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Race Results - Race 1

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November 27, 2005

Squall slams race fleet

The big, grey, menacing clouds started looming as the first of the yachts were reaching the leeward mark in the middle of Majuro lagoon last Sunday afternoon.

Up until then it had been a perfect day for the seven competing yachts to set sail with boats full of rookies eager to learn about life on the ocean blue.
Then, wham, slam, in came the storm with winds over 40 knots, forcing most of the Mieco Beach Yacht Club boats to shorten sail and two to turn on their motors and abandon the race.

The chap with the biggest smile on his face at the end of the day was Tom Sauer, the skipper of Toucan, which sneaked through the pack to take out line honors: “For the very first time ever!”

After race coordinator Virginia Watson worked out the race handicaps, Tom also came in first place, with Joe McCarthy’s Navi-Gator in second, and Frans Nooij’s Aquila in third.

The yachts only win bragging rights for their placings, with the great prizes being drawn from a hat during the awards ceremony at the ‘club house’ — the Marshall Islands Resort ¬— that evening.

Events director Caleb McClennen took the role of emcee (as commodore Richard Hickson was in Manila attending a workshop) and handed out everything from a drum of diesel (thanks to Billy Roberts of MEC), accommodation at the resort (thanks to Bill Weza), and a bunch of other goodies.

The next race of the season is planned for Sunday, December 18, with the skippers’ meeting schedule for the Friday evening.


Author:  Karen Earnshaw
 

       
       
       
       
       
       



 

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