Dave Mendelblatt Captures 2016 Florida Regionals

Posted November 07, 2016

Florida Regional Sunfish Championship Regatta

November 5-6, 2016

Davis Island Yacht Club

A total of 35 Sunfish sailed in Chamber-of-Commerce weather conditions at the 2016 Sunfish Florida Regionals, with skippers aging between 13 to 70-ish. Dave Mendelblatt posted an impressive string of bullets (4 firsts out of seven races) to win the event by 4 points.

Full sunshine and straight-legged hiking marked the first 4 races on Saturday. Jeff Olson (the US Junior Champion in 1993) won the first race, mixing it up at the front of the fleet with past NA Champs Dave Mendelblatt and Jeff Linton.

It was a competitive fleet, with Gail Heausler, fresh from her Women's NA's win, keeping all top-ten finishes, while youngster Abby Hayward nearly beat her father Andy, racking up a 3rd place finish in the lighter/variable breeze on Sunday.  

Final Scores

Top 5 finishers

Left to right: Abby Hayward (Top Junior), Andy Hayward (Abby's dad),  Dave Dunn, Gail Heusler, Jeff Linton, Jeff Olson, Dave Mendelblatt.

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