Tommy Wunderlick Regatta

Hosted by Texoma Sailing Club

September 5, 2009

The Tommy Wunderlick Regatta is a distance race on Lake Texoma on the border of Texas and Oklahoma.  It is one of the longest inshore races in the area - having both 50 and 100 mile divisions.

After a lot of debate, I decided it would be fun to do the race on my Santana 20 so I rounded up the normal crew, plus one extra since it was going to be an overnight race, and hauled Santana 20 "The Dirty Glass" (hull #616) down from Norman to give it a go.

The start line was a little intimidating since we were starting with a lot of VERY big boats - some of them well over 40 feet. But we held our own and got a good start right at the committee boat - to windward of all the big boats.

This worked out well for us because the air was light and they were all held up by each other for the first beat to windward. After about an hour of beating to windward we were middle of the pack (which was impressive since every other boat there was rated much faster than us) and had reached the end of the first windward leg.  The next couple of hours were spent under a powered up spinnaker reach where we moved into third place.

We reached the mark to head back to windward just about sunset after a great 7 mile spinnaker reach! As we rounded, we realized that a good chunk of the race was out of the way and we were keeping a pace that just might win it.  The rest of the night consisted of us sailing three 6-7 mile windward beats followed by fun downwind runs - each time in winds of 6-7 mph thru most of the night.

At 5 A.M. in the morning we passed the two boats we knew were in front of us as they headed for the finish line.  Doing some quick calculations, I realized that we still had a very good chance of winning if the wind would hold for us and sure enough it did!

At 6:29 A.M. we crossed the finish line - 13 hours and 29 minutes of sailing and only one of us had gotten any sleep. The lead boat had crossed about 45 minutes prior to that but owed us about 1 hour on handicap - giving us the win!

The race could not have been won without my crew: Mike Black navigated and traded off trimming the spinnaker with Lance Irvine and my girlfriend/foredeck Stephanie Nguyen on the bow for the entire race calling traffic and, of course, spinnaker work downwind.

Just thought some of the Class might like to hear that the little boat we all love so much is a pretty strong distance racer too when you load it up with four college kids and a bunch of energy drinks.

Vernon Green

Santana 20 #928 "The Dirty Glass"

50 Mile Spinnaker Class Results

Pos.

Sail #

Boat

Skipper

PHRF

Type

Finish

Elapsed

Corrected

1st

928

The Dirty Glass

Vernon Green

222

Santana 20

1|06:28:17

13:28:17

10:21:48

2nd

83144

Chareta

Scott Law

84

J/36

1|04:56:14

11:56:14

10:45:40

3rd

42731

Tsunami

Mike Long

72

First 42.7

1|05:05:32

12:05:32

11:05:03

4th

34

Terra Nova

Butch Weinberg

147

H/R 34

1|06:41:40

13:41:40

11:38:11

5th

53

Wings

Mike Jones

213

McGregor 26d

1|07:52:18

14:52:18

11:53:23

6th

3

Don Enrique

Eduardo Wilkinson

86

Irwin 41

1|06:28:50

13:28:50

12:16:36

7

1411

Allegria

Scott Smith

211

Catalina 34

1|09:55:25

16:55:25

14:56:59

Spinnaker 50 | Wind Speed 6 | Direction E
Start Time: Saturday,
September 05, 2009 17:00:00: Distance 50.4
Speed as VMG of winning boat: 3.7 knots
Race Officer: Dave Long & Chuck Flanagan