Cedar Point crews captured four of the top five spots Oct. 1-2 as CPYC hosted the Thistle Fontelieu Invitational Regatta.
Long-standing Thistle PRO Dick Thackaberry and his sharp support team successfully completed six races in lumpy conditions over the two days. The fleet of 21 teams sailed in cold, overcast conditions with 3-foot rollers from the east and a shifty northeasterly breeze in the 13-15 knot range. The wave angle and current made for some interesting downwind angles and the occasional 5-foot wave made for lumpy upwind conditions during the four windward-leeward 2X races Saturday. The pin was generally favored; port tack was the long tack and wind oscillations varied from 5-15 degrees. Keeping the boat flat and depowering in puffs while still pointing was critical with the waves. Racing was very tight and having clear air and a lane was difficult. Many racers over stood the windward mark on the starboard lay line in the first two races and with the offset mark many adopted a port tack final approach to cut down on misjudging the current and last minute shifts that are common with the northerly.
The first finish had four boats overlapped, with Chris Murphy, John Baker and Jessica Murphy taking the bullet. Charlie Kreitler, Chris Williams and Austin Schaffer won the second race; Steve Gruver, Jay Lurie and Kristen Barnard the third; and Brad Thompson, Matt Kreuzkamp and Kathy Thompson the fourth. The standing after day one was three boats tied for first, two tied for fourth and just three points separating sixth place from first.
Steve Gruver and Kristen Barnard hosted the annual steak dinner with Sam Brauer making his infamous delicious cheese cake dessert. Everyone was tired and sore from the day so the party was more mellow than years past with folks catching up with old friends while making new ones among some first-time Fontelieu participants.
Day Two was also dreary and overcast, but with lighter winds from 5-7 knots and more easterly but still shifty winds. The waves were still easterly and except for the occasional 3-4-foot roller averaged 2 feet, smaller closer to shore. The course had wind holes that were tough to pick up and on several downwind runs you had to sail tight reaching angles just to keep the chute full. The line was slightly longer Sunday than Saturday but starts were still crowded and clear air was critical to accelerate in the waves and lighter breeze. No clearly favored side of the course throughout the day.
Team Rocket Ship lived up to their name, turning in a second and a first to win the regatta. The top five boats were:
- #4004 Steve Gruver, Jay Lurie, Kristen Barnard with 19 points
- #3921 Chris Murphy, John Baker & Jessica Murphy with 22 points
- #1394 Brian & Sean Joyce, Katrina Masterson with 24 points
- #3872 Charlie & Ali Kreitler, Austin Schaffer with 25 points
- #4016 Brad & Kathy Thompson, Matt Kreuzkamp with 27 points
Full results can be found here.