The 41st annual Harry S Truman Regatta and Awards banquet:
Whenever I think of a perfect day to sail I’ll be thinking of Sunday. It was Perfect weather, perfect wind followed by a great gathering of friends. Might not have been the best wind for a Green Lake race, but it could not have been better for the Harry, wind right up the channel. Walker and Carolyn were RC today since Mary Lou was the hostess for the Awards party. Thanks guys.
I think it was one of the best full fleet starts we’ve ever had. Everybody was up on or close to the line. I ended up toward the pin end and took the starboard tack out a long way. Jim and Jack jogged over on port for a bit and took the right side of the course. That proved to be the right decision since they finished 1 and 2. Ray and I from the left gave good chase and closed in but could not overtake them. But grand sailing was had by all. Dave and Denise took the double handed followed by Mike and Cathy who have won it a bunch of times. Well done. Mary Low last sailed with in in 1987 and will show you the healing bruises to prove it. See the web page for the Harry results as well as the whole season results and standings.
Joan Johnson organized the party and food. She ordered chicken from Franks and based on all the comments I heard, it was a smash hit. Thanks Joan. Following the meal we took pictures of the 8 snowbirds who have properties in Florida since Irma the hurricane was bearing down on those locations while we ate. As of this writing it seems that all the abodes were spared major damage. Next we handed out the awards for the season and we have plenty to hand out. You can see the score sheet on the web but as for the two majors, The Summer Series was won by Doug, with John in Second, Peter Third and Christian fourth. In the Regatta Series Doug also won that followed by Christian Second and a three way tie for Third among Glenn, Michael Ingel, and Peter. Sailor of the year was clearly Doug Ward.
The finale was Peter turning over the reins to Glenn as the new Commodore. Rob followed that up with a very nice plaque for Peter in recognition of his 17-18 years of service.
I thank all of you for all the support and making sailing and socializing on Lauderdale Lake so much fun.