2009 Lake Lansing
Sunfish Regatta Results
Saturday, June 13
|Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4|
|1||Scott Schappe||Lake Bluff Yacht Club|
Lake Forest, IL
|2||Dan Norton||Devil's Lake yacht Club|
Manitou Beach, MI
|3||Gail Turluck||Scuttlebutt Sailing Club|
|4||Tom Katterheinrich||St. Mary's Boat Club|
New Knoxville, OH
|5||Jim Fletcher||Lansing Sailing Club|
|6||Neil Harrision||Lansing Sailing Club|
|7||Alanna Harvey||Lansing Sailing Club|
A small but determined group of sailors gathered at Lansing Sailing Club for its annual Sunfish Regatta. Waking to rain, cool temperatures and a glassy lake, the prospects of running any races was dim. The out-of-towners started rolling in; the race committee stood at the end of the dock watching for signs of wind and discussions ensued of what would constitute a regatta, over donuts and bagels. The rain stopped and at 11:30 a.m. the group finally rigged and got one race in under very light conditions before deciding to go in for lunch and see if any wind developed in the afternoon. During lunch a slight but steady breeze came up and the sailors decided to go for it. As the light and steady breeze diminished and shifted as much as 180 degrees at times, the challenged race committee got in 3 more races before the 4:00 p.m. time limit.
Traveling all the way from Lake Forest, IL to participate in his first Lake Lansing Sunfish Regatta, Scott Schappe walked off with 1st prize with 4 bullets. Dan Norton from Devils Lake took 2nd, Gail Turluck from Richland took 3rd, and Tom Katterheinrich from New Knoxville, OH took 4th.
Special thanks to race committee Sid Mook, Blaine Severin, Mike Moody and Paul Davis who conquered the winds to set a fair course throughout the day. Also, thanks to Julie Pierce for handling registration, Mary Beth Fletcher for providing lunch and Neil Harrison for stepping in as “scoring guy” for the event.
As participants relaxed with beers in hand, donated by our sponsor Michigan Brewing Company, all were glad to have the day over with and thoughts of better wind for next year danced in everyone’s heads as they headed home.