2013 Tradewinds Open Cat Midwinter Nationals
Islander Resort, January 19-21, 2013
It was a brand new venue for the Annual Tradewinds, as the regatta moved across the street and down the road a piece to the Islander Resort Hotel on the Ocean Side of the fabulous Keys. Islander Watersports headed up by Dennis Green asked the regatta over after they had lost their beach at Founders Park, which is owned and operated by the Village of Islands -- Islamorada.
The regatta normally scheduled Friday through Sunday had to be moved to accommodate the A Class Regatta that would not conclude until Friday afternoon. This put the Tradewinds in a position to settle for Saturday through Monday, which normally you would not thing would be a problem inasmuch as Monday is a holiday -- Martin Luther King Day. It may take some rethinking -- of the 63 registered boats for the weekend, only 40 sailed on Monday. That is a lot of the fleet to lose to attrition.
The hotel makes a fine place to have a regatta with their huge beach and open water. The hotel and Islander Watersports bent over backward to make everyone happy. Unlike Founders Park where after the races everyone had a beer and then split for various hotels, there was much more camaraderie with most staying at the hotel or very nearby.
The weather was ideal, as it almost always is in the Keys. Temperatures ranged in the upper 70s and while the winds were not as strong as you would expect for Tradewinds, they were certainly very sailable. On Saturday for the first start the winds were 8-12 mph, but soon lessened to around 5 mph when the races were about half way over. They picked back up to around 7 mph to finish off the day.
On Sunday the winds again were 8-10 mph but totally died around 3 pm. The H16s sailed a shortened course, while the rest of the fleets on both the Yellow and Orange Courses sailed full races.
Monday morning the water looked like glass. But, Regatta Manager, Rick White motored out to set marks nonetheless and took a ready farther out. It was averaging 8 mph out of the North. By starting time the wind had shifted to the Southeast and was around 8 mph, building all morning to 12 mph by finishing time.
All in all it was a great weekend of sailing.
Much thanks to local artist Dan Henderson who designed and made the trophies. They were incredibly awesome -- he painted the scene looking out from the Islander Resort on coconuts, with great detail of the Islander Watersports shack, sailboats, palm trees, clouds and birds. Henderson said it took him six weeks to do them.., and they are indeed a work of art. A trophy that should be cherished.
In good winds of 8-10 mph out of the north, Sandra Tartaglino and young Matthew Whitehead jumped into the lead and held it to finish for the first of her three bullets for the series. Beth and Karl Langefeld held on to 2nd place for the race, followed in by youngsters Jason D'Agostino and Dalton Tebo.
Below is a series of the F18 fleet approaching the leeward gate
From thereon it was the young boys that pretty much dominated play for the day, taking two bullets to round out the three races for the day. Tartaglino slipped into 10th and 4th to drop back to 4th in the standings Meanwhile Mike Krantz and Laura Muma stayed in the top of the fleet all day and moved into second place with 13 points. David Ingram and Mark Herendeen were close behind Krantz and Muma with 14 points and third place overall.
The second day again started out nicely, but the winds died to nothing by 3 pm. D'Agostino/Tebo finished the day awesomely with two seconds and a bullet, putting them up by four points over second place Tartaglino/Whitehead, who took finishes of 3-1-2. Krantz and Muma held on to third overall
On the last day the water looked like a mirror from shore. But offshore the winds were averaging 8 mph. Seemed that most of the fleet were a bit slow to get moving and many were late for the start. If you are familiar with the administration of this regatta, the RC likes to start at the time published. And both the Yellow Course (F16, F18, Open, A Class) and the Orange Course (H16, Waves) started at the published 10 AM time.
D'Agostino/Tebo were there for the start and took the bullet, pretty much sealing a victory overall. Tartaglino/Whitehead were one of the late boats, but did start, albeit late, and did finish. They went on to win the next race and take a fourth for the last race to finish in second place overall behind the youth sailors.
