Top Five NACR Boats = Top US Day Sailers
First Place 3797 Le Grand Fromage
Second Place 2772 BUBBA
Third Place 13158 Hot Flash
Fourth Place 13162 Vagabondo
Fifth Place 4536 Kanaka
The 2016 NACR was part of a larger Senior Sail Week held each summer at Put-In-Bay on the Ohio side of Lake Erie. Fleet 98, of central Ohio, served as the host organizers for the DS portion of the event. But our top 3 finishers were also recognized by the Inter-Lake-Yachting Association, whose annual event we crashed!
Congratulations to Mike and Erik McCaffrey #3797 Le Grand Fromage - 2016 North American Champions! Complete results here.Photos copyright Deb Mason-McCaffrey. Used with permission.
Sailing Put-In-Bay was fantastic. Thursday's practice race was in the bay below the Perry International Peace Monument. This was followed by three solid days of sail. Friday was hot, hot, hot. A Lake Erie storm drove us off the course shortening the fourth race of the day. Winds were blowing 46-48 mph as measured from Middle Bass Island. Most got in without issue, but a few were forced to tie off as best possible on the outside docks to wait it out. Roughly 60 minutes after what seemed like the Perfect Storm returned to hot and humid sunshine. Meals were part of the Inter-Lake Sailing Association's senior sail event with Toledo's own Tony Packo's Hungarian sausage sandwiches on Thursday, O'boys on Friday and a BBQ chicken and rib dinner Saturday. Racing Saturday was without the rain, but more chop. Nonetheless it was great sailing. We got 3 races in before the wind began to die. Sunday we had two races before heading in for packing up and heading home. The list of the 2016 perpetual trophies recipients is attached. Toby Deming received the Rebel Regional VP Award for growing the Portland fleet to 17 boats. Toby recently took over for Mark Schroeder in the Northwest Region. Many thanks to Mark for his contributions over the years!
Mike Clowes' Molds Half-Hull Models
A belated thank you to Mike Clowes from DS Fleet 98 in Columbus,Ohio for fashioning half-full model trophies for the first through third finishers at the 2016 Championship Regatta. They were beautiful!
Deb Mason-McCaffrey Recognized
For many years, Deb has photographed the NACR and made her images available to DS members at no charge. Deb is the wife of first place finishers Mike McCaffrey and mother to Erik. A professor by day, her photographs from the 2016 NACR, along with past years, can be found at SmugMug.com. Just use the password NACR2016. Photos are available for download at no charge, just credit the image is published with "Used with permission. Copyright Deb Mason-McCaffrey." Thanks Deb for all you do!!
DSA Members from across the country gathered on Cape Cod for the 2015 North American Championship Regatta sailed on Pleasant Bay.