ALTAIR sailed by Captain Jeff Nagle and a crew of five upset last year’s winner DREAMER sailed by David Bierig and Doug Klaber. In a staggered start, short a few boats due to the Tall Ship Weekend, the race went over to the Penninsula, down to the Dobbins Landing area and back to EYC on a beautiful sunny day in puffy southwest winds that saw gusts up to 28knots. Needless to say reefs were in and it was an extremely fast race. WESTERLY captained by Bob Arlet went off the line first followed by PONEMAH captained by Joe Nagle followed by ALTAIR and DREAMER. As the boats rounded the leeward mark the Tall Ship spectators got to see 4 beautifully restored classic wooden boats race by the docks. What a treat.
It wasn’t until two thirds of the way up the windward mark that it became obvious that Dreamer got outpointed by Altair and would not get past ALTAIR to the finish first in time to win. It was a sight to see as these two big wooden boats bore down on the EYC lighthouse with a big bone in their teeth on a full heel woith only seconds separating first place from second.
Following the race a trophy presentation and after party took place at the beautiful Rickloff Community Boathouse where Captain Jeff Nagle and crew received the “Clean Sweep Mop” and trophy for First Place.
Get on board a boat next year! If you missed the EYC Foundation “Raw Bar Party” you didn’t get a chance to bid in the auction for the opportunity to crew in this great race. The Foundation would like to thank these wooden boat owners for their participation and help in raising $1,450 and providing a great day of racing on Presque Isle Bay.
A special thank you goes out to Gib Loesel and his R/C crew for a job well done, Denise Keim aboard ALTAIR for the wonderful professional photographs and the cleanup crew after the party at the Rickloff Community Boathouse.