The final day of the A-Class Catamaran North American Championship at Fort Walton Yacht Club had light to medium winds with two races sailed in a 6-10 knot SE seabreeze. The first race attempt started at 10:15 AM in a dying easterly and was abandoned after one lap. The race committee waited one hour and allowed the sea breeze to fill in before re-starting the racing for the day.
In the first race, Pease Glaser showed that if all of the races had been sailed in less than 10 knots, she might have dominated it. Pease came off middle of the starting line and worked the left side of the first beat. She had a 40 yard lead at the weather mark and never looked back finishing with over a 200 yard lead on the 2nd place boat. She was followed across the line by Pete Melvin, Matt Struble, Ben Moon, and Woody Cope.
The last race saw a bit more wind. The breeze shifted to the right after the start skewing the course a bit and causing a bunch of sailors who had gone left on the first beat to overlay the weather mark. Andrew Gaynor played the shift the best and rounded in first followed closely by Jay Glaser, Craig Yandow, and Lars Guck. These four battled for the lead for the rest of the race while being shadowed by Pease Glaser in 5th. At the finish it was Lars in first followed by Jay, Andrew, Craig, and Pease.
Final top five (as posted, 42 competitors):
1. Lars Guck - 10
2. Pete Melvin - 26
3. Matt Struble - 28
4. Andrew Gaynor - 42
5. Bob Hodges - 52
Top Master (over 50) - Bob Hodges
Top Grand Master (over 60) - Woody Cope
"Intergalactic" Winner (mid-fleet champion) - Jim Leonard
Thanks again to Fort Walton Yacht Club for putting on a flawless event. PRO Tom Garner's race committee team were simply outstanding. There were only two general recalls during the event and there were no protests filed. Regatta chairmen Sam and Jennifer Grant made sure that shore activities (measurement, registration, food, beverages, etc.) were in place and competitor's needs were handled. They did an outstanding job as well.
Full results as well as pictures are now posted at http://www.fwyc.org/Regattas2009/acatna/index.html.