2007 Orlando Webb Memorial Regatta Results
Missouri YC, Lake Lotawana, MO
June 2 - 3, 2007
(Results submitted by David Moring on Jun 4, 2007, report by Jamie Kimball)
The small lake 25 miles South East of Kansas City provided more than enough challenges for the 44 competitors.
Conditions were perfect Saturday morning as the fleet was eager to hit the lake. Lake Lotawana is shaped like a “T” running North and South. On this day the breeze was Westerly ranging from 5-12 knots, so the course was set in the top part of the “T”. The key to success in race one was getting off the line. With 44 boats on such a small body of water, passing lanes were far and few between. Starting in the second row made it nearly impossible to find clear air. Jack Schwindler, Scott Slocum, and Jamie Kimball jumped out to an early lead on the left side of the lake. At the top mark Kimball led with Schwindler right on his heels. On such a small body of water, local knowledge seemed to pay as Kimball was soon passed by Schwindler sailing low. Gains were made downwind by sailing low to the North side of the lake in more wind. After a few shifts up the second beat, Schwindler fell back and was passed by Slocum. Slocum put the hammer down and was now challenging Kimball for the lead. The two tacked many times up the last beat as Slocum looked for an opportunity to pass. Kimball was able to hold him off. Surprisingly, however, Schwindler was able to make huge gains on the last leg to slide into second and pass Slocum.
The wind increased in the afternoon for race two and several teams sailed with crew. Starting in the front row was a must! By the start of the second race, the breeze had shifted to the right and teams that took advantage of this had success. Kimball jumped out to an early lead up the first beat playing the shifts in the middle of the course. Close behind there was a fierce battle going on between Mark Long, Danny Ziegler, Scott Tillema, and Markham Chatterton. At the top mark these boats were in a close pack, which allowed Kimball to extend his lead on the downwind run and up the second beat. However, Ziegler, Chatterton, Long, and Tillema were able to catch up to Kimball down the second run. Now it was anyone’s race! Several lead changes took place up the beat with Ziegler hitting a right shift at the end as he sailed to the race win.
By race three the wind had shifted even further to the right. Along with getting off the starting line, protecting the right side of the course up the first beat was the secret to success. Scott Slocum, Jack Schwindler, and Scott Tillema ran away with this race. The three boats rounded the top mark close together in breeze and were able to extend from the rest of the pack. Scott Slocum took this race, followed by Tillema and Schwindler well ahead of the fleet.
Top Five Day 1
Top 5 Overall