The 2nd Annual River Regatta, hosted by Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto Florida, on June 19, part of the 10th annual “Summer Sailstice” was a great success.
It was a typical summer sail in Florida with light shifty winds, a few squalls bringing more fluky wind and welcome cooling rain. The fleet was quite competitive with many of our best local sailors onboard, several over-early’s, and even a request for redress.
John Lynch, who again came up from Venice to participate, ran aground but with strong crew they managed to push off the bar without the engine and still take a first in cruising class! Not quite the case for Chuck Margetta, who had to fire up the motor to get his full keeled ketch floating again.
Bob Armstrong took a quick 2 hours and 45 minutes for a 1st Overall with his J/92 in spinnaker class, followed by one of the four J/24’s. The largest boat of the fleet, Mother Ocean, O’Day 40, with Rick Gress at the helm took 3rd. Dean Cleall, knowing the river well with her eddies and tide, took 1st in the multihull class with his Stiletto. The non-spinnaker class showed a tight finish with Gregg Knighton taking 1st with his Ranger 33, closely followed by Dave Ettinger with his Ranger 26.
Fun was had by all at the kick-off and the awards party. Regatta Pointe Marina provided an excellent setting, with great food from the marina restaurant Riverhouse Reef and Grill.
Thank you Sponsors, Race Committee, and Participants for making this a great event!
Nana Bosma, Regatta Chair
Results and a link to photos can be found under “Regattas” at www.regattapointemarina.com