Thursday, October 27, 2016

Gorgeous Cleveland (216) Regatta!

J/111 sailing Cleveland 216 regatta (Cleveland, OH)- Warm weather and chamber of commerce breeze welcomed seven J/22s, thirteen J/70s and six J/105s this weekend for the second annual Cleveland (216) Regatta. Four races were completed on a bright and sunny Saturday in varying breeze, flat water and 8-15 knots out of the south. All fleets were extremely competitive with aggressive starts and close finishes.

After day one, Mark Stuhlmiller on Eudaimonia was leading the J/22 fleet by 1 point over Adam Masters' Trainwreck, both out of Buffalo Yacht Club and Tim Roberts' MD Deuce, out of Edgewater Yacht Club, closely following. Tick Tock Croc, driven by Richard Nesbett out of Edgewater Yacht Club, had six points on a tiebreaker between Lee Sackett's Breaking Wind, also out of EYC, and Mark Allen's Macro Connect out of Pontiac Yacht Club. In the J/105 fleet, Chip Schaffner's Fall Line, out of Cleveland Yachting Club, was leading with four bullets and Robert Mock's Limousine Liberals, from Edgewater Yacht Club, was following with all second place finishes.

J/105s sailing ClevelandDay two started off cloudy, but with more breeze out of the southwest at 15-22 knots, gusting over 25 and nearing eighty degree temperatures. All fleets were again aggressive getting off the starting line and competitive at each mark rounding battling for podium finishes. After three races on Sunday, Mark Stuhlmiller on Eudaimonia placed first in the J/22 fleet with thirteen points, local Tim Roberts on MD Deuce had fourteen points, and Adam Masters on Trainwreck had nineteen points in third place. Richard Nesbett's Tick Tock Croc held onto the lead in the J/70 fleet with twenty points, followed by Lee Sackett's Breaking Wind with twenty eight points and Mark Allen's Macro Connect with thirty one points in third. Chip Schaffner's Fall Line won the J/105 fleet with straight bullets followed by Robert Mock's Limousine Liberals in second and Stephen Mitcham's Breezin' Bayou in third.

Many thanks to the sponsors: Quantum Sails Cleveland, Sailing Inc., Tito's Vodka, Boston Beer Co., Mapleside Farms and APS, as well as the families who were so generous to host visiting teams. Bobbi and Bruce Sundman pulled off a traditional Southern boil on Saturday evening and Quantum Sails sponsored the tailgate party on Sunday during the awards ceremony. PRO Mike Vining put together a flawless Race Committee and great fun was had by all! The third annual Cleveland (216) Regatta will be held in early October 2017 and we hope to see you there!  For Cleveland (216) Regatta sailing information