by Candace Porter
Five races determined the 2019 champion but these were tough, shifty conditions. Leaders rose and fell race to race (with the exception of McNeil) and rounding to rounding.
(See full results on Racing Schedule page)
Ask the B-25, last year’s winner, who was winning going away and ended up D-E-E-E-P! Or Ed Eckert who finished third overall but had a race where the final score could not describe how far back he was. Martin Barr was last at a rounding and moved to sixth the next. Okauchee was the queen of surprise each race. Race Committee sweated out every aspect of each race, each boat hoping the other end of the course would say the wind was “on course”. Sailor after sailor commented how puzzling this all was! And these are the best of the best. It is only McNeil who had every race in the top ten.
Okauchee rolls out the red carpet for the event: Friday night Pork Chop Dinner, Saturday night dinner by the Pinahs’, individualized sailboats for dessert. Giveaways hand selected by the keen eye of Deb Prange who graciously serves as the regatta chair each year. The committee starts planning in early Spring and the quality of the event is evidence of all the love for this event.
Awards were again an original watercolor by Okauchee’s Doc Henschel who was featured a couple weeks ago after retiring from sailing at age 90! His watercolors still excite the winners so, no retiring, Doc.