2021 US NATIONALSJanuary 23 - 30, 2021
2021 US Nationals
The US Nationals is a non-ranking regatta scheduled in place of the 2021 Gold Cup World Championship, cancelled because of the pandemic.
Sailors and Race Committee must observe social distancing and COVID-19 guidelines.
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Professional video of the U.S. Nationals from Peter Norton KA2, who not only competed, after each of his races, he flew a drone or filmed with a long lens camera. Peter then generously handed it over to one of our newest members, Sam Bartel US1011 (who placed 4th in the Silver fleet in his first regatta), and Sam edited the footage.
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2021 Nationals Results
Thank you to all competitors, Vice Commodore Jody Kjoller, PRO Dan Heaney, with assistance from George Gerhardt, Dave Ray, and Brian, for making an effort to race and help run an exciting regatta in some of the coldest conditions we’ve seen in a while. Stay tuned for some photo galleries from Gretchen Dorian, who is not only an ace photographer; she also makes sure the weather marks don’t fly away when the wind knocks them down.
Day 1 Gold Fleet Race. Photo: Gretchen Dorian
Patience paid off this morning as the Race Committee postponed racing on the half-hour because of lack of wind. Finally, at 11:30, Dan Heaney and George Gerhardt, who had been standing in the middle of Black Lake watching the wind readings, reported that the breeze had filled in and there was enough to race. The wind was about 10 – 15 mph, and between the intermittent snow squalls, each fleet went around the track for a total of 3 races. Both of my weather apps failed to predict the wind today, showing that getting to the lake is the only way to know if the wind is there. Temperatures were frigid again, but it seemed like everyone has adapted to the conditions.
SCHEDULE FOR DAY 3
Thursday, January 28
10 AM First Race
Three races are planned for each fleet.
Be prepared for possible postponement onshore with the light wind forecast.
It was a long cold day on the ice with a good breeze, excellent racing action. Manageable snowdrifts on the course made for challenging sailing, especially if sailors have never had to deal with the art of dodging drifts and keeping a DN up speed. I wish I had photos to post, but the cold meant economizing movements, focusing on writing numbers, and taking pictures of the score sheets for our tabulators, Ann and Bob Foeller. I know I speak for everyone when I say how tired I am tonight.
SCHEDULE FOR DAY 2
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26
10 AM First Race
Time for a quick update from Cheboygan, MI before heading to Black Lake, site of the U.S. Nationals, a non-ranking DN regatta. The breeze finally came up yesterday afternoon which allowed for some training races. Winds look better today but it’s going to be cold out there. Follow along with as-they-happen results from our off shore race committee tabulators, Ann and Bob Foeller, who are in Toledo, OH.
The starting line-up for the mini-qualifier and the first Gold fleet race is posted below.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
9 AM: Skippers’ Meeting out on the race course, (NOTE: Skippers’ meeting will not be in the pits because there are different launches.)
10 AM First race, mini-qualifier
|S||US 1576||BRIAN JONES||1|
|S||US 5498||RICHARD GORDON||2|
|S||US 5608||NICK HOVLAND||3|
|S||US 5630||KAREN BINDER||4|
|S||US 4789||CHRIS CLARK||5|
|S||US 445||BOB CAVE||6|
|S||US 3433||ROBERT CUMMINS||7|
|S||US 5127||HUGH STEVENS||8|
|S||US 216||RICHARD POTCOVA||9|
|S||US 530||BOBBY CUTTING||10|
|S||US 2500||ERIC SMITH||11|
|S||US 5397||ERIN BURY||12|
|S||US 4137||KEN SMITH||13|
|S||US 4974||STAN JONES||14|
|S||US 4532||BILL EKLUND||15|
|S||US 5647||MATT MEYER||16|
|S||US 4783||RHEA NICHOLAS||17|
|S||US 5435||JODY KJOLLER||18|
|S||US 5824||ROLF VAN HOUTEN||19|
|S||US 294||LOU LOENNEKE||20|
|S||US 1277||HAL BOWMAN||21|
|S||US 5470||THOMAS DAWSON||22|
|S||US 5760||NOAH JONES||23|
|S||US 4203||PAT FITZGERALD||24|
|S||US 5358||DAVID FROST||25|
|S||US 5486||DAVE ELSMO||26|
|S||US 5652||SAMUEL BARTEL||27|
|S||US 5451||ANDREW ALLEN||28|
|S||US 5053||GEORGE REIS||29|
|S||KA 2||PETER NORTON||30|
|S||US 4192||RANDY ROGOSKI||31|
|S||US 5654||GAIL TURLUCK||32|
|S||US 5219||KENT BAKER||33|
|S||US 1313||BOB RAST||34|
|S||US 2237||MIKE STEWART||35|
|S||US 4155||RICK LEMBERG||36|
|S||US 5430||BILL CUTTING||37|
|S||US 637||JOSEPH MEADE||38|
|G||US 3283||JOHN WILLIAMS||1|
|G||US 4926||STEVE ORLEBEKE||3|
|G||US 3||JIM GROGAN||4|
|G||US 4||GRIFFIN SHERRY||5|
|G||US 60||JOHN HARPER||6|
|G||US 4638||GUY LOVEJOY||8|
|G||US 5166||CHRIS BERGER||9|
|G||US 807||ROBERT FRANCIS||10|
|G||US 5352||DANIEL HEARN||11|
|G||US 4882||RICHARD WOLLAM||13|
|G||US 321||MIKE BLOOM||15|
|G||US 3705||ROBERT HOLMAN||16|
|G||US 5224||JAMES THIELER||17|
|G||US 44||RON SHERRY||19|
|G||US 5633||PETER JOHANSON||21|