2018 Palm Beach Gardens Valentine's
Florida EC-12 Association 2018 Valentines Regatta Report Submitted by George Balaschak The fourth Regatta of the Florida EC-12 Association 2017-2018 series was hosted by the Palm Beach Gardens Model Yacht Squadron on Feb 10 &11 2018. Perfect weather for the tourists at Lake Victoria, but challenging winds for the skippers was in store for the weekend.
The Valentine’s Regatta weekend started Friday night with a party at Chester and Libby Brewer’s home. Guitar picking and singing by Rich Mojica joined by Jon Luscomb playing his mandolin was a treat. Lots of snacks, food and drink and good conversation prepped the skippers for the two day regatta.
Saturday morning the wind was SE and a two and a half lap course was set. Nineteen EC-12 skippers divided into two fleets sailing in the Progression-Relegation fleet management system made for 11 or 12 of the big boats on the starting line. At the end of Saturday’s races Earnan Scavella was solidly in first place, with a 9 point lead over second place Alan Perkins.
Saturday evening found most of us at Duffy’s Sports grill in the private upstairs room for food, drink and socializing.
The winds persisted in blowing from the SE on Sunday managing to get to B rig conditions and challenging all with huge blasts and shifts. On Sunday the perennial front runner Alan Perkins posted a second and three firsts to swoosh past Earnan. Joe Walter moved up to third,, Doc Greer in 4th, and Chuck Millican in 5th. The Valentines Regatta heart shaped bamboo cutting board trophies made by Jon Luscomb were a big hit.
The friendly but intense competition with laughter and kidding among the sailors was obvious to all even passers-by. This has become a habit, and a good one, at the Florida EC-12 regattas.
A big THANK YOU to Race Director Chester, Chief Scorekeeper John Biles, Jon the Chief No Bull Chili maker, Ann Gelina for the banana bread and caramel chocolate gooey goodies, and all who helped makes the Valentines Regatta such a fun event, especially the ladies who made sure we did not go hungry.