2006 Barefoot Open/Santana 20 Eastern Regional Championships

Barefoot Sailing Club (Lake Lanier, Georgia)

October 6-8 2006

 

Race 2

Mark Rounding

Race 2 Finish

The Gang

Barefoot Sailing Club (Lake Lanier, Georgia) hosted the Santana 20 Eastern Regional Championships in conjunction with the Barefoot Open on October. The light conditions created some close racing with three different boats getting bullets in the series and the top four boats finishing within a few seconds of each other in two of the five races.

Day one started with the fleet waiting for the breeze to fill on the one design course. The Santana 20s had their own course and race committee in Flowery Branch Bay on beautiful Lake Lanier. The RC set W/L courses with approximately mile legs.

Once the breeze came in, racing commenced and in race 1 both Edith Collins, Team Swampfox, and Frank Atkinson, Team Shameless, got good starts and exchanged tacks on the 1st windward leg.  Allan Shed, double-handing Smooth, went out to the left. After a poor start team, Chubasco (Tim Dunton, Janet Gaito and Anne Porterfield) hooked a wind line on the right side and managed to take 1st  place at the weather mark. A wind shift favored the left side of the course for the down wind leg and a gybe set was favored. Chubasco went left, followed by Shameless. Everyone else went right. The RC shortened the course to 1 lap and Chubasco held on for the bullet with Smooth and Swampfox  2nd and 3rd respectively.

The wind shifted west for the second race of the day with Swampfox and Shameless getting good starts. Swampfox, Shameless and Smooth went left up the beat with Miss adventure and Chubasco hugging the shore on the right side. This time the left paid off with Swampfox rounding first ahead of Smooth, Chubasco and Shameless. On the downwind leg both Smooth and Shameless went hard right in a luffing duel with Swampfox and Chubasco exchanging gybes towards the center of the course. Frank got the better of the luffing match and went on to win by 2 boatlengths.  Swampfox, Chubasco and Smooth all finished within 2 seconds of each other!

With the wind fading again, racing was abandoned for the day and everyone headed to Franks Houseboat for pre- party beverages.  The party feature and open rum bar sponsored by Pussers, Sangria and Paella. Several hundred people were entertained by a Spanish guitarist and later danced the night away to a live band.

Day 2 started a little earlier and with more breeze. Conditions were near perfect and in first race of the day, Edith Collins managed a good start at the favored committee boat end and lead up the first beat. The lead exchanged hands several times on the subsequent legs but the result was the top four boats coming down almost line abreast on the final downwind leg.  Edith Collins, sailing hard for the committee boat end, finished first with Chubasco 2nd , Shameless 3rd and Smooth 4th . There was only 2 seconds separating the top 4 boats!!! Leonard Wittman in Missadventure was not far behind.

In the second race of the day, team Chubasco got a good start and lead wire to wire for the bullet.

In the last race of the day, Swampfox again started well and lead around the first 2 marks. On the second beat Chubasco, sitting well back in 4th  place, lucked into a big left shift and managed to be first to the final weather mark. After a standard bear-away set they held off a challenge by team Swampfox for the win and the series victory.

Many Thanks to Barefoot Sailing Club, Lake Lanier Sailing Club, Edith Collins and Fleet 26 for hosting a great event and we look forward to next year.

Tim Dunton - Santana 20 #368 "Chubasco"

 

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Pos

Skipper

Sail #

Boat

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

T

1st

Tim Dunton

368

Chubasco

1

3

2

1

1

8

2nd

Edith Collins

130

Swampfox

3

2

1

4

2

12

3rd

Frank Atkinson

531

Shameless

4

1

3

2

4

14

4th

Alan Shedd

568

Smooth

2

4

4

3

3

16

5th

Leonard Wittman

44

Missadventure

5

5

5

5

5

25