2013 Geneva Spring Regatta - 4th and Final Race
24 May 2013
First - Congratulations to Vincent Porter and Team on the I-2 for their victory.
Sailors showed up Sunday morning for the final races to a calm lake with patches of wind here and there to tickle the RC just enough that they would go out and check conditions. Finally 45 minutes before the noon deadline the RC announced a warning signal would happen at 11:40 for the final race of the regatta. The wind was SE 7-9 mph by the start time and built to 10-14 mph by the finish with one course change as the wind backed some after the first leg. A W5 course was set and leg times were: 8 minutes upwind, 6 downwind, 10 up, 5 down, and 9 up to the finish. It did not seem like a short course at all. These boats are just so darn fast!
Brian Porter (I-49) meant business after being LAST around a leeward mark the day before [I guess that is what happens when you poke an E-Scow legend in a class news article]. Brian wanted the leeward end and took it with good speed heading for the point where he tacked to port crossing all but Chris Jewett (M3). They were followed by Matt Schmidt (V-736), Augie Barkow V-37), Vincent Porter (I-2), Jeff Bonanni (LE-73), Peter Strothman (I-9), and Rob Mahony (J-515). The first downwind was a long starboard and only one boat jibed away in the first three quarters of a mile, and no, it did not help them catch up! Augie Barkow and Peter Strothman edged up in the standings on the next two legs at the expense of Matt Schmidt and Chris Jewett. Barkow had a quick tack onto a good shift at the leeward mark and moved into the lead which he held onto for a lap. Brian Porter got by Augie Barkow on the last upwind leg but Peter Strothman and Matt Schmidt were close and all four boats were going for max speed to get any advantage they could. Barkow had to wait until the last 400 yards before initiating a tacking duel or risk of losing Strothman and Schmidt. Porter made 3-4 covering tacks and Barkow was not able to escape and finished a very close second. Next was Strothman, Schmidt, Jeff Bonanni, Vincent Porter, and Tim Sugar (H-8) sailing very solid and steadily moving up 7 places in the race.
For regatta second place Lee Alnes (W-25) was in a fight with David Strothman (M-10). Lee had to keep at least one boat between them in the race to finish second for the regatta. David made it easier as 8 boats separated them at the first mark but at each mark Strothman was closing in. He fell short by a couple of boats by the finish.