2017 USSCA FL Regional Championship Requires Light Air Wizardry
Posted November 07, 2017
Seven races were conducted over two days in light breeze of 3-8 knots with chop and current, trying conditions for even the most seasoned competitors. Otherwise, the weather was Chamber of Commerce picture perfect with blue skies, a full moon and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Thirty-two competitors, aged 15-70+, enjoyed friendly yet competitive racing on Sarasota Bay, hosted by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.
Katie Nelson, a youth sailor from Davis Island Yacht Club, age 15, placed 8th, competing against other top sailors, all with 30-40+ years of Sunfish sailors. Keep an eye out for Katie as a rising Sunfish star.
Three of the top five sailors were also from DIYC. Gail Heausler finished fifth, Joe Blouin, 4th, and Jeff Linton, first. Filling out the top five were Mindy Strauley, 3rd, and Paul Strauley, 2nd, from Lake Monroe Sailing Association. Lake sailing in light and variable wind obviously helped this weekend. Husband and wife each had 23 points with it coming down to who beat whom in the last race to decide the tie breaker.
Team Florida continues to grow as 6-8 competitors enjoyed their first Sunfish Championship. Women sailors outnumbered male competitors two to one due to the popularity of Sunfish sailing in the women’s sailing clubs in the southwest Florida area, generating new Sunfish sailors eager to race.