2016 District 12 Championship Recap: A Weekend of Fun at the Bay

When we concluded the 2015 districts last year the general chatter was, “where are we going to hold the event next year?” Rick Graef, Dean Reidy, and I sailed the Bay Week regatta that same year in the J/24 and kicked around the idea of holding the Districts in conjunction with ILYA Bay Week. At first it seemed like a pipe dream, but then some key players caught wind of it and made it a reality. A big thank you is in order to Marcus Rogers for rounding up the troops to make the Districts a success and a regatta to remember for years to come.

  Champs: Crew of Fugue State were Nick Turney, Steve Conger, Ryan Kyle and skipper, Kevin O’Brien

Champs: Crew of Fugue State were Nick Turney, Steve Conger, Ryan Kyle and skipper, Kevin O’Brien

The extended weekend of racing J/24s started on Wednesday when boats arrived in Sandusky from Indianapolis and Detroit to set-up for the trip over to Put-In-Bay. As boats arrived, Nick Turney and I provided assistance rigging and tuning boats for the weekend. Nick helped several teams create a “tuning matrix” specific to their boat; meant for deviating from a base setting without using a loose gauge. Thanks Nick! Dean Riedy and his team assisted in launching boats with the hoist, which was a great help. Thanks Dean! As soon as boats were launched we had a quick race briefing then teams casted off for what turned out to be a gorgeous sail for Sandusky Sailing Club’s Wednesday night race. SSC’s race committee was generous enough to give us our own one design start for the five leg race that finished with a beautiful sunset on Sandusky Bay. As teams were racing, Nick Turney with Turney Sailing Services, followed behind taking pictures and video of the race. After racing, everyone enjoyed burgers and beers provided by SSC, while Nick shared the photos he took and offered input on sail trim and boat set-up. Thank you to Sandusky Sailing Club, Quantum Sails Sandusky, and Turney Sailing Services for an excellent evening of sailing.

Thursday was a day for preparation and transport to South Bass Island. Dean Riedy and Kevin O’Brien sailed the Deepwater Race while other teams sailed at their leisure over to the Bay. We rafted the boats on “A” dock in the city marina and set up camp for the weekend.

Friday was race day 1 for the J/24 District Championship and teams got on the water early to practice. We were greeted with a fresh breeze and sunshine for the beginning of the day to knock out two great windward/leeward races. The race committee started a third “round the islands race” which was later abandoned due to a rather large storm that sent teams for a wild ride. Everyone made it back to the harbor safely and tied up for the night. Teams then enjoyed the island for the night, whether it was bar hopping on the strip or enjoying peace and quiet in the mooring field.

On Saturday we left the dock as scheduled and sailed in very tricky conditions for the day. The storm from the previous day left the lake choppy with light breeze. Despite the conditions, the race committee completed a “round the islands race” for race 3 and a windward leeward race for race 4.

On Sunday we entered the lake in a solid 15-20kts breeze with medium seas. The race committee set a course and got one race off before abandoning for the day because the weather mark would not stay set. All of the boats enjoyed a nice sail back to the island where we packed up and got ready for the awards. In 3rd place was Dean Riedy and team HALL PASS, in 2nd place was John Shockey and team HARDEN FAST, and in 1st place was Kevin O’Brien and team FUGUE STATE. Congratulations to all teams for a great regatta!

It should be recognized that many of the teams this year consisted of young sailors, with team QUIXOTIC taking the cake. The QUIXOTIC crew had 4 members all under the age of 19, including the skipper, Cameron Douglas. Also, Team HARDEN FAST consisted of 4 members under the age of 30. Along with these two teams, others had young guns peppered throughout. It is fantastic and healthy for the fleet to see young people getting excited about racing J/24s. Keep up the good work!

A big thank you goes out to the Inter-Lake Yachting Association for organizing Bay Week and for integrating the J/24s into the fleet, the ILYA Race Committee for their hard work, Quantum Sails Sandusky for support at the regatta, Turney Sailing Services for pre-regatta tuning, Sandusky Sailing Club for the practice race, Team HALL PASS for help with launch and recovery in Sandusky and most importantly the competitors on DUTCH MOB, HALL PASS, HARDEN FAST, ORANGE WHIP, FUGUE STATE, QUIXOTIC, DON’T PANIC, MOSH PIT, and ZIG ZAG for making the 2016 J/24 Districts a truly memorable experience. 

