2001 Arlington Regatta Results
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Very Back: Greg Gust - Wins the regatta on his first day as a Master!
23 MC’s joined the 2002 Arlington YC Annual Regatta, along with the DaySailer, Catalina, and Sunfish fleets. The forecast looked a little leery going into the weekend, possible scattered thunderstorms and 15-20 winds were expected but never materialized as a high pressure system stalled and camped on the area for most of the weekend. Saturday morning made the meteorologists liars again, presenting a challenging 3-10 mph winds anywhere from the NNE to SSE. The puffs were short, and sometimes disappeared before they even got to you. All courses were windward/leeward with downwind finishes, always a challenge for the RC in light air. With Lake Arlington NS oriented and just over 1/3 mile E/W across, Easterly winds make the top quarter of the legs extremely challenging and the possibility of big gains or losses on the corners likely.
Race 1 started with Jack Hattendorf taking advantage of a left shift just before the gun, port tacking the entire fleet and riding a beautiful left shift nearly all the way to the 1st mark. He never looked back during the first half of the race, leading the way with a nice lead over Wiley Pollard. Wiley took that lead away at the top portion of the second lap, finishing 1st with Jack just behind. Greg Gearing was 3rd, followed by Charlie Lind, Greg Gust, Ken McClanahan, Drew Mize, Eric Protzman, Scott Slocum, then Jack Kern in 10th. The best story of Race 1 actually occurred after the race ended, CP Burks of AYC rescued a squirrel swimming in the middle of the lake that was just about out of steam. CP held out his paddle and the little critter climbed up and into his boat. Believe it or not, the little guy went behind the board well and stayed there for the rest of the day’s racing until CP flushed him out in the evening.
The wind lightened up a bit for Race 2, Drew just edged out Scott Slocum and Greg Gearing at the first mark. Drew escaped in a small puff and extended while Scott and Greg sat at the offset mark until the rest of the fleet piled up on top of them. Drew went on to win, followed by Jack Kern and Greg Gust in 3rd. Wiley Pollard was 4th followed by Jack Hattendorf, Charlie Lind, Scott Slocum, Greg Gearing, Richard Eglin, and Eric Protzman in 10th.
Race 3 saw Scott Slocum and Charlie Lind swapping leads for most of the race, until they ran out of breeze on the finishing downwind leg on the right side of the course. Drew Mize finished first followed by Greg Gearing and Eric Protzman. Greg Gust was 4th followed by Charlie Lind, Wiley Pollard, Jack Kern, Jack Hattendorf, Ken McClanahan, and Richard Eglin for 10th.
A large thunderstorm rolled through the area early Sunday morning, but the rain stopped about 8:30a and we headed out. There was a little more breeze and somewhat steadier, but was still from the East at 8-10mph which made the top portion of the course just as risky. Race 4 started with a general recall immediately followed by a Black Flag for the second start. Greg Gust won his first race of the regatta on his way to a comeback, followed by Wiley Pollard and Eric Protzman for a 3rd. Jack Kern was 4th, followed by Jack Hattendorf, Drew Mize, Greg Gearing, Charlie Lind, Richard Eglin, and Herman van Beek in 10th.
Going into the final Race 5, Wiley Pollard and Greg Gust were now tied for the lead with Drew Mize following by 2 points. Places 4-8 were just as tight, separated by only 4 points. As inconsistent as everyone’s finishes had been, it was anyone’s regatta. At the first mark, a pack of 4 boats led by Greg Gust were leading. Opting for the other side going down, another pack led by Wiley Pollard and Drew Mize found a nice puff and brought everyone back together. The last upwind leg brought several lead changes, it wasn’t until the last few hundred feet that Greg Gust again found his way to the front followed closely by Eric Protzman. At the finish, it was Greg Gust, Drew Mize, then Eric Protzman for 3rd. Jack Hattendorf and Wiley Pollard tied for 4th, followed by Greg Gearing, Jack Kern, Charlie Lind, Richard Eglin, and Herman van Beek for 10th. Congratulations to Greg Gust on winning his first regatta as a MASTER, and on his 50th Birthday no less!