2022 Y-Knot Cup Regatta

21st Annual Y-Knot Cup Regatta

Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Silver Fleet went out first in the morning, in a southerly of 10-15 knots, cloudy, choppy but no powerboat chop. Bill Dutcher’s race committee set up the course approximately a third of the distance across the lake, away from “Powerboat Alley” along the eastern shore; a long windward/leeward with finish to windward. The Silver Fleet sailors had to tune for and sail in fairly stiff wind with a one-foot chop.  In the beginning, it was a learning experience for a few, but no rescue boats had to be used. And there was no way for them to know it, but they had the higher wind of the day. For the Gold Fleet met a southerly, fading from 10/15 in the first race to 2 knots by end of the third race. Course was similar to that used for the Silver Fleet, but slightly shortened. 

Regatta photos on Flickr from Mike Hall

Basically, it turned out to be Bob’s morning, and Eric‘s afternoon. Thanks to the organized and tireless efforts of all ten volunteers and six camp staff, the regatta started and finished on time! The time pressure was on because forecasts and radar indicated increasing chance of thunderstorms starting at 1 PM. As it turned out, although the weather looked threatening and had heavy rain north of the Narrows, we saw only afternoon sprinkles in our racing area. (Radar showed heavy rains went through LG Village ~ 4 PM.) The heavy cloud cover resulted in almost no powerboat traffic, so the choppy water was purely a function of the wind. That’s a nice change for a Sunday event. All in all it was a very successful regatta with all participants looking forward to next year.

Gold Fleet

Place Skipper Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Total
1 Eric Rose 1 1 2 4
2 Dave Whalen 2 3 3 8
3 Paul Moore 4 5 (DNF) 1 10
4 Jim Finkle 3 2 5 (DNF) 10

Silver Fleet

Place Skipper Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 Bob Kraemer 1 1 2
2 Steve Safford 2 2 4
3 Shay Evans 3 3 6
4 Erich Pieper 4 4 8