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The Weather and the Skippers

Under beautiful, blue, Arizona skies with just a smattering of wispy clouds, the first race started at 10:05. The typical variable and shifty winds kept all 10 skippers on their toes through all 12 races. Sometime guessing and often muttering,

The Winners

1st - Bob Spraker - Tucson
2nd - Ray Dagenais, - Mesa
3rd - Jerry Robertson, Tucon

 this amiable group shared some spirited competition. Skippers representing a latitudinal span from Alberta, Canada all the way to Green Valley, Arizona; and included a visitor from the Denver Colorado area. Two competitors and an observer made the short drive from Tucson, and an additional five skippers were present from the hosting club of Mesa. Racing until around 2:30, there were 4 different racers who nailed bullets, and 7 who had at least 1 top 3 finishes.

Kudos to the ‘middle of the pack’ skippers for the day (Kirk Welker, Al Wendler, Ken Hegy, and Dan Lucas). There were many times when several vessels were clustered tightly.  The inevitable calls for right away, and penalties for infractions were handled properly with a sound execution of many 360’s across the day. A special call-out for Skipper Robert Prievo, his persistence was admirable. While bringing up the rear throughout the day, he finished each and every race (he made certain there was “no boat left behind”). The entire group of contestants made this day of acting as Race Director a pleasure.

Who got the Hardware?

  1. Ron Roper, from Alberta, with 53 points edged out Kirk Welker by just 1 point to earn 5th place
  2. In 4th place, all alone, was local Rob Show with 32 points (his bullet was on the final race!)
  3. The battle for 2nd was tight with local Ray Dagenais scoring 24 to squeak by Jerry Roberson’s 26
  4. The day turned out to be a runaway for Bob Spraker, with a blistering score of 14!  He has an eye for catching the wind’s shifty variations, and keeps the boat moving.

Final Standings (Place – Skipper – Sail # – Points)

1Bob Spraker26 – 14

2 – Ray Dagenais4224

3Jerry Robertson026

4Rob Shaw – 7932

5Ron Roper4553

6Kirk Welker – 2054

7Ken Hegy30560

8Don Lucas8272

9 Al Wendler 50 82

10 – Robert Prievo1396


Respectfully Submitted,
Mark Kane
Race Director

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