The 2019 Frostbite Turkey Trot Regatta on Sunday, November 17th, was brisk, puffy & shifty. Fortunately, the water was relatively smooth but the northeast winds from 8-20+ mph made the day a real challenge. The 6 boat fleet was small but competitive. Unfortunately, the conditions were a little too challenging for the Laser fleet did not race. The Sunfish fleet had some close racing and everyone DID keep their mast pointing up all afternoon long. Billy Sesack, sailed consistently to take the Regatta title while Paul & Doug Wefer tied behind him with 12 points. Joe Beitch again showed great improvement while Sean Murphy and Annika Kaelin found some of their own moments to shine. Michael Johnson & David Lawson did show their courage to try the conditions but chose not to push beyond their comfort zone so they only made it around the track once. As always, thank you to Mary Ellen Wefer & Charles Beitch for running 7 efficient windward-leeward races. Further, thank you Mary Ellen Wefer for making sure that everyone went home with the customary Turkey Trot turkeys as trophies.
The ladies arrived for the LYCE on Saturday morning but the conditions were too rough to sail. The Northwest wind did diminish so that when the men headed out at 2 PM it was flat calm. Teams practiced their spinnaker work in the variable conditions but the fleet struggled to get out to the Race Committee (Mary Ellen Wefer & Debra Dumas) that was out on the course. Eventually a light breeze filled back in from the northwest and it built and built until the fleet sailed home in 15-20 mph.
Overall, the wind ranged from 3-12 across the 5 windward-leeward-windward races for the MYCE. Paul Wefer & Mike Emmert took a liking to the strong conditions and won the last four races to win the MYCE for the third year in a row. John Dawson & Doug Wefer showed they still have the touch to finish second and Anthony Dekkers & Dan Deegan revealed to be closet spinnaker pros to finish third. The Don Kavanagh – Dave Lawson team modeled consistency to finish fourth while Past Commodores Jim Arnemann & Tim O’Rourke hoped the regatta ended after their first race second but still had moments where they showed off their experience. Last minute registrants, Norm Sorenson & Mike Kontonotas finished 6th but showed they’ll be a force in years to come.
Dawn broke on September 7th with the windy remnants of hurricane Dorian. But it was sunny and despite the relatively early start time of 8:30AM the kids were drawn to the SCYC dock for the 18th annual snapper derby. They were not disappointed. Close to 100 fish were caught and in addition to snappers [baby bluefish] we saw a fluke, multiple porgies and even a sea robin to make things interesting. In the 13 and over group Jackson Bachner walked away singlehandedly with the first fish and most fish. In the 12 and under group we saw first fish caught by Henry Bubbico. Leo Rassin was the fish whisperer with high hook of 14! Hot on his tail representing the future female anglers of America was Rayna Giberstein with 10 fish, and Blake Bowen rounding out third place with 8. Special award was garnered on Charlotte Emmert for being the youngest angler and catching 2.
Next year we plan on making it interesting to include a 40 and over category for all of those parents who would like to participate alongside their kids and even some who just want to test their angling acumen.
Congratulations to all the participants, this year’s winners, and to the parents who helped put this once a year event on their calendars!
The Texas Party had a great turnout, we had line dancing, bull riding and a real how down. Thanks to chef Nick for really good Barbeque (remember that’s a noun not a verb). Ken Chiarella lent us a state of the art smoker and we put 12 hours of smoke on tender delicious beef brisket. If you saw the smoker you saw it had special temperature probes, micro fans to keep the wood at the exact temperature, an overhang to keep the chef out of the sun, leveling legs and more.