2011 Weatherby Lake Yacht Club Invitational Regatta

 

Hosted by Weatherby Lake Yacht Club

 

May 21&22, 2011

 

The Weatherby Lake Yacht Club (near Kansas City, MO) hosted their annual Invitational Regatta in late May this year.  Nine Santana 20s from the Midwest decided that it would be a great tune up regatta for Nationals and for many of us it would be a chance to sail on a new lake.

 

First things first, the S20 sailors on Weatherby lake are an amazing group of people, every boat that travelled in for the regatta was put up by a member of the community in their houses so no one had to spend a dime on housing or food.

 

Racing kicked off Saturday morning with 9 Santana 20s on the start line 4 boats from Oklahoma, 1 from Iowa, and 4 from Weatherby Lake.  The first race started in light air but by the start of the second race the wind had built and some boats started taking down the genoas and putting up the blades.  As the day went on, the conditions proved to be very difficult with winds gusting well into the 20ís and many 60-70 degree wind shifts.   Nearly every boat struggled with the spinnaker in the fluky heavy air and every race saw lots of position and lead changes - but at the end of the day Rex Easley (aka IV McNamara) had managed to gain a healthy lead over the rest of the fleet over the 6 races run Saturday.

 

The Weatherby Lake community put on a great party Saturday night with beer, wine, and food aplenty.    The hospitality of the hosts was amazing and I am sure that all left the party that night with many new friends and memories.

 

Day two started with a few less boats on the start line but it was no less competitive and the winds were no less brutal.  Rex Easley came out on fire for day two and was just about untouchable.  After another 3 races he was a clear leader.

 

Report by Vernon Green

 

Pos

Name

Boat

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

T

1st

Rex Easly

925

(5)

1

1

2

3

1

3

2

2

15

2nd

Britt Williams

920

3

(5)

2

3

4

2

1

1

1

17

3rd

Vernon Green

352

1

3

4

(9)

2

3

2

4

3

22

4th

John Barnett

472

4

6

3

(8)

1

6

4

3

4

31

5th

Paul Fetterman

306

(6)

4

5

4

5

4

6

5

5

38

6th

Ray Staton

562

7

7

(8)

7

6

5

5

DSQ

6

51

7th

Jeff Moses

911

2

2

DSQ

5

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

59

8th

Patty Parker

686

9

9

7

1

DNC

DNC

DSQ

DSQ

DNC

62

9th

M. Stevenson

600

8

8

6

6

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

68