On Tuesday June 28th The Double Handed Fungatta kicked off the Official Summer Regatta Season at WPSA. At one point we had 13 boats with 28 different sailors on the waters directly off the bulkhead at Wet Pants.
At 5:30 we had an informal skippers meeting. This meeting was important, as the rules were modified specifically for this Fungatta. We stuck to a simple Triangle Windward leeward course with three minute starts. However, the first rule was You Must have Fun... if you weren't having fun... do what you needed to have fun... Protest penalties changed to America's Cup racing, if someone got protested, the offending boat could choose to LUFF for ten seconds, then sail on... (rather than doing circles)- this was safer and funner... And if you decided to protest someone, the rule was changed the Rule to you "must inform the other boat by saying, "Please Eat Your Donut" the Word "Protest" would not be valid in this Fungatta. However, I don't think anyone needed to protest...
Racing was fun, fast and surprinsingly close... smiles were seen on all the boats, and Charles commented, "I learned so much by sailing with someone, it was great." Tom and Sue capsized but dry stepped
the boat in the first race, but they didn't avoid the Bay swimming for the second race... Another funny/interesting thing seen was Billy lost his crew right before the finish line... Isa had to swim back to the boat... the finishing whistle wasn't blown until the crew was back on the boat... they still didn't lose a place....(See Definitions for Finishing)
After the racing and sailing, we all gathered in the clubhouse and had food and refreshments, provided by many sailors... the party afterwards was active and full of stories. Fun awards were given out, Dave Perry Sailing Books, Beaded Necklaces, Bottle Openers and Water Blasters...
One Regatta with many fleet trophies... here are the results:
1st Father and Son: Louis and Lou Albertelli
1st Classic Rig: Andrew and Ethan Deutcsh
1st Husband and Wife: Tom and Sue Davison
1st Brother and Sister: Meghan and Colin Caraher
1st Male/Male: Conrad Volle and Charles Kitegi (4th overall)
1st Triple Handed/1st Father Daughters: Joel, Caitlin and Jocelyn Furman
1st Father/Mixed Triplehanded/2nd Triple handed- John, Lindsay and Graham Whitbread
1st Over 80 years combined-(5th Overall) John Breuer and Christine O'Connor
1st Rotating Skipper/Crews- Rick Braille and Ruth Hakanson
1st Laser- Sean and Son
3rd Place Overall- Billy Sesack and Isa Abad Herrara
2nd Place Overall- Brett Doty and Helene Marinello
1st Place Overall- Ryan Messina and Felicia Caccamo
Many people asked to do this again... maybe... but look for our next sailing on Tuesday July 5th! - when the Official Sunfish/420 and Lasers summer series starts- This year it will be only five weeks. After we will still sail, but have different events. Keep reading the emails for notices...