Hobock/Tilitson Memorial Regatta

Hosted by Windycrest Sailing Club

May 16 & 17,. 2009

What a fantastic event. Terry Danner ran an outstanding regatta and Skitter Chilton and her team did an awesome job on the race committee. Winds on Saturday were not as predicted, but when are they in Oklahoma. We had Six Santana 20ís venture out to compete in winds from 19 to 29. Rough conditions for all, with a few broaches to accent a great day of competition. Team Fayest on 920 managed to score three bullets with IV McNamara and crew close behind and one untimely broach, probably cost them a first place in the third race. John Barnett  and team on Tomorrow, battled all day with Paul Fetterman from Weatherby Lake near Kansas City MO. Vernon Green and his crew on Dirty Glass from Norman were in close competition with Chad Lundberg from Muskogee on Grace. Chad and his young wife are new owners of Harvey Bakers and Danny Ziglers boat and are really gung ho. The need a mid crew and recruited a new Windycrest member to fill in and he was banged on the head by the Boom and taken to the hospital. Scary moment, but Chad and crew were back at it Sunday.

Sunday turned out to be what was predicted a beautiful 6 to 9 wind from the northeast. After a dance like spinnaker battle with IV Mc Namar on U295 we were able to squeek out a win in race four. In the light air all competitors were much closer to the pack. In race three, IV McNarmara won the spinnaker battle and went on to win the race.  John Barnett and Tomorrow played the shifty winds on the north end of the race course, saw that the pin end was favored and forced Team Fayest to settle for third with Paul Fetterman and Crew a close fourth. What a beautiful day, makes an old man feel all warm inside. I especially feel good when I see new blood in the fleet like Vernon Green and Chad Lundberg. These two crews are always asking the right questions and I know they will be at the front very soon.

Paul Fetterman came all the way from Weatherby Lake to sail with his friend Bill and picked up our own Chris Gill as a foredeck. All great comradely, on his 49th birthday and 29th wedding anniversary. What a brave man he is. And a man who has his priorities in order.  Ha, what an understanding wife.  I am looking forward to seeing you in Oklahoma City for the Light House Regatta next month.  We could easily have ten boats there.

Report filed by Britt Williams of Sailing Fayest