Zeke, Robert Horowitz win Flying Scot Midwinters
Published on March 21st, 2014
New Orleans, LA (March 21, 2014) – The final two races of the Flying Scot Midwinters started an hour earlier today, but that proved too early for the wind, and the 29-boat fleet was under postponement for about an hour. When the wind did come in, it was the long-awaited southerly breeze, which had been forecast to occur almost every day of the regatta, though mostly northerly winds prevailed.
Benz Faget of New Orleans won the first race, expertly reacting to the oscillating winds. Prior to the second race, the wind shifted far right and the race committee had to move into the lake to make room for the course. Then there were five postponements and one general recall, but once the race got underway there were no more surprises, except that Eric Aschaffenburg, who was 10th going into the day’s racing, walked away with the win.
The overall winner after 8 races was Zeke and Robert Horowitz, proving that consistency is king. Despite not winning a race, Horowitz lead for much of the regatta, closing strong with a second in the final race. Of the eight races, six different boats finished first.
Horowitz finished with 34 points, followed by Paul Abdullah/ Alex Krumdieck with 39 and Benz Faget/ RJ Trejo with 48 points.
This was the first regatta where VHF radios were permitted to call boats over early, with three general recalls occurring over the five-day event.
Three father/son teams trophied: Horowitz (1st place) sailed with his dad, Jay; Dave Bolyard, Jr., (6th place) skippered for his dad, Dave Bolyard; and Greiner Hobbs (7th place) raced with his dad, Robert, acting as crew.
Report by Deb Aronson