2016 Southeast Regional won by Sonya Dean

Posted May 26, 2016

Sunfish South East Regional Championship at Osprey Yacht Club May 21-22, 2016:

Competitors arrived at the Dockside parking area Friday afternoon and transported their Sunfish to A dock ready for an early start the next morning. Several rigged and practiced. The Pizza Party followed and allowed old friends to chat and make weather predictions. Hosts and hostesses met their guests and took them to their 'Hospitality Housing.'

At the Skippers Meeting Saturday morning careful weather analysis led to a one hour delay. Skippers enjoyed breakfast and then launched. The first race began in light air but after an hour of sitting to leeward and praying for even a small puff an unbelievable 180 degree wind shift brought the fleet together at the "windward" (now leeward) mark. The course was shortened and the light air was gone for good. Two races followed while the rain held off.

Sailors and their families attended the Docktails Buffet under the tent in Marina Park. Several remarked it was the best regatta dinner they ever had. They found the friendly outgoing nature of our residents to be exceptional.

Sunday breakfast was followed by a now efficient launch system with sailors handing down boats to waiting hands on our new "G" floating dock. Again the weather cooperated with a healthy Northerly and three more races were sucessfully orchestrated by our very competent Race Committee.

The scoring was completed while racers packed their boats and an Awards Party was held at the Marina Park Barbeque Pit. Beautiful stained glass Sunfish trophies from 'Blue Ridge Glassworks' were awarded to sailors from Oriental, New Bern, Raleigh, and New York. Parting remarks included statements like "Best Regional ever..." and "Hope you will do it again..." Many thanks to all who helped make this event a success, especially our RC Boat and Mark Boat crews and a very competent Race Committee.

Order of Finish: Southeast Regional May 21-22, 2016 Osprey YC at Albemarle Plantation, Hertford, NC

1. Sonya Dean

2. Rob Eberle

3. Brian McGinnis

4. Paul Welles

5. George Midyette

6. Courtney Young

7. George Sechrist          

8. John Meyer

9. Alex Dean

10. Michael Poulnot

11. Jack Bond

12. Frank Patch

13. Mark Evans

14. Kevin McNamara

15. Bonnie McKee

16. Brian Burgess


Nancy Young, RC Scoring Chair
Courtney Young, Regatta Chair

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