed to enjoy the opportunity to sail our little boats on our big lake in gorgeous Arizona November weather. Several Laser sailors RV camped for the weekend, and another hearty bunch of sailors pitched tents at “Camp Sunfish” under the class flag.
Congratulations to our Top Finishers:
- Sunfish: Les Piehl (Fleet 632, San Diego) won his SECOND West Regional in as many years, securing his berth in the World Championship in Ecuador next year. One-point behind Les was Fleet 632’s Larry Schmitz, and taking third was Jim Irwin, visiting from Michigan.
- Laser: Joel Hurley claimed first place, taking 6-bullets in 7-races! Gordon Briner sailed into second place, with Jon Krahulik claiming third.
- Portsmouth: Tony Chapman took first place, with fellow Buccaneer sailor Bruce Lee right behind him in 2nd place, and Joel Oglesbee in third.
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And thanks to our Race Committee who did a fantastic job, and in trying conditions on Sunday morning: PRO Mike Ferring and his “assistant” Maryellen Ferring, and volunteers Michael Zaglool (a new AYC member!), Ron and Michelle Couch, and our Mark-set boat skippers John Pearson and Marshall Williamson, and Whaler crewman Adam Moffitt.
To our members and friends of AYC who sailed – and especially those who travelled long distances to join us – THANK YOU. And special thanks to everyone that pitched-in to support the event. The feedback from participants suggests Dinghy Days is worth dialing into our calendar again next year, so if you missed the fun, you’ll have another chance next fall.
As the post-race beverages and laughter flowed Saturday night, Sunfish sailor Shannon Nardi offered up a toast that nicely summed it up… it went something like this: “There are good ships and wood ships, and ships that sail the seas. But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be!”