Saturday, September 7, 2019

Squeals of Delight @ J/22 Great Lakes Championship

J/22 winners
(East Tawas, MI)- The setting was perfect. The clear blue waters of Tawas Bay were left pretty much empty for the fleet of J/22’s to sail and play ball in beautiful sunshine, flat water and 10-15 knots of unpredictable shifty breeze!

Tawas Bay Yacht Club’s crack team of race professionals did an amazing job. That team included RC PRO Don Thwing, aided by William Coberly and Yohann Thwing. Mark Set 1- Rich Main & Ann Princing. Mark Set 2- Peter Veremis & Matt Haglund & Matt’s cousin. This group got off four great races in tough conditions.  All of the sailors appreciate the hard work and the time commitment these fine people put forth in order for us to go sailing!

Racing was tight across the fleet and roundings were close. Said one skipper, “I personally have not experienced the amount of passing we saw this weekend, ever! The wind shifts were crazy and unpredictable. Rounding marks in first place meant nothing!”

In the end, a couple boats figured out how to finish the races better than the rest of the fleet.

Winning the event was an all-family affair- USA 454 SQUEALER. Mike Scott with his two sons Matt and Tim won the regatta. Congrats to the 2019 State of Michigan J/22 Champions who received a beautifully sand carved glass award from Award & Sports in Saginaw, Michigan! In a close second place, was Tom Barnes from the Charlevoix, Michigan fleet and his team sailing GREEN EGGS. Add to Flipboard Magazine.