The 110th Ephraim Regatta, the oldest continuous regatta in the United States, was held over the weekend of Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2. There were 27 Flying Scots (including nine juniors) registered for the event. Flying Scot Fleet #44 hosted a pre-regatta, on-and-off-the-water clinic, organized by Fleet Captain Jennifer Ikeda-Faugust with coaches Ryan Malmgren and Larry Taggart on Friday afternoon. The clinic was followed by the Regatta Welcome Party.
PRO Dan Goldberg of Pittsburgh, PA was able to get in three races on Saturday. The projected high winds had subsided enough to hold races in moderate to what ended up to be light conditions. The first two races were W/L with three legs; the third race was W/L with five legs. Each race had different conditions and you couldn’t predict which side of the course would be better, making for a lot of interesting changes throughout each race. Racers headed to the 40th Annual Bratfest following racing for an evening of all the bratwurst, roasted corn and beer you could eat and drink.
Sunday morning showed bands of storms approaching. PRO Dan Goldberg called for a postponement while the Race Committee watched the radar. After waiting for a while and determining that it would be difficult to launch boats and get in a race before more severe storms approached, the Race Committee abandoned races for the day. While it may have been possible to get in one race, it proved to be a wise decision to cancel for primarily safety reasons. Subsequent to the trophy presentation and just following the last boat to leave the club, the third storm came through, bringing winds with gusts up to 70 (and three Flying Scots blown over on their trailers), followed by power and Internet outages for thousands of people.
The winner of the Vail Cup (winner of the first race) was Jay Lott of the Ephraim Yacht Club. The winner of the Charlie Sauter Trophy (the last race) was Ben Williams of the Clinton Lake Sailing Association. The winner of the Peder Knudsen Trophy (the highest ranking husband and wife team) was Ben Williams with his wife Deb Aronson. The winner of the Sturgis Trophy (the highest ranking skipper, age 18 or under) went to Benjamin Therien of the Ephraim Yacht Club. Acknowledgement went to Mark and Maria Benner from Pennsylvania, the racers who towed their boat the farthest. Top five overall regatta trophies were awarded as follows:
1st Place – Larry Taggart (Southern Yacht Club) with Sonny Smith (11 points);
2nd Place – Ben Williams (Clinton Lake Sailing Association) with Deb Aronson (12 points);
3rd Place – Frank Gerry (Clinton Lake Sailing Association) with Marianne Gerry (18 points);
4th Place – Eric Bussell (Clinton Lake Sailing Association) with Chris Tesdahl (20 points); and
5th Place – Nancy Claypool (Ephraim and Southern Yacht Clubs) with Carol Claypool and Leslie Smith (20 points)
Complete results are here.
The 111th Ephraim Regatta will be held next year on August 6-7, 2016.