From left: Daniel Hearn Gold fleet 2nd, Chris Berger Gold fleet 1st, Erin Bury Silver fleet 5th and Top Rookie, Martin Malcheski Gold fleet 4th, Bob Rast Top Grand Master Silver fleet 1st, Hal Bowman Silver fleet 4th, and seated Bob Cave Silver fleet 2nd and Top Master. Photo: Julie Jankowski
Rob Evans Gold fleet 3rd and Mimi Collins
Proving that serving as a DN Class Officer is not a hindrance to winning a regatta, Western Region Commodore Chris Berger US5166 came out on top at the 2021 Western Region Championship sailed on Lake Michigan at Menominee, Michigan, March 6-7.The fleet enjoyed two days of excellent competition in a variety of wind conditions. On Saturday, the studs on Chris’ plank failed, resulting in 2 missed races. As the fleet lined up for the regatta’s last race on Sunday, Chris and Daniel Hearn US5352 were tied for first place. Chris won the last race and won the regatta by one point.
Quite a few novice racers took the opportunity to join the regatta, and we hope to see them back on the line at the next race.
Bob Rast won the Silver Fleet. He wrote about it on his Facebook page:
Great weekend in Menominee. Thanks to Chris Berger and Mike Derusha for finding a great piece of ice for the regatta
Light air on Saturday put me in third place and I had to figure out how to get in front of Bob Cave, who had me by six points; Pat Fitzgerald who had me by one point; and fend off Hal Bowman who was one point behind me A couple turns of the front Staymaster powered it up and heavier air turned it into thrill ride. Pulled it off! Very happy to win a second time never really expected it
Special thanks to Mike Derusha US2545 for scouting the ice, finding the landing, and building bridges across the heaves. Thanks to the Race Committee, including Chief Judge Dan Heaney, assisted by George Gerhardt, Fred Stritt, Julie Jankowski, and Mercedes Auger.
The 2021 DN Western Region Championship has been called on for Menominee, Michigan March 6-7.
NOTICE OF RACE
WHAT TO KNOW:
- Online registration is mandatory. Register and pay online at this link.
- Proof of Insurance: Please either upload when you register or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Text Notifications: Competitors will receive updates via text messaging. There’s no need to download any app. Please plan ahead and bring your phone to the race course. A spare recharging battery can also be helpful and perhaps your reading glasses.
After each race is scored, a photo of the line up sheet for the next race will be sent out via text messaging to discourage congregating around the competitors and Race Committee. The line up sheet will be posted but competitors must observe social distancing. Please do not crowd around the line up sheet and Race Committee.
Western Region Commodore Chris Berger reports that there’s “ice as far as you can see” with numerous options for race courses. The ice thickness is 12 – 14″ and he rates it a 7. There’s a heave to cross from the parking area/pits to the course and Mike Derusha has built a ramp for easy access to the sailing area.
Watermark Bay View Restaurant
Go through their parking lot and cross the lawn to ice.
1.Best Western Riverfront Inn
1821 Riverside Ave, Marinette, WI 54143
$75 Ask for DN Western Regatta Rate
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, March 5, 5 PM CT: Registration Closes. No exceptions.
Saturday, March 6
8:30 AM CT: Skippers Meeting
9 AM CT: First Race
Sunday, March 7
9 AM CT: First Race
Awards follow immediately after the final race is completed and results are tabulated