The 2018 X-Boat Season is Underway...
2018 WYA X-Boat Regatta - hosted by Cedar Lake Yacht Club
Cedar Lake Yacht Club welcomed us all to the WYA regatta, but Mother Nature gave us a shifty northerly breeze with consistent race showers during both days. The race committee was able to get 3 races off on Saturday and 1 race on Sunday.
Race one the fleet started after a general recall. On the next start V-115 Gloria Tornehl & Adam Biwer port tacked the fleet to grab the early lead. While Gloria controlled the first half of the leg, the fleet raced to both sides of the lake and it seemed that the right side was the side to be on as A-136 Abbey Eckert & Allison Heimsch took the lead and won the race. V61 Charlie Allen & Megan Isabell were second followed by D30 Nathan & Graham Hetzler. After V-115 Gloria Tornehl’s port tack and great sailing to an 8th place finish in race 1, we learned she was in pain most of the race with her back bothering her. We hope she is better and can sail the Inland.
The wind was building, but so was the rain for race 2 as the leaders were changing over and the last 100 yards were the most exciting. V-88 Sam Spencer & Austin Steiner were looking good for the win, but V-213 Meta & Fritz Simon were charging fast after sailing through the fleet with X-8 Luca Marban & Alec Harned closely behind. V-88 came from the right side and V-213 came from the left side closing in at the finish line. The V-88 won the race by a nose as this was about as close as it can get. It was a great job by the three contending boats to finish this closely as all the parents watched on.
After lunch with some very strong puffs coming across the lake, we started race three. V61 Charlie Allen & Megan Isabell grabbed the lead and seemed to be in total control until the last leg when V-511 Red Tornehl & Grayson Bruss sailed beautifully through the fleet and were gaining on V-61. But in the end Allen & Isabel were clearly sailing well and finished strong by hitting all the right shifts to win the race. V-511 was second and A-25 Austin & Max Jaessing gaining lots of ground to finish a close 3rd.
The rain continued to build and unfortunately not everybody struck around for the after race festivities. V-61 Allen & Isabell were leading, tied with D-30 Hetzlers and many boats very close to them.
Sunday saw cloudy skies, but another northerly wind direction which allowed the race committee to use the long part of the lake and stretch out the course. The wind seemed to be favoring the port end as V-213 Meta & Fritz Simon came of this end and then sailed every shift perfectly to open up a big lead. The next ten boats were all over each other as it was hard to tell who was going to be where. V-88 Sam Spencer & Austin Steiner grabbed second early and continued on to finish there. A-136 Abbey Eckert & Allison Heimsch were 3rd followed by V-511 Red Tornehl & Grayson Bruss and V-31 Ella Schieble & Carly Kiss grabbing fifth.
After Meta & Fritz’s consistent & dominant performance was plenty to win their second consecutive WYA Championship. The rest of the fleet was very close point wise as these were the top ten.
2. V-88 Spencer & Steiner 30pts
3. OO-747 Sean Mihelich & Tanner Hetherington 30pts
4. X-4 Ellie Harned & Molly Hostetler 31pts
5. V61 Allen & Isabell 32pts
6. A-25 Austin & Max Jaessing 32pts
7. A-136 Eckert & Heimsch 36pts
8. D-30 Hetzler’s 40pts
9. B-7 Annie Cate Schmidt & Anneliese LeRoy 44pts
10. V-511 R.Tornehl & Bruss 45pts.
V-213 Simonized Meta & Fritz Simon 2018 WYA X-Boat Champions
OshKosh X-Treme - Girls Run the World!
X-4 Windohover - Ellie Harned and Annie Rowe take X-Treme Honors
B-7 Little Schmidt - Annie Cate Schmidt & Anneliese LeRoy take second