June 27, 2010
After 3 days of up and down racing on Lake Mendota, Tom Freytag and his team on I-7 claimed the A Scow National Championship with a gritty race 4, and a statement race in race 5. With unsteady breeze in the 7-9 range, the I-7 found themselves in the back of the pack while Rob Evans and team on M-1 were in the top 5 in race 4, and only 2 pts behind in the overall standings. By the final downwind however, I-7 flew through the fleet and managed to finish one place ahead of M-1 to add an extra a point to their overall lead going into the final race.
Race 5 provided similar conditions and the start showed that the Wizard of Zenda, Buddy Melges still has a few tricks up his sleeve as he nailed the start at the committee boat and led most of the race. It was great to see Buddy taking charge and showing how he can still dominate. The speed and smarts of the I-7 were too much for Buddy and his team on Eagle, and it would be I-7 who would win the final race by a big margin to secure their overall title…a very well sailed regatta in tough conditions.
Overall, another fun A Scow regatta. These boats really are great racing machines with each team having fun people involved. Up next for the A Scows is the ILYA Champs on Lake Geneva in August which should have over 25 boats.
Top 10 –
10). V-0 – Nice work Dex!!!
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