Friday, August 10, 2018

J/Fun @ Ugotta Regatta

J/70s sailing Ugotta Regatta (Harbor Springs, MI)- As they have done in the past, the Little Traverse YC’s famous “Ugotta Regatta” lived up to its “fun in the sun” promise, giving the sailors all they could have wished for and more over the three day weekend.  Sailed on the pristine Caribbean-blue Little Traverse Bay on the upper northwest part of the Michigan peninsula, the event hosted a big fleet of J/70s, a one-design fleet of J/111s, and a host of larger J’s sailing in the ORR and PHRF offshore classes.

The twenty-one boat J/70 fleet was unusual in that over 95% of the sailors were Corinthian boats.  In fact, Sarah Renz’s BERTEAU GROUP won both the regatta overall and the Corinthians Division, winning with just 15 pts in 8 races sailed!  Second was Jake Christy’s PALE HORSE, also taking second in Corinthians, and closing out the podium was the first pro-team, Bill McKinley’s DENALI 0.5.  The balance of the top five saw Scott Sellers’ TRES BURRITOS in fourth (3rd in Corinthians) and Polk Wagner’s ESCAPE in 5th position.

J/122 vs Windquest 90 footerWinning the J/111s was the triumphant trio on KASHMIR (Karl Brummel, Steve Henderson, Mike Mayer) with four 1sts and a 2nd for just 6 pts total.  Second was Brad Faber’s UTAH mirroring KASHMIR’s finishes for 9 pts total.  Taking the bronze was Carl Hanssen’s VARIANCE with 16 pts.

It was nearly a clean sweep in the nine-boat ORR C fleet for J/crews.  Winning was Matt Songer’s J/122 EVVAI with two bullets, followed by Bob Mampe’s J/122 GOTTA WANTA with a 2-4. Sitting in fourth with 7 pts was Geoff Briede & Jeff Clark’s J/120 SCOUT.

The eleven-boat PHRF B fleet was tough sledding for some of the J/Teams.  The third spot on the podium was determined by a tie-breaker at 8 pts each between two J/88s- Richie Stearns’ HOKEY SMOKE and Andy Graff’s EXILE, with the Smokers winning that countback.  For more LTYC Ugotta Regatta sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.