The fifth annual Mid-Winter Regatta was another smashing success at the Mackle Park Lake this past weekend. Magnificent was the word used often.
I have never seen a better show that the Marco Island Model Yacht Club group put on, were the comments heard. Hosting 28 of the best RC/Laser skippers, it was largest Laser Regatta in the U.S.
For those who came to compete, as far as Wisconsin, Colorado and the Bahamas, the weather was spectacular. We enjoyed three terrific days, winds 10-20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph from the Northwest, we did not have to change the sailing course on either day of racing. We had excellent social activities on Friday evening at the Summit House and Saturday night at The Maxime Club.
The racing program was enhanced by first-time use of a computerized program, designed by Carl Hansen, MIMYC member. Twenty complete heats were raced on Saturday and Sunday.
The Odds & Even format was utilized in all races and all races went off without a hitch. The race director, Jimmy Carter, did a terrific job of calling the starts and finishes and resolving the few sailing issues that came up.
Friday afternoon, we were honored by the visit of Brian Milk, director of Marco Island Parks & Recreation Services. He surprised the local members with positives comments and how he wants to support our future events. He requested from George Domenech, the Commodore, to forward a proposal for improvements of our launching dock and meeting area.
The results on Sunday were very exciting for the MIMYC members as one of its own ran away with the Regatta. Jim Danbom, long-time member and one of the top club sailors, who missed last year because of scheduling problems, came in first with 34 points. He was followed by Mike Kaighin, Sarasota and Dave Branning, Maryland, both with 45 points, Jim Kaighin, Bahamas, 64 and Dennis Lang, 65, of Treasure Island.
Rounding out the top 10 were Rocky Cale, Marco Island, sixth; Steve Lang, Tennessee, seventh; Hank Buchanan, New York City, eighth; John Harrington, Crystal River, ninth and Dave Haggart, Marco Island, 10th.
The rest of the finishers included, Nic Nicolson, Marco Island, 11th; George Domenech, Marco Island, 12th; Steve Moyer, Indiana, 13th; Don Harthorn, Marco Island, 14th; Bob MacNeill, St. Petersburg, 15th, Bill Cook, Canada, 16th; Rick Hellyar, Marco Island, 17th; Dan Harvey, Key West, 18th; Carl Hansen, New Jersey, 19th; Tom Lucke, Winter Haven, 20th; Bob Walker, Marco Island, 21st; Tom Volpe, Illinois, 22nd; Gary Sharp, Iowa, 23rd; Tom Wald, Minnesota, 24th; Chappy Thiel, Montana, 25th; Scott Rice, Boca Raton, 26th; Ed Jackle, New York, 27th and Fred Ferris, Minnesota, 28th.