The 2017 X-Boat Season is in the books!
X Blue Chip Report: Chapman Petersen & Caroline Holland become back-to-back Blue Chip Champions with a perfect day.
By Irwin R. Fletcher
It was a bright sunny day with a bit of chill in the air when we arrived on site at the Cedar Lake Yacht Club. The winds were light, but it promised to build as the day progressed. The race committee took the kids out right away and let the wind settle in from the north at 6-8 mph.
The race committee had moved the fleet south down the lake to take advantage of the bigger part of the lake. They started the race as the fleet was spread from the west side to the east side, but this time the east side paid big as I25 Chapman Petersen & Caroline Holland grabbed the early lead. D30 Nathan & Graham Hetzler were second and the two sailed to a big lead hitting every shift correctly as they came down the lake. I25 tried to run away with the race, but no lead is safe and the D30 was able to get close a couple of times. I25 made sure to properly cover second the rest of the race and win his second race in a row. J2 Jack Scherer & Jacob Bowman, W20 Owen Harrod & Hank Sveum along with A17 Ali & Kelsey Vollmer were battling for 3rd most of the race, but the V88 Sam Spencer & Austin Steiner, who were about 20th around the first mark, worked their way through the fleet and on the final leg sailed every shift to move into 3rd for the race followed by J2 Sherer & Bowman in 4th with A17 Vollmar girls in 5th and W20 in 6th.
The wind started to play tricks with the race committee as they tried to start the second race of the day, but the shifts were too big to start it right away. It finally settled in and they started the race. It was hard to tell which side would be the best side, but many sailed the shifts correctly as the V213 Meta & Fritz Simon grabbed the lead followed by D30 Hetlzers as they went to the right side of the course. I25 Petersen & Holland, who were about 12th at the first windward mark, gybed at the offset and rode a great puff over many boats to put them in 3rd. The next upwind leg the I25 hit a few shifts correctly and was back in the game for the race. The next time downwind V213 & D30 stayed on starboard on the way down with the I25 taking a quick gybe that allowed them to ride over the top of the other two and take the lead again. They never looked back as I25 Petersen & Holland won their third race in a row on their way to their second consecutive Blue Chip Championship. D30 Hetzlers finished second for the second race to help improve them to 2nd overall. B11 Jonah Boykin & Chandler Jarecki were 3rd followed by V213 Simmons & W20 Harrod & Sveum.
With this being a regatta requiring you to qualify by performance, it is the best of the best and again this year was no different. For those who were there, congratulations on a great season as it is hard to believe the 2017 X boat regatta season is completed. We congratulate all the regatta champions from this year and we will miss those who are aging out of the X boat as these will be some of your best sailing memories you will have and now you have some of the best friends for life.
First Place - I25 All In - Chapman Peterson & Caroline Holland
Second Place - D30 Penguin - Nathan Hetzler & Graham Hetzler
3rd Place - W20 Shake n Bake - Owen Harrod & Hank Seum
4th Place - V88 Haulin'Donkey - Sam Spencer & Austin Steiner
5th Place - J2 Fearless - Jack Sherer & Jacob Bowman
Top Female Skipper - V213 - Meta Simon & Fritz Simon
25th Anniversary of first Female Blue Chip winner Heidi Schweda & 2017 winner Chapman Peterson
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