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September 3, 2018
Thank you all very much for being such great members of whom to be commodore.
The following is what I sent to the Leelanau Enterprise, just to ensure that you do not think I wrote what they ‘l publish.
Labor Day Weekend was the final weekend of the Northport Bay Yacht Club’s season. Saturday’s final race was not only for the Finton Cup –the Max Finton PreMemorial Cup established in 1980 to honor founding member and club mentor Dr. Max Finton –but also for the club championship, with three boats just a point apart. Puff (Mike Sinclair) and Paradox (Glenn VanOtteren) got the best starts at opposite ends of the line, but the eight boats racing were all very close. Most boats took the rhumb line course to the south island buoy, but downwind helmswoman Peg Kroll kept Puff well to windward, placing it in the catbird seat when the south=westerly wind changed sharply to a fresh southerly half way down the track turning the reach into a beat. At the turn Puff trailed Paradox by just 15 seconds with Pegasus (Bill Allen) 15 seconds back in third. In the new southerly, the leg up to the bell buoy was a fast broad reach. Paradox pulled away and Pegasus gradually overhauled Puff which headed out into the bay in search of higher wind. The final leg from the bell buoy to the Northport marina was a beam reach led by Paradox, then Pegasus and Puff hanging on in third, but close enough? The remainder of the fleet, led by Kristin B II(Mike Cann) was narrowing the gap steadily. The result was close: after a very fast 90 minutes or less for the 8.5 nm course, Puff won the cup by 40 seconds from Pegasus with Paradox 1 minute 30 back in third. It was an excellent afternoon’s sailing.
On Sunday evening the club held its final social event and annual general meeting. Commodore d’Cuisine Tom Kalber ably aided by souscomm Linda prepared superb slow cooked chicken and pork with salsa and sauce, which members supplemented with salads, a memorable selection of baked beans, and deserts. The formal part of the evening resulted as follows:
Applebee Series (Saturday races):
Championship: 1st Puff, 2nd Grin (Chris and John Woomer), 3rd Kristin B II.
Sutton Olympic Series (Tuesday evening races): 1st Mr Wizzard (John Zevelkink), 2nd Puff, 3rd Kristin B II
Elected Officers for 2019:
Commodore: Campbell McLeod
Vice Commodore: Jim Richardson
Commodore d’Cuisine: Tom Kalber
Secretary: Shelley Lavey
Treasurer: Mike Cann