Saturday, August 4, 2018

Dillon Open Regatta Preview

J/22s sailing Lake Dillon Open (Lake Dillon, CO)- At a mile-high, there is no question that Dillon YC’s annual “Dillon Open” that is sailed on the Dillon Reservoir west of Denver high up in Rocky Mountains, is the longest-running highest altitude regatta in the world.  Yet again, a great of brave sailors on J/22s and J/24s look forward to sailing in one of the world’s most challenging sailing venues.  Ringed by 10-14,000 ft snow-capped mountain peak off the north, west and south, the winds can be capricious and unpredictable at best, if it’s from any of those quadrants.  About the only “normal” breeze that whisks across the lake comes from the southerly quadrants since the winds would not be swirling down off huge mountain peaks, down the slopes and on the lake surface.  The winds from the “hard” part are famous for “helicopter” puffs (seemingly mini-tornados) as well as vertical puffs- a.k.a. violent “micro-bursts” that drop out of the sky and knock boats flat out-of-the-blue, so to speak.  Nevertheless, the sailing and the vistas are spectacular!

J/24s sailing at Lake Dillon OpenEight J/22s, the biggest fleet in years, are registered to sail the event. In fact, a few “rock stars” from afar will be in attendance; namely Reed Baldridge from the College of Charleston YC in Charleston, SC.  He will be up again the smart local teams, such as Tito and Mateo Vargas on BABY DOE, Mike & Robyn Kline on NAUTI-MOOSE and Phil Cooper’s SWEET BABY-J.

Similarly, the J/24s have none other than past J/24 World and Etchells-22 World Champion Vince Brun sailing on Frank & Vivian Keesling’s THE DUMPSTER.  The long-distance award goes to Brad Dober’s STRAIGHT JACKET, a boat and crew from Corinthian YC of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania!  No question, the “family award” may already go to the Peters family (John, Susan, & Niko) sailing aboard their appropriately-named- HARMONY.   For more Dillon Open sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.