The 2017 Finn master’s is in the books, congratulations to the 2017 North American Finn Master Darrell Peck who sealed the deal today against Peter Frissell in a very light and challenging race.
This morning saw a 4 hour shore postponment as the land generated breeze got in a fight with the gradient breeze which canceled each other out until the land finally heated up enough to allow a tiny bit of wind to settle in from of the East. The AP was finally dropped at 13:30 and the fleet left the dock. While only a few points separated the top 5 boats the sloppy conditions made for a hard fought finally. On the first upwind leg the leaders tried to keep their boats moving as they jumped from wind line to wind line, Darrell made the best of the crazy conditions rounding the first mark ahead of Chuck Rudinsky and Peter Frissell. Peter was able to get ahead of Chuck but still couldn’t reel in Darrell.
Darrell won the race and the regatta with Peter a close 2nd.
Chuck Rudinsky sailed to a 3rd while Rob Coutts was 4th and Dariusz Iwanicki rounded out the top 5 for the day.
After his win Darrell said “This was the hardest and most rewarding regatta I’ve sailed since the 2008 Olympic Trials”.
All of the hard work and training that Peter has put in paid off “I’m thrilled with a 2nd, it was a tough regatta and I couldn’t be happier with with the outcome”.
After all was said and done the volunteers, race committee, and the bartenders at North Cape Yacht Club did a excellent job over the weekend. NCYC was a perfect host and the Finn class is looking forward to another major regatta there in the near feature.
Next events on the Great Lakes Championship Series
Frost bite at Ford Yacht Club September 30th and October 1st
Fall Blowout at North Cape Yacht Club October 7th
Final results can be found at https://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=4207