December 16, 2007
Nine yachts sail in first race
By Karen Earnshaw
The rumor around town was that last
Sunday's Mieco Beach Yacht Club race was 'Rigg-ed.' After a bit of
investigative reporting, we can now officially say it was ... as line
honors and first place went to the newest yacht in Majuro, Ka Pai, skippered
by Richie ta-da Rigg.
A record nine yachts took part in the club's first race of the season, which
was held in blustery conditions with sunny skies.
After the action on the course, the dozens of crew attended the awards
ceremony at the clubhouse (a.k.a. Marshall Islands Resort), which is made
all the more fun because of our swag of great sponsors.
The ceremony was emceed by Commodore Liz Rodick, with the race results being
read out by the Royal Australian Navy's Mark Carey, who skippered the race
committee boat, True Blue.
As per tradition, the results were read out bottom up:
Ninth place went to the baby of the fleet, Hygelig; eighth to Phyrne (who
also won the Good Sportsman Award for giving crew a chance to enjoy an
afternoon on the lagoon, despite having no mainsail in working order);
seventh to Skylark II; sixth to Ursa Minor (with an long-time friend of the
Marshalls on board in the shape of Judy Knape); fifth to Watea; fourth to
Seal; third to Po'Oino Roa; second to Amulet; and first to Ka Pai.
The yacht club's next race is scheduled for Sunday, January 13, with the
skippers' meeting at 6pm on the preceding Friday.
Captions: (please click on link to open picture)
small sloop Hygelig sails alongside the cat Ka Pai in the first race of the
Mieco Beach Yacht Club's race season