It was billed as something of a showdown between three of Hueston Sailing Association's best Sunfish sailors. The Young Gun vs. the Ex-Collegiate vs. the Perennial Champ. The Young Gun is Kevin DeArmon - the one who ran away with June's Founder's Day Sunfish Regatta and followed that with some nifty skippering in his dad's Y-Flyer the next weekend.
The Ex-Collegiate one (Miami University' sailing team) is Laura Beebe, last year's Sunfish Series champ who sails in the 2014 All World Blue and Gold boat that sends shivers of dread through her competitors' hearts. The Perennial Champ is none other than Bill Molleran - he whose name appears so much on HSA's OktoberFast Sunfish Regatta traveling trophy. The only year he didn't win it, he wasn't entered.
When all the July 8th Camptown Races Sunfish Regatta points had been tallied, Kevin the Young Gun had faltered, the victim of a 12th place finish in a disastrous race 2. The Perennial Champ Molleran won two of the four races but a sixth place in race 2 left him just one point ahead of the collegian after 3 of 4 races. He had to beat her in the last race to win it all.
And he was in great position to do just that going into the final leg to the finish after leading the whole way. With Roger Henthorn, Megan DeArmon and Beebe on both of his hips, Molleran succumbed to a wind shift that favored Beebe. She crossed just ahead of him. He fended off Henthorn and DeArmon by a literal bow nose but the damage had been done.
His 2nd place to Beebe dropped him into a tie for first. The first tiebreaker was indecisive since he and Beebe had taken two bullets apiece. It fell to the second tiebreaker, who beat who in the last race, and Beebe was Camptown Sunfish Champion.
(Hueston Sailing Association is near Oxford, Ohio and will host the 2017 Midwest Regional Championship #2 at the end of September)