Orlando/Deland Regatta Report
By Bill Gale, Sept 13-14, 2008
The Orlando's September Regatta was held on the 13th and 14th after Tropical Storm Faye forced a cancellation of the scheduled event of the week before. Using a new venue which provided a nice long windward/leeward course of about 100 yards, mother nature provided for fair wind in 100 degees. A total of 16 heats in both fleets were run, with 11 boats in the Gold Fleet and 9 boats in the Silver Fleet. Two throw-outs were allowed.
In the Gold Fleet, Joe Walter won by consistant sailing, while only winning one heat. John Bottensek took second place and he only had 2 heat wins. A tie occured for third place between Tony Rieck and Bob Greer. Bob Greer won because of his 5 heat wins.
In the Silver Fleet, Tom Germer with five heat wins was in command all the way even with two "did not starts" in the last two heats on Saturday. Tom Phillips sail consistantly and had 3 heat wins to take second place. Bud Cassidy with two heat wins was third. Seven of the nine skippers won one or more heats. Of note, Brenda Pardee won her first race being cheered on by the entire Gold Fleet. The final scores are shown below.
I wish to reconize and thank my crew consisting of: Don
and Carol Forbecker, Tim Hopkins, Patty Boucher, and Kris Simons. They
made this Regatta a sucess.