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Date Race Fleet Overall
May      

27-28

Commodores Cup

3

 
June      
10-11 Boaters World    
16-18 Chicago NOOD

6

 
28 Tripp Memorial    
30 Queens Cup

2

71

July      

15-17

Port Huron Mackinac

7

7

15-19

Millennium 600

7

7

22-24

Chicago Mackinac

13

 
August      

18-20

Verve Cup

8

 
September      

2-3

Governors Cup

5

 

9

Anchorage Cup

DNF

 

Race Log

 

Commodores Cup

 

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Boaters World

 

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Chicago NOOD

 

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Tripp Memorial

 

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Queens Cup

 

Click here for more information on the South Shore Yacht Club Queens Cup.

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Port Huron Mackinac

Saturday, July 15th

The race started with fairly heavy upwind work. Light rain showers came and went during the day and night. Playing up the Canadian shore provided some new challenges in dealing with an unfamiliar coastline.

Sunday, July 16th

We rounded the NGS buoy off Southhampton at 6:44 AM. Attitude and many of the GL70s fleet were visible ahead as we rounded. From there it was a tight reach to Spectacle reef. As we approached the Michigan shore, the wind began to diminish. Corn noodle casserole, a crew favorite, was on the menu tonight. The first parking lot of the race appears to be developing.

Monday, July 17th

We finished the Port Huron Mackinac at 4:39 AM. It was hard to pass by the island and keep going. We beat passed the island and out under the bridge. 

For more Port Huron Mackinac coverage and final results click on this link to the Official Port Huron Mackinac web site.

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Millennium 600

Monday, July 17th

From the Port Huron finish, it was a long fetch down the Straights of Mackinac. We made the turn at Gray's Reef and have been beating down through the Manitous. We are still looking for the predicted Northwesterly breezes that could mean a great ride to Chicago.

The northerly breezes filled in at dinner time. They came in with a vengeance. Through the night we had sustained winds over 30 knots. The boat recorded a number of runs at over 18 knots.

Tuesday, July 18th

The winds have abated but are still from the north as we approach Chicago. Waves are large and boat speeds over 15 knots are still common. This has been a great ride down the lake!!!

We crossed the finish line for the Millennium 600 at 14:05:55. Three days and 15 minutes after the start in Port Huron. A shorter race than most anticipated. 

For more Millennium 600 coverage and final results click on this link to the Official Millennium 600 web site.

 

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Chicago Mackinac

Saturday, July 22nd

Another upwind start to a Mackinac!  Not to Windancer's liking.  Unlike most of the classes that started before them, Windancer and the majority of the GL70 class headed for the Michigan shore.

 Sunday, July 23rd

Windancer made landfall on the Michigan shore around Holland and headed north.  Still working upwind we rounded Little Sable point.  Light winds in the afternoon and evening made for slow going towards Big Sable.  At check in time  Windancer had just rounded Big Sable and entered a typical Mackinac parking lot for the evening.

Monday, July 24th

After a night of fighting through the parking lot, the expected southerly breeze began to fill in.  Finally, some downwind work!  We passed inside the Manitous and headed for Gray's Reef.  In the afternoon, we entered the Straits of Mackinac.   We powered towards the bridge with the maxi Fasizi in hot pursuit.  As we approached the bridge, we discovered the wind gods were not through with us yet.  Thermals, killed the prevailing southerly and established a northerly and before the finish it became an easterly.  This resulted in a sail change fire drill that saw more sails changed in the last 7 miles than in the rest of the race.  In the end, we finished to find all the GL 70s fleet already in their slips along with Zephyrus, Magnitude and Sayonara.   As well, the Farr 40 VooDoo was already in the well, looking like the IMS fleet winner.

For more Chicago Mackinac coverage and final results click on this link to the Official Chicago Mackinac web site.

