2002 Holiday in Dixie Regatta Results
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(L-to-R): Jack Kern, Mike Wolcott, Eric Protzman and his crew Beth Rettig
Nine MC Scow sailors, from as far away as Wisconsin, joined thirty other skippers and crews for the fifty-third annual spring regatta to host multiple fleets. Saturday's first race began in about a 12 mph breeze which slowly clocked right and decreased in velocity. Charlie Lind from Rush Creek led from start to finish with Eric Protzman in hot pursuit.
Following the lunch break, a 10 – 12 mph breezed lured the racers back onto the course only to suddenly jump to a solid 15 – 18 mph just before the start of the second race. I only recorded gust to 22 at the committee boat, but Charlie and and Bull Schmidt swear they hit gusts which took their boats to speeds never experienced in all their years of sailing. Several skippers opted to retire, while Eric Protzman, sailing with crew, easily won the race, with Jack Kern in second. Racing was suspended for the day due to numerous capsizes, and broken equipment in other classes. Only one MC went for a swim that I can remember.
Sunday morning started with a gentle 10 mph breeze, but quickly built to the same 15 – 18 as Sat. afternoon. This left several skippers on the shore, as Eric took his second first of the weekend.
The wind abated a bit for the two remaining races, but Eric was consistent enough to easily win the regatta, with Jack Kern in second, and Shreveport’s own Mike Wolcott finishing in third.
All in all it was a great regatta, plenty of wind, warm air and water temperature, and a good introduction to the venue for next year's MC Nationals. Next race to try out this venue is the Memorial Day MC Cross Lake Crap Shoot on May 25 & 26th. The first stop on the MC Southwest Circuit.
Submitted by : Wiley Pollard – Race Committee Chairman ( MC # 2007 )