Vintage Stars get tested on Gull Lake
Published on September 29th, 2017
Richland, MI (September 29, 2017) – The second day of the Vintage Gold Cup completed three races today in 8-15 knots of wind. At times, the gusts were up to 17 knots which is a lot of wind for these restored, 50 year old, boats. There were a few breakdowns today.
Reports regatta leader Paul Cayard:
In the first race of the day, race 3 of the regatta, Brian Fatih and I led wire to wire keeping things rolling from yesterday.
In race 4, we got out of phase with the wind shifts early and got in traffic. On the second windward leg we went left which the locals have been telling us all week is the favored side here. The only time we didn’t win the race is when we went left. We finished 5th in race 4 while are closest rival, Arthur Anosov and Julius Caesar, won the race. Andy Mac sailed very well to get second in that one with Mark Reynolds and Johnny Mac rounding out the top 4.
Race 5 saw Brain and I get back on our form. We were third to the first mark, and stayed in third at the bottom gate. Arthur rounded the right hadn’t gate and headed off the the left while we went back to our favored right side behind Andy Mac who was having another great race. We played the right and worked the shifts to lead at the top mark and held our lead down the final run to take race 5.
After racing, there was a concours d’elegance, with 20 judges all viewing the boats and asking the skippers why our boats are special. Mine, 4789, is the only Gold Medal winner in the feet and the only varnished hull. The keel is painted gold so I told the judges it was made of gold since the boat was a gold medal winner. Some of them bought that.
The winner, announced at later at the banquet, was Don Parfet’s boat SoSo with hull #5050.
Of utmost importance, tomorrow morning at 08:00 we will play the back 9 of the golf tournament. My partner, Jim Babel, and I are tied with Reynolds & Reynolds for first place. I played better than usual yesterday so I am a bit worried about tomorrow’s expectations.
The wind forecast for tomorrow is light winds. This could be the great equalizer as it is very easy to get big shuffles in the fleet with light and shifty winds. Two races are scheduled beginning after golf. This is civilized sailing!
The inaugural event on Gull Lake is being held September 28 to 30.
Day Two Results (12 boats; 5 races, 1 discard)
1. GEM IX, USA4789, Paul Cayard / Brian Fatih – 1 -1 -1 - -1 ; 4
2. Magic, USA4985, Arthur Anosov / Dave Caesar –  -2 -2 -1 -3 ; 8
3. Flapper, USA4648, Mark Reynolds / Michael Brundage –  -3 -4 -3 -4 ; 14
4. Pink Lady, USA4583, Andy MacDonald / Josh Revkin –  -6 -6 -2 -2 ; 16
5. Cautious, USA4187, Tom Londrigan / TC Belco – 4 - -3 -6 -5 ; 18
6. Shirttail Too, USA4554, John MacCausland / Arnis Baltins – 5 -10 -5 -4 - ; 24
7. Toss Up, USA5050, Don Parfet / Craig Lockerbie – 9 -5 - -8 -6 ; 28
8. Heather, USA5177, Jon VanderMolen / Rick Burgess – 2 -7 -7 - -13 ; 29
9. Woody, USA4748, Andy Ivey / Ed Gardner –  -4 -8 -10 -9 ; 31
10. Bottoms Up, USA4663, Larry Whipple / Kirk Utter – 7 - -10 -9 -7 ; 33
11. Hope, USA4125, Keith Donald / Kevin Elterman –  -11 -9 -7 -8 ; 35
12. BaBoon, USA4650, Jim Babel / Bill Hawk – 10 -8 - -13 -13 ; 44
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