2016 Cleveland Race Week

Ahoy,

We had 8 boats racing in Cleveland Race Week and it is the same number we had last year.  Unfortunately, there was only one day of racing (Sunday showed no wind) and only two races were completed.  

Dean Riedy on Hall Pass has another win to add to his wall.  (He also won the District 12 Championship in 2015.)  He won both races with his crew: Jake Reidy, Rachel Rice, Steve Zorn, and Ryan Kyle.  Congrats to Dean again and we look forward to seeing him at Districts to defend his title.

Pos Sail   Boat   Skipper Yacht Club  1   2  Total Pos
1  
1736   Hall Pass   Dean Riedy   ssc   1   1   2  
1  
2  
3689   Booyah   Louie Palmer   Sandusky Sailing Club   2   3   5  
2  
3  
3525/5277   Flyby   John OBrien   Indianapolis Sailing Club   4   2   6  
3  
4  
1569   Black & Tan   Steve Hronek   EYC   3   5   8  
4  
5  
3936/5237   Grafix   Cathleen Graf   Edgewater Yacht Club   6   4   10  
5  
6  
USA 4513   Carry On   Terry Bowdish   EWYC   5   6   11  
6  
7  
1965   Ripple   David Sugerman   eyc   9/DNF   7   16  
7  
8  
1749   ECHO   Carl Behrens   NONE 9/DNC   9/DNC   18  
8  

The upcoming  Districts will be on Put-in-Bay on August 5 - 7.  It looks like we have five people signed up and we are looking to get 15.  It should be a great weekend and promises to be a lot of fun.  If you have any questions, just let me know.  You can register at:  http://yachtscoring.com/event_registration_email.cfm  Come join the fun!

Let’s keep the up the good work and keep growing our J/24 class!

Happy Sailing,

Marcus Rogers

2015 District 12 Championship Recap

The Indianapolis Sailing Club hit a home run this past weekend while hosting this year’s District 12 Championship.  It was such a success because of the people who made this possible.  I want to thank: Ken McAfee for shopping and feeding us all weekend, Adam Ondrejack for doing registration and being the social chair, Heineken for the beer, Hagerman for the forklift, Dieball Sailing Services for the participation, Paul White for being such an great PRO, Chris Palabrica for writing the NOR and SI, Joe Thurston and Eric Guion for assisting with dinner, Bill Crawford for the pictures,  and lastly but most importantly, my wife Audrey, for her support in allowing me to be AWOL the past two weeks.   The J/24 fleet did a great job of helping make this a success.  Thanks to everyone for helping.

We had 13 boats for this event and it is the most we have had in over 15 years for a J/24 event.  A very good showing and all because of the people mentioned above.   ISC had six boats , Eagle Creek brought over four, one from Chicago, one from Sandusky, and one boat from Detroit.    Many of these participants hadn’t been to ISC in almost 20 years, including Skip Dieball.  All have agreed that they would come down here for another venue again.

On Saturday, we were able to get in 4 races.  The first two races of the day were won by John O’Brien.  John’s crew consisted of Cam Borkowski, Mike Thomas, and Skip Dieball.   With two bullets under his belt, the boat somehow  lost it’s focus andfinished with a 2nd and 3rd.

Dean Riedy won the District Championship with a crew of three.  His crew were Steve Zorn and Jacob Riedy.  Eric started out with a 2nd and a 3rd.  They were able to finish the day with two bullets and the weekend with seven points.

Kevin O’Brien who came down from Gross Pointe, MI., was the favorite going into the weekend.  He finished 3rd overall with a 4th, 2nd, 6th, and 4th.  His crew were all from Quantum Sails: Wes Blazer, Pam Logan, and Ryan Kyle.

The rest of ISC’s boats were:  David Sterling at 7th, Marcus Rogers at 10th, Pete McGinity at 11th, Luke Mongin at 12th, and Greg Van Duesen at 13th. 

This two day event only allowed 4 races because there was no wind on Sunday.  

Event photos, courtesy of Harbor Pictures, are here.