The 2012 Turkey Race

MOTHER NATURE SMILES
DOWN ON TURKEY RACE

 For many of us, the Turkey Race is the last hoorah for our sailing season and Mother Nature supplied just the right amount of wind to make it exciting, yet not overpowering. Just when it looked like you were not going to make your mark She came along with a nice puff to round you up above your mark. The wind gradually increased all day, making each rounding easier to handle due to the knowledge gained on prior roundings. The rain earlier in the week left the lake at high levels, which also helped. In other words, it was a perfect day to be on the lake.

We originally had eight boats scheduled to race, but Bob Ciferri dropped due to his mother’s death. Our sincerest condolences go to you, Bob.  New member, Rick Crump, ventured out but dropped almost immediately, citing the inexperience of the crew. So we sailed on with six boats, all of which finished the five roundings in good time.  The good winds kept most of the boats in close vicinity, which allowed observant crews to keep their boat competitive. Joe Rutolo benefitted greatly from having on board old-pro crew, Conrad Vanino. This kept them in the mix and allowed them to capitalize on Joe’s handicap to take a first in all the laps, which were deemed to be individual races. Second place overall went to Tom Stoner with crew, Barry Sipe. Barry, a newbie, made up for his lack of experience with much exuberance and was really into the racing. Phil Correll, with another new-to-sailing crew, Terry Aldom, earned third place.

The thought to treat each lap as an individual race was mine and was done to keep competitiveness high by having a fresh start with each lap, or race. The results were used to calculate the day’s winners and will be used in the calculation of future handicaps. However, as in the past, the Turkey race will be used as one race in combining with prior race days to calculate the overall winner for the season.

Our thanks go to Jan Stoner who headed up the race committee for all race days. There were times this season when it looked like she was going to be a one person committee! Also, I want to thank Ron Hrabak for his work in posting the race result sheets. Calculating each lap as a separate race dramatically increased this effort and he performed it accurately. Thanks to Barb Vanino, Jay and Jane Moyer for managing the Chase Boat. Thanks also to all club members who came out to watch the racing and thus support racing and sailing in general within the club.

Tom Stoner

Racing points
accumulated toward 2012 Championship

Results as of : YTD 6/30 7/28 8/25 9/29 10/20
Skipper Handicap Next Race
R Witzke

1.0

22

14

7

1

T Stoner

1.149

19

9

5

5

T Stone

1.013

17

17

J Rutolo

1.338

15

3

6

6

A Antonini

1.102

11

8

3

P Correll

1.158

10

6

4

T Stajkowski

1.279

3

3

R Hemphill

1.088

M Adair

1.227

M Katzen

1.180

B Ciferri

1.093

Points represent number of boats beaten plus 1/race.

 

Race Photos

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