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GLSS 2018 - Simonized Waxes Competition
Bolstered by two race wins, V-213 - Simonized - Fritz and Meta Simon take first place.
V-88 - Haulin' Donkey Sam Spencer and Austin Steiner stay strong after TRAP win and pull out 2nd place.
Home lake phenom I-45 - All In - Chapman Petersen & Jake Plummer win the final race and take 3rd.
Full GLSS Results
QUADS - LBYC 2018 - A-136 - Not Too Sh-Abby can't overcome Little Schmidt
TRAP REPORT & RESULTS
V-88 Sam Spencer & Austin Steiner GO BACK-TO-BACK at TRAP
For the second straight year, V88, Sam Spencer and Austin Steiner, have bested the 59 boat fleet to win the TRAP. Team Haulin’ Donkey was very consistent. In the first six races their worst race was an 8th. This pretty much assured them of the win as they sailed the final race of the event, which turned out to be their throwout.
The Training Regatta at Pine has and will continue to be a training and coaching regatta focused on helping kids to improve their skills. This year the Head Coach was Ed Eckert from Cedar Lake. This former X ILYA Champion had a great group of young instructors to help. Racing was held in light wind for the two days and storms surrounding the lake, but never really hitting the lake. A few showers came down late Tuesday afternoon, but the race committee did an excellent job of getting the fleet off the water before they hit.
Race one set the pace for the event as Sam and Austin won the race with OO747, Sean Mihelich and Camille Bertrandt, in second followed by home lake sailor, Ellie Harned and Molly Hostetler, X4 in third.
Race two was a great battle between the ladies with X13, Suzanne Ackley & Alyssa Neumann, battling with V31, Ella Schieble & Carly Kiss. Ackley/Neumann led at the windward marks and Schieble/Kiss led at the leeward marks. In the end Ackley/Neumann crossed just in front of Schieble/Kiss to win the race with the V31 in 2nd. V88 Spencer/ Steiner continued their consistency with a 3rd place finish.
In race three V88, Spencer/ Steiner, jumped out to a nice lead, but the A14, Lindsey & Kelsey Vollmar, went right through the fleet to grab the lead and never looked back. The sisters had big smiles as they crossed the finish line. V88, Spencer/ Steiner, grabbed second followed by A5, Brittany Shabino & Jacob Eckert.
Moving on to race four, V88, Spencer/ Steiner, jumped out to the lead again as X13, Ackley/ Neumann & X4, Harned/ Hostetler, battled for the lead. On the last windward leg the fourth place boat of V10, Cole Schweda & David Kiss, sailed fast through the top three to grab the win. V10 was followed X13, Ackley/Neumann and X4, Harned/Hostetler, in third with V88, Spencer/Steiner, finishing fourth.
In race five X13, Ackley/Neumann, and V88, Spencer/ Steiner, were at the front again battling for the lead. V213, Fritz & Meta Simon, were charging in 3rd. The wind was light, but X13, Ackley/Neumann, battled through to grab the win followed closely by V88, Spencer/ Steiner. V213, Fritz and Meta Simon took third.
Race 6 was to start right before lunch and the wind was shifting to the northwest. It was building slightly and as the starting signal went off the V10, Schweda/ Kiss, along with V213, the Simons, port tacked the fleet with a lot of speed from the port end to launch them out to the lead. V10, Schweda / Kiss, started first and increased their lead to win going away. This was their second win of the day. V213, Fritz and Meta Simon, were second followed by A13, Charlie Eckert / Carson Boemer, in 3rd.
Race 7 was started in light air after a lunch break. The RC decided to do only one race, but a longer race to conclude the event. A14, Lindsey & Kelsey Vollmar, came from the left side to grab the lead followed closely by V213, Fritz & Meta. OO747, Mihelich /Bertrandt, were third. V213 was able to grab the lead on the upwind to go on to win the race. It was a nice family moment as they crossed the finish line with Meta hugging her brother Fritz, who won his first race skipping an X boat. A14, the Vollmar girls, were second with OO747, Mihelich /Bertrandt, staying in third.
There were 59 boats that attended this training event, with five different race winners, comprised of 3 senior sailors and 2 juniors. 2 sailors, one junior and one senior, who won two races each, with 4 senior sailors and 6 juniors making up the top ten. It was a highly spirited event that was well run by Ted Rolfs. Ted was awarded a tree to plant in hopes that he will climb it one day, just as he did when he was in sailing school a few years back. A very big thank you goes out to the Marshall family for allowing all of us to use their beautiful home as headquarters for the event. In the end, we can now call V88, Sam Spencer and Austin Steiner, TWO time TRAP Champions as they sailed a great regatta.
Report from Irwin R. Fletcher
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