First Annual ISC Melges 17 Fall Championship Wrap-up

posted Oct 12, 2010, 3:34 PM by Melges 17 Fleet 9   [ updated Oct 12, 2010, 3:44 PM ]

Wow. What a great Cap to the season for the Indianapolis Melges 17 Fleet 9’s first fall regatta. While clubs throughout the region were pulling their docks from the water for the winter, participants in Indianapolis enjoyed cloudless skies and temperatures into the 80’s. Crews came from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. While many were seasoned M17 sailors, two crews raced the M17 for the first time with one of these two, skippered by Casey Call who took 3rd place in the regatta.

After a brief postponement due to lack of wind on Saturday a challenging afternoon of 4 races commenced. While the wind was a little shifty, it was more variable in wind intensity. Many sailors watched as leads they thought they had were handed to other crews on the lake traveling twice as fast 50 yards away. The finish to the 4thand what turned out to be the final race of the regatta was the highlight of the regatta and testament to the competitiveness of the racing. Finishing downwind, boats converged on the finish line from both side of the course with 8 of the 12 boats finishing within a 10 second time span. Sean Fidler took first place over Mike Dow with the same score and actually the same finishes (4-2-1-1). Sean was declared the winner based upon his first place finish in the 4th race. That’s close.

Following beer and banter around the boats, appetizers and wonderful hog roast dinner were served under the star filled sky. Sunday morning was quite a letdown from Saturday’s spirited racing. Sunday’s races were cancelled. All was not a total loss though. Most everyone learned something new and useful from Sean Fidler. I am excited about sailing, and sailing the M17 in particular, but Sean brings a passion that is inspiring. Sean, thanks for all of your help, campaigning to get boats to our regatta, for showing us how it is done and helping each of us sail better and be better representatives for the class.

The small fleet pulled together to provide the various meals and housing for all out of town guests. The race committee did a great job. A special thanks to fleet captain Bryan Sarber and his wife Michelle. They made it all come together. At a cost of $80 dollars, I think entrants would agree, they got their money’s worth. While we cannot promise 80 degrees and sun next year, we can promise that the racing will be competitive, the hostitality will be welcoming.