2018 SYC Regatta In Review
The 2018 SYC Regatta was held on August 18 and 19, 2018, on Saylorville Lake. This year’s race management team was managed by Dick Leaders and Craig Johnson. The race committee team included Greg Annexstad, Karl Wilt and several other sailors.
The regatta has historically been a two day event with a mix of both buoy racing and distance racing. The 2018 version was no exception. The race committee had the most challenging conditions on Saturday when they found that they had competitors, race management and all of the equipment needed to run the race – but, they were lacking a key component – wind. The postponement flag was eventually dropped and seven competitors began sailing toward the windward mark.
The race had diverse group of boats sailing. The fleet ranged from an Olsen 40 to a Hobie 16 – all faced the challenge of light winds. The race ended with Ed and Lois Dixon sailing their Hobie 16 to the finish first. Three other boats finished the race and the remainder retired. The race committee abandoned the remaining races for the day.
One of the great things about sailing is that every day brings a new set of conditions and a new set of challenges. Sunday was an excellent example of this aspect of our sport. The wind had returned to provide the eight boats competing with near perfect conditions for the Distance Race. The course had the weather mark set near the dam and the leeward mark set near the Milelong bridge.
The Saylorville Yacht Club awards three special awards to the Regatta competitors for the winner of the buoy races the Dan Wisnousky Memorial Trophy is awarded, to the winner of the distance race the Dr. Keith Riggins Memorial Trophy is awarded and to the overall winner of the regatta the Commodore’s Trophy is awarded. These trophies are awarded to each of the competitors at the Saylorville Yacht Club Annual meeting and banquet.
The Saylorville Yacht Club could not host this event without the assistance of the volunteers and the financial support provided by Karl Chevrolet.