Christopher Slocke and Bryan White had some good races the last two days despite some bad finished on the first day, and hung in there to round out the podium in third place, just two points ahead of Ingram/Heredeen
Youngsters again are taking over the sailing scene, in case you are one of those claiming there is no new blood coming into the catamaran scene. Sophia and Nico Schultz started right off dominating on the first day with excellent starts and great finishes of 1-1-2. Matt and Gina McDonald gave chase and were only two points behind the youngsters after the first day of racing.
Day Two was a little different story. The McDonalds stepped up their aggression on the starts and took two bullets and a second, while the kids took two seconds and a bullet to end the day in a tie between the two teams. Jack Famiglietti and Aaron Burnett were staying close behind the dueling leaders in third spot
The last day Famiglietti/Burnett were at the course on time and won the first two races. The Schultz Team were late but still managed two more 2nd place finishes and rounded out the event with another ace. The McDonalds were late for the first race yet managed to creep through the fleet and finish in 3rd place. They rounded out the event with another 3rd and a second to finish second overall behind the Schutz kids, and Famiglietti/Burnett took 3rd spot overall
Tom Korz and Laurence Liebel teamed up and looked great on the first day taking two bullets and a 6th place to lead the field. Ken Hilk and Morgan Miller were four points behind in second place, just mere points ahead of Eric Raybon/Mike evans, Herb James/Darcy Jerry, Greg Raybon/Nancy Komblum and Trey James/Emily Nuss.
One the second day of this very tight racing group in the dying wind Sean and Kathleen Tracy came alive with finishes of 1-2-1 to take a slim lead of one point over Korz/Liebel and Raybon/Evans, who were tied for the second spot.
And then came the last day when everyone decided to get off to a slow start. Only three of fourteen boats showed up for the first start, and they finished the first race of the day in the following order: the Tracy Team, Hilk/Miller and Raybon/Evans.
Nine teams started the last three races of the final day. Korz/Liebel got it back together and took finishes os 1-3-2 to win overall by two points ahead of Raybon/Evens. The Trace Team rounded out the podium.
This is such a competitive class, never knowing who is going to be rock star for that particular event. There have been many regattas where a sailor that has normally been finishing in the top third of the class just takes over and dominates a regatta. Then at the next regatta it seems another one of those top third folks will dominate.
Well, a star was born. Kenny Pierce put it all together and took Aces in 14 out of 16 races, totally dominating the class. Where were the other Rock Stars, i.e., Leah White, John Sherry, Charlie Trinque or Dave White. They were all giving chase, but Pierce just walked on the fleet. The RC thought they heard the sounds of an electric motor as he went by.., just kidding.
So, the real competition was for second spot. The Waves got in four races on the first day, ending in a three way tie for the second spot between Dave White, Ray Matuszak and Leah White.
On the dying wind day the fleet again got in four more races, all won by Pierce. Dave White had a 4-2-2-2 to take command of the 2nd spot, with Ray Matuszak and Leah White tied for third, six points behind Dave White
Almost all of the Wave Class was on time for the start on the last day. Leah White opted to stay ashore and Charlie Trinque headed back to Pensacola Beach. Needless to say Pierce rolled on to three more bullets and a second, Dave White held on to the second place spot and rounding out the podium was Ray Matuszak.
The class consisted of two Nacra Inter 20s and a Hobie Miracle. Joe Procreva and Patrick Pentengill (N20) took all the marbles, followed in by Seth and Noah Herzon (N20), and third went to Buzz Wentz and Halle Minshall on the H20.
A Class Fleet
Five boats signed up for the class, braving more sailing after an entire preceding week of racing. Bailey White won the first race, followed by Ben Hall, Jeff Meyers and Skip Kaub. At the end of the first day Hall and White were tied with 5 points each, followed by Meyers.
On the second day the fleet all disappeared except for Hall, who obviously took all three races and won the class. White was second and Meyers 3rd.
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A Class Cat Fleet
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