2007 J80 East Coast Championship

“Frustrating to say the least.”

 

With three days of racing and not much wind, the Annapolis NOODs and the 2007 East Coast Championship went to FKA.  FKA has won this event 2 of the last 3 years.  Even then, it was not easy.  Due to large shifts and larger holes in the breeze during the last race, I think that every boat was in first and last at least once during the race.

 

Once again, we had new faces and old faces in the mix.  It was good to see a diverse range of boats from around the Northeast.  We even recruited Dolphin formally from Texas now from Detroit.

 

Day 1 showed us no breeze.  Cloudy, rain, cold.  It wasn't much fun.  No races but everyone was in good spirits when we got back to the dock.  The tent party held copious amounts of party favors and then everyone made there way back to Eastport Yacht Club, our host, to continue the party until late.

 

Day 2 started off much the same.  No wind.  However, the breeze kept teasing us coming in from the west and north all morning.  Finally, the RC was able to get a race off and there was even decent breeze.  Excitable Boy got off to a huge lead and the rest of the pack spent the remaining 4 legs trying to reel them in.  Dolphin and Angry Chameleon made it very close on Excitable Boy but they held on to win the race, with Dolphin and the Chameleons neck and neck for second and third.

 

Race 2 seemed to be very much like race 1 until we all turned the top mark.  Church Key had a great first leg and the beginning of the run, however, that changed when the wind changed 180 degrees.  The run became another beat and the RC abandoned the race.  They quickly got us off on race number 3.  Once again, this race was looking good.  Halfway up the second beat, the breeze decided to shut off and change direction.  Patience and persistence was the name of this race with the boats on the left winning out in a big way over the boats on the right.  The RC was running out of time to get some races in for this regatta so they chose to let the race finish and Spank Me ended up taking home the bullet.

 

Day 3 dawned with breeze.  As we left the docks, we were able to sail to the race course.  However, we had to wait for it to fill in on our circle.  Race 4 started off with some breeze, big puffs, big shifts and big chop.  It was the most breeze that we saw all weekend.  FKA stepped up and won that race.

 

The final race started out in not much breeze.  The pin seemed to be the place to big with Dragonfly winning it but also hitting it.  They did a circle and then we heard their tactician say, "I know you'll hate me but, there's nothing else we can do, we have to go right."  Do I have to tell you that Dragonfly was first to the top mark and at that point was winning the regatta?  After a furious gybing duel between Dragonfly and Crush going for the finish, Crush was victorious and FKA held on to first for the regatta.

 

We all had a great time even thought the wind did not cooperate.  Everyone had a great time at our host marina Eastport Yacht Club and everyone agreed that they would love to return to EYC next year and just hope that God cooperates with better conditions!  The goal for next year is 20 boats.  If you didn’t come this year, plan on coming next year, it was a blast.

 

Division: J/80 (14 boats) (top)

Pos

Sail  

Boat  

Skipper  

   1     

   2     

   3     

   4     

Total
 Points 

Pos

1  

155  

FKA  

Les Beckwith  

5  

4  

1  

6  

16.00  

1

2  

357  

Dragonfly  

Chris Johnson  

8  

2  

5  

2  

17.00  

2

3  

483  

Dolphin  

Jeff Bodkin  

3  

8  

3  

4  

18.00  

3

4  

285  

Crush  

Mark Gorman  

7  

13  

2  

1  

23.00  

4

5  

259  

Spank Me  

Bob Limoggio  

12  

1  

6  

5  

24.00  

5

6  

255  

Angry Chameleon  

Kristen Robinson  

2  

7  

7  

8  

24.00  

6

7  

59  

Church Key  

Chris Chadwick  

6  

5  

9  

7  

27.00  

7

8  

158  

Excitable Boy  

Edward D. Philpot, Jr.  

1  

6  

8  

14  

29.00  

8

9  

443  

Underdog  

Tom Behrle  

9  

3  

10  

9  

31.00  

9

10  

146  

Hummer  

Christopher Kingsley  

4  

9  

11  

10  

34.00  

10

11  

205  

The Office  

Steve Coneys  

10  

12  

12  

3  

37.00  

11

12  

364  

Born 2 Run  

Rick Hanson  

11  

14  

4  

11  

40.00  

12

13  

156  

Emotional Rescue  

John Enderle  

13  

10  

15/DNF  

12  

50.00  

13

14  

381  

Bigamy  

Dennis Meichel  

14  

11  

13  

13  

51.00  

14