Bergans win Tasar World Champs
Published on September 25th, 2022
Dalton and Lindsay Bergan won the 2022 Tasar World Championship with 30 teams from 8 nations competing in Seattle, WA. Held September 20-25, the regatta was a back and forth battle in the 13-race series between the Bergans and four-time World Champions, Jonathan and Libby McKee who finished second.
But as the regatta advanced, the McKee’s consistency was no match for Dalton and Lindsay’s superior upwind speed and low risk tactics. After two races and the breeze in transition on the last day, the Race Committee concluded the series with Dalton and Lindsay claiming their title by 9 points.
“It has been a great week and Lindsay and I sailed really well together,” said Dalton. “We love sailing in this fleet and against such high level talent. Things went well for us and we are really happy.”
From his vantage point in second place, Jonathan McKee reflected, “We are really happy with how we sailed. We just ran up against a better team! Dalton has such incredible drive and feel, as demonstrated by his recent RS Aero Worlds win. And Lindsay is a crewing force to be reckoned with.”
This event was historic in many ways. For the Seattle area sailing community, this World Championship marks the first time a major world championship has been contested on Puget Sound since the 1970s. For the Bergans, this is the first time the daughter of a previous World Champion has also earned that title – Lindsay’s parents Carol and Carl Buchan were the world champions in 2001.
The two-person dinghy attracts top sailors and is highly competitive with national and world champions filling the fleet. Four previous world champions entered – Jay and Lisa Renehan (1992), Chris Dance and Peter Hackett (2015), Anthony and Haley Boscolo (2013), and Jonathan McKee and Libby Johnson McKee (1996, 2003, 2007, 2017).
Considering the deep waters of Puget Sound with the race area in 500 to 900 feet of water, the event used remotely controlled robotic marks. “We got really lucky with the weather, with good wind and sunny skies showcasing Seattle,” said PRO Ben Glass, “and the mark bots made adjusting the course in the deep waters of Puget Sound super easy to ensure fair racing.”
Source: John Renehan