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Verve Cup

The 2000 Verve Cup was not a regatta the Windancer crew will relish.   Prior to leaving the dock for Friday's first race a couple of factors were not in Windancer's favor.  First of all the timing of the regatta hit the

Friday

On the water, Windancer took a front row start in both races, crossing a  number of the class shortly after the start, only to quickly realize that we  lacked the horse power, (read rail meat) to hold any position.  Over all, we sailed well  when one considers that we were so underhanded, but in the GL 70 class, you do not get away with being underhanded when it blows.   Result,  two 9ths (Lasts).  We did beat Blondie because she chose to stay dock side  when she saw the conditions.  She has a rig on loan from Cynosure and did not want to risk it.

Saturday

Saturday was a better day.  John Jr. (the Cruiser) joined the crew giving us a strong ninth, and the weather cooperated.  Conditions about 8-10 and Windancer took off.  We again were in the front row, gassing Holua bad enough she took our stern and then some.  Windancer took the left side of the course and took advantage of a late left shift to be in good company at the mark.  We then did some bad sailing.  We failed to protect our position on Renegade, choosing to cross them when they were on the lay line, and tacked above and beyond them.  This in turn opened the door for Holua who was damn near put to bed, and both she and Renegade led Windancer into the mark.  We did beat Mongoose, Thirsty Tiger and Blondie around.  Blondie, Thirsty and Goose took flyers downwind and made out, at the leeward mark we only led Thirsty, who for some reason did not make out like the others.   Upwind we again went left which looked bad for a time, but then again, the left shift took over and we cut into the leads of all the boats on the right.  We again  rounded only ahead of Thirsty boat for boat, but it was evident that we were in the hunt.  Our downwind leg to the finish was 90% great, 5% OK and 5% not so good.  We were faster and lower than the California boys aboard Goose and cut into them about 200 of the 250 yard they led a the windward mark.   We took about 1/4 mile out of Blondie, who is now sailing very short handed to measure in, and looked to maybe beat her to the finish when she split tacks a few hundred yard from the finish.  Coming from the left on starboard, Blondie sailed up to Windancer, distracting us from the finish.  She gibed and it was a bear away for the line for both boats.  Blondie nipped us by 2 seconds.  No problem we got them on corrected, but we ended up in 4th by 18 seconds, behind Renegade.  Our mistakes...  Race two sucked.  Stripes came too close on port, forcing us to avoid her and placing us in a bad starting position over early. In the light stuff, getting back was hell.  We asked for room from Blondie who was also over but she forgot the rules of the road and did not give us room.  By now, the race was pretty much over.  We did beat Holua who was DSQed and Thirsty dropped out, but it was over from the start.  Next time we will throw the red flag on Stripes.  The GL 70 class is a gentleman's class and protests are the exception, but when someone commits a flagrant foul, and does not even acknowledge it, it is time to go red.  Big John is very anti-protest, but I am sure he will not forget the Stripes incident.  Maybe they should know Windancer needs a new paint job, and without a quick reaction from the new rudder, a collision would have occurred...

Sunday

Sunday, the wind was back on.  We had probably our best start, but Stripes just powered out from under us with a number one.  It was pretty disheartening.  Windancer is just not competitive in the 13-15 range with the other GL 70s.   Windancer beat Blondie and Thirsty for the regatta.  The level of racing in the class has improved even since the beginning of the year.  Windancer kind of beat herself in this regatta, but we are going to have to sail a lot better to sail with these guys next year, and we will.

Click on this link for the Official Verve Cup Results

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Governors Cup

High winds and short courses did not favor Windancer in this years Governor cup.

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Anchorage Cup

With winds predicted to be 15 to 25 out of the Southwest, Windancer's crew was looking forward more to the ride home, than the Anchorage Cup itself.  The race started with winds close to the predictions, but not long after the start winds began to subside and the crew changed from the #3 to the #1 heavy and finally the #1 light.  Finally, the wind dropped to nothing.  With leftover seas abusing the sails and little hope of finishing in the time slot the Windancer crew decided to drop sails and open the beer for the ride home.  Not the best end to the season, but at least the beer was cold!