Corinthian skippers came up big in the standings this past weekend, placing in the top 3 finishers overall for 8 out of 13 midwinter divisions. More than 140 boats showed up on the start line to celebrate the memory of Rob Moore and they were treated to good wind, lots of sunshine, and what ended up being some extremely tactical racing where missing a wind puff or having a bad mark rounding would send you to the back of the fleet.
Finishing at the top of the podium was Don Wieneke onboard Lulu in the hotly contested J105 division and Jim Erskine who found another gear onboard Kira to score 2 consecutive bullets to close out the series in Non-Spin B. Coming in a strong 2nd place was David Halliwill onboard Peregrine in the PHRF 2, Jim Gibbs onboard Moonlight in the Express 27 division, and Ted Goldbeck onboard Just/Em in the CAL20 division. Finishing 3rd was Daniel Thielman onboard Tai Kuai in PHRF 1, Julle Le'Vicki onboard Min Flicka in Non-Spin A, Stephen Spoja onboard Maxine in the Non-Spin C, and Jim Snow onboard Racoon in the CAL20 division.
Although they were not amongst the top finishers, the SheLovesIt team led by David Johnson made the best tactical decision of the regatta on Saturday when the team suddenly found themselves stuck in a wind hole at the final mark and out of beer in the cooler. Unflinching in their resolve, the SheLovesIt team started the engine and raced back to the dock at full speed, making it to their auxiliary beer cooler just in the nick of time before any long term psychological damage was done to the crew.
Racers' Corner by Daniel Thielman