2016 RVYC Thermopylae Regatta
What a weekend for Thermopylae!
The 2016 Thermopylae Regatta saw a wonderful turnout with 7 entrants in the Melges 24 Divison, 5 boats in the M242 Division, 9 boats in the ATB PHRF 1 Division, 6 boats in the ATB PHRF 2 Division, and 8 boats in the Distance PHRF 1 Division!
Friday started with a lively group registering for the regatta, enjoying a burger and beer special and being entertained by a live Jazz Trio led by Edie DaPonte.
Saturday started off with a very excited group of racers all ready to head out. All fleets started their races on what felt like a gusty day; however, the wind decided to die right down, causing the Race Management Committee to abandon all races for the day.
Everyone headed back to the Club, and went straight to the bar for a drink and fun camaraderie while they awaited the dinner and entertainment. All racers enjoyed a delicious meal then listened to Bruce, John and Jackie tell their story about their experience in Rio for the 2016 Paralympic Games and their road to the Silver Medal in SKUD sailing for John and Jackie. Steve also presented his experiences to the eager crowd. The Paralympians were given a standing ovation from a very excited crowd, and John and Jackie even showed off their medals!
Sunday looked up, weather wise. With a steady 5 knots of wind blowing through the bay, all fleets raced multiple races and put themselves on the leader board. I got a chance to head out on a member’s boat to enjoy the excitement right from the water!
Once all the races were finished, everyone headed back to the clubhouse. Volvo Sailing happily presented a cheque to the Junior Program for $500 to Commodore, Dunnery Best to another standing ovation!
All race results are available on the website, here: http://www.rvyc.bc.ca/index.php/racing-overview/race-results/view-race-results.html but the big winners were:
Distance PHRF 1 Division: Nigel Martin, Bulletproof – 1st
Melges 24 Division: Wet Coast Sailing Team, Sunnyvale – 1st
M242 Division: Liane Kern, Crantini – 1st
ATB PHRF 1 Division: Mike Turner, Off the Chart – 1st
ATB PHRF 2 Division: Simone Walker, Peptide – 1st
Congratulations to all racers!
A BIG Thank You to UK Sailmakers for their sponsorship and Stuart Dahlgren who chaired the event, Trotac Marine for their Sponsorship and Volvo Sailing for being the title sponsor. We couldn’t have done this event without all of their support!