South Daytona Regatta Report
By Phil Ehlinger
A fleet of 26 assembled early Saturday morning under clear skies and total calm at the newly renovated Reed Canal Park Lake in South Daytona.
Appropriate sacrifices and offerings were made to the wind gods with the devouring of over 3 dozen donuts and several gallons of coffee.
When the boats were ready, and greetings of old friends completed, Commodore Chris Coxe of South Daytona welcomed the competitors, and then introduced the Mayor of South Daytona, Blaine O'Neal. Mayor O'Neal welcomed all and issued an executive order for an appropriate amount of wind. Race Director Phil Ehlinger laid out the schedule and made sure all had a map to the restaurant for dinner.
The breeze finally began to stir and a course was established. Throughout the day, the fickle wind changes made sailing quite challenging with shifts, holes, headers and lifts producing noticeably animated conversation among the sailors. The trials on the racecourse did not dent the appetites for subs, baked beans and macaroni salad however, and the lunch break barely dented the racing.
The day ended after 8 full heats, and the gang headed for showers and a nap, to reconvene at the Inlet Harbor restaurant overlooking the Halifax River. After lively conversation and a great meal, two were honored, Joe Walter on the occasion of his 45th birthday (remember when?) and Chuck Buzek as our new Vice President of AMYA. The perkier crowd then migrated to the outdoor deck to enjoy music, dancing and of course, some additional libation.
Sunday morning brought cool winds from the north, which after some major mark relocation, produced great sailing for both fleets for the rest of the morning.
When the scoring was done, none other than Joe Walter repeated his win in the A fleet and Skip Allen persevered to take top honors in the B fleet. The full list is posted on the website. The Race Committee wishes to thank all the competitors for their outstanding demeanor and camaraderie, and also, its appreciation for the club members' efforts. It all came together to create a great regatta.
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