2018 OktoberFast Sunfish Regatta at Hueston Woods Regatta Recap
Posted October 08, 2018
It took some refiguring, some number crunching, and some philosophical gymnastics about regatta scoring, but after all the cyphering was done, ladies and gentlemen, we have a certified final list for the 2018 OktoberFast Sunfish Regatta, hosted by the Hueston Sailing Association near College Corner, Ohio.
After day one the only finish that was never in doubt was the eventual champion's - Laura Beebe. She started on Saturday with five bullets in five races and then coasted to victory on Sunday. Only Samantha Marks and Brian Callahan were serious challengers on Saturday. On Sunday, someone finally broke her run of bullets when Bill Molleran showed up after missing day one and took the first race of the day.
Mike Stratton took the second race's top spot but then Jim Richter from Indianapolis showed up late in that race, took fifth after starting last, and then proceeded to win the last two races in his very fast, Snipe rigged Sunfish. Beebe didn't get any more bullets on Sunday, but she did stay near enough to the top to win OktoberFast by 12 points over the nearest boat.
Some of the most amazing wind accompanied this regatta. On Saturday there was plenty of it, most of the time, but it was the wild west as far as shifts. Three tacks into headers was normal going upwind. On Sunday, it was just as remarkable but in the exact opposite way. Race one yesterday was maybe the first race anyone at HSA can remember where the wind was a steady 6-8 mph without the slightest hint of a wind shift. That changed by race two but not much. By race four it was back to good ole 180 shift Acton Lake.
Committee chair Pete Peters had the course under control, however, and the nine races were all good contests. He was ably assisted by Rose Schultz, Bobbie Bode, and the inimitable Roger Henthorn. The lasagna dinner Saturday and meals on Sunday were courtesy of the Hueston Room's number one chef and short order cook JoAnn Callahan and her sous chef Linda Peters.