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Dickerson Rendezvous

2006.06.17


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Boat Captain Class
Compass Rose Eric & Jackie White 40/41
Hemisphere Dancer Bruce Franz 40/41
Imagine Dick Clarke Committee Boat
Irish Mist Joe Slavin 35
Mon Bijou Gigi Conrad Neuf 35
Plover Bill & Chris Burry 40/41
Rhythms in Blues Randy Bruns 36/37
Rainbow John Freal 35
Starry Night Bill Toth/Paul Gwordz 36/37
Winds Way John Moore 36/37

It was another fine day for the Annual Dickerson Regatta with SSW winds starting at 10, or so, and building to 15-18 knots. The line was so dominantly a port start line, almost everyone did a port start, but Starry Night, Irish Mist, were early and fluttered their jibs trying hard not to hit each other, or the Committee Boat, Imagine. Hemisphere Dancer ducked their sterns, ran the line, but had to watch out for Plover approaching far away on starboard tack, and Mon Bijou Gigi on port tack directly in front. Mon Bijou Gigi seemed early for the start and was killing speed at the pin end of the line. Starry Night, Irish Mist, Hemisphere Dancer, and Mon Bijou Gigi crossed the line right on the gun. Unfortunately, Joe Slavin on Irish Mist and Conrad Neuf aboard Mon Bijou Gigi thought they were over early, and circled around to restart. Joe Slavin said that if the Committee Boat had used a megaphone, they could have hollered at them to say they were all clear, but apparently, there was too much confusion and conversation among the crews to determine who was clear. Did the grandkids learn something? Bill & Paul, aboard Starry Night, seemingly listened to their crew, Jim the Ringer Karr and started on port tack with clear air. Randy & Barbara Bruns on Rhythms in Blues, John Freal on Rainbow, Eric & Jackie White on Compass Rose, and Bill & Chris Burry on Plover started cleanly behind the gate starters while Joe & Conrad kept clear. Somehow Starry Night managed to get through the jumble of early boats and started well above and accelerated quickly out of the box better than Dancer, taking the lead. The rest of us were depressed with our positions, but there were 19.2 miles of racing left, and Yogi Berra said: it ainít over Ďtil itís over! We don't like seeing a 37 get a better start, because we almost never catch them in light air. What happened to Winds Way? Rumors circulated, gossip whispered, and innuendo crept silently on catís paws that Past Commodore, John Moore, and his seasoned crew were awakened late from an evening of celebration, and it was the Devilís drink to blame! Something made them late to the starting line!

At the start, we only had about 10 kts of wind, which is marginal for Dickersons, but good for the 37s. We all dug in, trimmed our boats to optimize for that port tack and counted on Lady Luck to get us to that first mark as fast as possible. Half way to the mark, Hemisphere Dancer was abeam, but below Starry Night. Eric & Jackie were stretching the legs of Compass Rose ahead of Bill, Chris, D, & Don aboard Plover. Joe, Randy, and John began their march past Compass Rose so by the first mark, they were behind Starry Night. The course was Diamond shaped. First leg being hard on the wind, second leg, cracking off to a close reach, third leg turning to a beam reach and last leg hardening up to a close reach; this was a perfect course for the reaching boats. With a good start and a building wind, the Dickersons began painting a classic picture upon the Choptank, and strutting their beauty in a parade. The Fleet was split; the leaders focusing on each other, and at the finish, Irish Mist, Rhythms in Blues, Rainbow, Compass Rose, Plover, and Winds Way were within seconds/minutes of each other. Mon Bijou Gigi elegantly sashayed across the finish under the direction of Conrad Neuf, Janet Crawford, and Past Commodore, George Crawford.

Blue skies, lovely breezes, family, friends, and loved ones; Thank You, Commodore Clarke!

And then, there was that wonderful sail back to Oxfordís, TAYC for another perfect evening together!

Next year, we want Taara, Southern Cross, Topaz, Beau Soleil, Aequanimitas, De Novo, Belle, Serafin, Windsong, and all the other Dickersons.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bruce Franz, Commodore


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Photos Copyright Bruce Franz 2006, Used with Permission.


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