Thirteen boats participated in this year's Reath Trophy pursuit race. Starting from Fleet Mark 'S' at Gilpatrick Cove the slower boats had a nice jump on the larger boats that started well after them in a staggered order based on their PHRF rating. The course designation was around the Cranberries, leaving them to port. A fairly fresh seabreeze had filled at 11am and seemed to be holding well.
As the smaller vessels beat out the Western Way with the current still ebbing, the wind pressure dropped dramatically. Then, the tide changed direction and started flooding. It was a situation where it almost paid to anchor instead of getting sucked back into the Great Harbor. The team on 'Ondine' hit a home run by getting into the Cranberry beach and grabbing a left handed puff which brought them out around the big red flashing bell. They were chased by Far Out, Flirt, Va Pensiero, Rascal and Amelia.
All others just didn't have enough breeze to make the turn against the foul current. Ondine was way out in front by at least a mile with a 3 mile downwind leg to the next turn at Baker Island. However, a personal obligation after sailing required them to withdraw and head back to the Fleet. Current on the outside of Cranberry and Islesford was running hard to the east so that was assisting all. Eventually, a bit of seabreeze refilled and those who had gotten out of the Western Way filled their sails. An amazingly tight finish occurred with the course shortened to the can at Baker's. Flirt and Far Out passed Rascal in the last 100 yards and then Flirt just held off the hard charging Far Out by a whisker.
Pete Smith, Steve Homer, Sue Charles performed the RC duty today.
Video of many competitors as well as the photo finish
Finish order with winner's special category designation
1. Flirt, Spinnaker and overall champion- Mike Cook
2. Far Out, Master's Skipper champion- Hal Kroeger
3. Rascal- Henry Brauer
4. Va Pensiero- Joe Weber
5. Bravo, Non- spinnaker champion- Tom Babbitt
6. Amelia, All family champion- Andrew Barrett
7. Sidewinder- Tom Rolfes
8. Laney Lu- Mark Kryder
DNF North- David Schoeder, Etude- Pancho Cole, Ondine- Rick Wheeler, Voo-Doo- David Folger, Woody- Jack Roberts