Penguin Internationals Regatta
2006.07.05 - 2006.07.07
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On July 5, 6, & 7 our friend Paul Hull, in conjunction with the Cambridge Yacht Club and the Tred Avon Yacht Club, hosted the 2006 Penguin Internationals Regatta.
Several ESSA members helped Paul pull off a spectacular regatta which earned Paul much praise and many thanks. Our Kudos to Paul. Bob Long provided What's Next for use as committee boat. Sandy McCallister was kind enough to provide not only two crash boats, but his Dad and son Spence to assist as well. Bruce Franz rounded out the Windward crash boat with John Zimmerman and myself working the leeward boat and taking pics.
Beginning Wednesday July 5th, what followed was three days of fantastic weather, wonderful sailing and a lot of fun by folks from as far away as Columbus and Chicago. So far as I could tell, a good time was had by all.
Bud and Sue Daily of Rockville, Md. earned their fourth Internationals title in convincing fashion by winning both races on the third and final day of the Penguin class championship held at Cambridge Yacht Club July 5th - 7th. Counting a discard, they were tied in points with Jonathan and Anne Bartlett after two days but the light and shifty conditions of the dying northerly on the third brought out the best in the Dailys who exhibited excellent boat speed downwind to take the title. Third place finishers Michael Hecky from West Trenton, N.J. sailing with daughter Rachel raced a consistent series to beat out Steve Lavender of Worthington, Ohio who sailed with his daughter Erin. The top five was rounded out by father and son Charlie and Douglas Krafft of Owings, Md., a second and third generation Penguin team.
The waters of the Choptank off Cambridge proved a varied and challenging venue for the series. Winds ranged from a first day moderate southerly to an 11 to 16 knot northerly on the second day after the front moved through Wednesday evening. All three days provided unpredictable shifts and choppy waters augmented with occasional large powerboat wake. Everyone needed their throwout in this eight race series. And, although the winds were never extreme the puffs were large enough to entertain the fleet with two sinkings on the second day. The new Penguin pump earned its keep.
This outstanding, square starting line (only two general recalls and no protests), regatta was superbly run by Tot O'Mara assisted by Julie Cox from Tred Avon Yacht Club. Support boats were handled by members of Tred Avon YC and the Eastern Shore Sailing Association. Shore side activities included a dinner at CYC Wednesday evening and a pool party at Debbie and Sandy McAllister's on Thursday, an appropriate gathering for this family-oriented class. Most of the 12 competing boats included sons or daughters as crew.
Results are available at www.penguinclass.com.
Penguin Regatta A
Penguin Regatta B