Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association held the third and final Mid Atlantic Sunfish Regional Championship Regatta on June 17-18 in Dewey Beach, Delaware. Rehoboth Bay is one of the best dinghy venues anywhere. While participation was lower than expected (six sailors) it was quite a successful and competitive regatta. All six races were sailed on Saturday, due to high winds on Sunday. Dave Racine, the PRO, ran a great regatta; with straight starting lines, several different courses throughout the day, triangle, Olympic and windward-leeward, and managing to get the necessary number of races on the first day to allow for a throw-out. Many thanks to Dave!
The wind started out light and shifty, and the first two races had all six boats crossing the finish line within seconds of each other. There were multiple wind shifts, a few ‘holes’ and lots of jockeying for position early in the day. As the winds built, the courses were longer, and there was more separation in the fleet. During the last race, ominous looking clouds from the southwest end of the bay brought a rain squall right through the fleet on the last leg. The wind blew a steady 25, and gusted to 35 mph, and the rain was so hard it felt like hail. Some boats even had trouble seeing the finish line. Everyone managed to finish the race with no mishaps or broken parts, and that ended up being the final race of the regatta.
A special highlight of the weekend was Shelly’s famous gourmet dinner at her house. Shelly and her husband Steve fed and entertained all the sailors, Race Committee, and volunteers at her house; just as she did for the Women’s Sunfish NA’s in Sept. 2015. Thanks Steve and Shelly!
The final finishes were so close that 2nd thru 5th places were all a point apart, with one tie thrown in.
Sixth place went to Connie Miller, the renowned Lewes Yacht Club sunfish sailor and regatta guru, with 24 points. John Barrere from Severn Sailing Association came in fifth place (tied for fourth) with 17 points. Fourth place went to Dave Thompson from Lavelette YC in NJ with 17 points. (Special thanks to Dave for persevering after a wheel came off of his trailer on the drive down to Delaware.) Rick Struse, also from Severn S A, came in third place with16 points. Local Lewes/Rehoboth sunfish and laser sailor JR (June Rose) Futcher came in second place with 15 points, and first place went to RBSA local Nancy Hastings Jaywork with 5 points. With such a small fleet, there were enough trophies for everyone!