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2014 Thistle Great Pumpkin Regatta Recap

Posted by on October 19, 2014

Great Pumpkin Regatta – Birmingham Sailing Club – October 18-19, 2014

They came from far and wide to the Birmingham Sailing Club on Lake Logan Martin. Paul Abdullah was fresh in from his third place finish in the Championship of Champions. Steve Burke flew in from Bermuda, barely escaping before Hurricane Gonzalo stuck the island. David Van Cleef returned after a 5 year hiatus, during which his brother carried the family banner at the Great Pumpkin (They claim to be twins, but we think they are the same person since no one has ever seen them at the Great Pumpkin together). The weekend could not have been more perfect. Twenty-five Thistles and crews headed out under an awesome blue sky with winds NW from 10 to 15 on Saturday. There were many shifts, gusts and a few holes, which made for great one-design racing. After 3 races Steve Burke and Pete Gregory held the lead with a 3-1-1, followed by Paul Abdullah, Alex Krumdieck and Marie Thompson in second with a 2-2-2, and David Van Cleef in third with a 1-4-4. Loy Vaughan and Andrew DeRussy were in fourth with 5-3-5, while David and Carol Reddaway held down the fifth place as we headed in for the evening festivities.

The Children’s Costume Party dominated the cocktail hour followed by dinner with filet mignon and all of the trimmings. While some watched the college football games on TV, others made their way down to the water front where the band Bonus Round was taking the stage (a 24-footer provided by fleet member Tate Beckham). Bonus Round entertained us with their ability to play almost anything from any era. They were fantastic. The sheriff showed up to tell them to tone it down right after they had played their curtain call; so you know it must have been good.

Sunday was forecast to be light NE from 4 to 6; but to the delight of Thistlers all, we had our best races in a steady 10-12 breeze from the NE. This provided for long courses and a really competitive race. Abdullah was able to pick up a couple of points on Burke in the first race, but Burke returned the favor in the last race so that they finished tied in points. Burke won the tie breaker and the final top five remained unchanged from Saturday night.

As usual, the trophy presentation was the highlight of the regatta with Pumpkin Bowling! Every team was given a turn to roll a pumpkin down a 300 foot hill with many trees, terraces and tents to see if they could put the pumpkin into one of 3 targets. Sunday Bob McCormack overcame his Saturday OCS to put his pumpkin in the target. Most, but not all of the pumpkins made it to the sea wall where they hopped into the lake to the delight of all.

Results are below and more pictures can be found at: 2014 Great Pumpkin Pictures

Final Results:

# Skipper Last Name Skipper First Name Sail # R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 Burke Steve 533 3 1 1 4 2 11
2 Abdullah Paul 4035 2 2 2 1 4 11
3 VanCleef David 4034 1 4 4 2 7 18
4 Vaughan Loy 4007 5 3 5 3 3 19
5 Reddaway David 3883 11 6 3 10 1 31
6 McKenzie Brent 3615 8 5 10 7 9 39
7 Reddaway Michiel 3001 7 16 6 8 6 43
8 Collins Reid 3579 9 7 7 9 11 43
9 Anderson Bryan 3680 6 8 9 13 8 44
10 Adams Sean 1915 18 9 11 6 5 49
11 Graham Mike 1339 4 18 13 12 13 60
12 Shively David 3989 10 10 8 20 14 62
13 McCormack Bob 1167 12 13 OCS 5 12 68
14 Graham Laura 1995 13 12 15 15 17 72
15 Wagner Larry 4031 23 21 12 17 10 83
16 Glenn Tommy 3600 17 17 21 16 15 86
17 Beckham Tate 3589 22 19 14 11 21 87
18 Sharp Nelson 4019 20 11 17 18 22 88
19 Wert Len 3813 14 22 22 14 19 91
20 Foweather Simon 4018 21 15 18 21 18 93
21 May Richard 3820 19 20 19 19 16 93
22 Young Adam 3072 15 14 16 DNF DNS 97
23 Grant Jennifer 1812 16 23 20 22 20 101
24 Schuster Michiel 3034 24 24 23 23 24 118
25 Ryals Catherine 1334 DNS 25 24 DNS 23 124
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