WYC Hosting Team Racing Sept 1 (Fri) and Oct 1-2, 2011
If you are racing the North American's the weekend before, you have an option of joining the wonderful world of Team Racing. Stay tuned for more information!
WYC Sonar Sailors Compete in Team Racing Regatta March 27-28, 2011
Twelve sailors from Wayzata Yacht Club Sonar Fleet 5 competed in a Team Racing event held at the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club. It was a welcome relief from the winter weather in Minnesota to get on the water in Galveston Bay and sail in 80 degree weather with blue skies overhead.
WYC Sonar Team Racing Program
The WYC Sonar Fleet has been working on their team racing skills over the last few years. Our first event was at the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club in the fall of 2007. We had never team raced before and only had classroom instruction on the rules and plays. We came away from our first team racing event humbled with no wins. However, the experience gave us determination and we made a commitment to each other that we would improve in our team racing skills and come back to compete another day.
Since the fall of 2007, we’ve held practices in Wayzata Bay and have attended and hosted team racing events. Our hard work was rewarded in 2008 when Wayzata won a team racing event in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Winning in Sheboygan gave us the encouragement needed to keep training and working toward winning against the teams that beat us handily back in 2007.
Texas Shootout Team Racing Regatta
Our chance to see how we measured up came in late March this year. Five teams traveled to Galveston Bay to compete including; Wayzata, Rochester, Noroton, Marblehead and the host team Texas.
On the first day the winds were ideal for team racing – 10 to 15 mph with minimal wave action. Each team was outfitted in 3 Sonar sailboats and raced against each of the other teams in a round robin format. After the first day of competition, Wayzata was in 3rd place with a record of 4 wins and 4 losses. One of the highlights of the day was having 2 wins against the team from Noroton, Connecticut. There were several close races which came down to the wire and were often won or lost in the last few feet of the race. After racing ended for the day, teams were rewarded with a beer stop halfway down the “world’s longest dock” which is a quarter mile long, on the way back to the club. We all stopped to quench our thirst, tell lies and make new friends with the other teams.
The wind lightened up on the 2nd day of competition and backed a little bit to the east with a 5-8 mph velocity. We were slow off the starts and weren’t able to win any of our matches for the day. Someone on the team suggested that perhaps our celebratory mood the day before carried on too late into the night and early morning.
In the end, it is what happens on the water that matters and we just didn’t get the job done on day two. The final result is WYC placed 4th for the event. What we took away from the regatta is renewed confidence in knowing that we can compete with some of the best Sonar teams around. And we made a lot of new friends in the process.
Team Wayzata for Texas Shootout 2011 - Tom Brown, Hans Dickel, Kathy Fossen, Marty Fossen, Brenda Gensch, Tim Krech, Mike Maloney, Duane Olmsted, Sarah Olmsted, Jason Ostbye, John Rainaldi and John Sligh