Friday, October 16, 2015

SPOONY TACTICS Overwhelms J/24 District 10 Champs

(Indian Harbor Beach, FL)- The Melbourne Yacht Club and Eau Gallie Yacht Club hosted the annual J/24 District 10 Championships from October 3-4. Fourteen boats participated and they were welcomed by the first cold front of the season introducing gorgeous weather on the Indian River.

This regatta was hosted by two of the local clubs with EGYC responsible for all the onshore activity (east of the bulkhead) and MYC managing the racing (west of the bulkhead). This year, three sponsors were on board to ensure all crews had a good time. Intracoastal Brewing Company hosted the welcoming party at their Eau Gallie facility, assuring crews were met on shore with a tasty brew each day. Also they donated hats to each of the participating boats. Anchorage Marina stepped up to launch and retrieve most of the participants with no hassle and much fanfare. Noble Awards supplied prizes for each of the winning crew and Florida State Series t-shirts to each of the boats sailing.

The sailors are always fortunate to have a daily SE seabreeze in central Florida.  However, the passing of the cold front with a constantly shifting Northern breeze puzzled all, including the locals, to which side of the course to attack.

Seven races were sailed in breeze of 10 knots or less (they may have gotten 12 knots the last race but it soon dwindled). Lots of course changes and some out of the blue (south) wind lines made it important to not drop your attention to the racing.

Though they did not have their “Chamber of Commerce” conditions, they certainly were fine enough for the District Championship. Todd Fedyszyn sailing SPOONY TACTICS from Davis Island Yacht Club won the 2015 District 10 Championship.  Meanwhile, Scott MacGregor sailing RABBLE ROUSER scored second overall, followed by Dave Noble and crew on HALF ASS for third.

To all the volunteers and attendees, a massive “high five” and a huge “thank you” for making this a great event once again. This was the first stop of the Florida State Series, followed in November by The Florida Yacht Club’s Kings Day Regatta. For more USA J/24 sailing information