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2015 Lightning SE District Ocean Regatta

Posted by on June 02, 2015

Once again, the Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach, NC opened its arms to welcome a group of (23) Lightnings from all over the Southeast for the 2015 Lightning SE District Ocean Regatta. The always popular regatta was kicked off on Friday night with social activities and sharing of sailing stories over beverages in the upstairs lounge.

Around noon on Saturday a nice 8-13 kt ESE breeze settled and the RC was able to get off (4) nice races. Steve Harris on USA 9398 (who had flown in from Houston, TX to visit his local brother Jim Harris) popped out in front of the Fleet for a solid bullet in the first race. The sea state was fairly lumpy the entire day and as the right shift settled in from 115 to 135 the breeze became more steady and built which resulted in most leaders coming out of the right side. As the Fleet continued to push the starting line, the “Z” flag came out for races 3 and 4 which kindly awarded several victims with an additional 20% or 5 points to their respective finishing places. At the end of the day with scores of 3, 5, 2, 11 (ZFP 20%) it was Jim Harris' Team on USA 15345 that took the overnight lead followed closely by Marcus Moehlman's Team on USA 14127 by 3 points and Eric Oetgen's Team on USA 15202 by 4 points.

As the Fleet headed out on Sunday they were greeted with lighter winds. After a period of time of AP on the water a 4-8 kt SSE breeze filled in from 135 to 150 and RC got off (2) good races. The top boats in contention fought it out in both races. It appeared that the course continued to be a right hand side favor so those boats that were able to control the right were able to make out. In the end, it was Jim Harris' Team on USA 15345 at the top but only by a slim 2-point margin over Eric Oetgen's Team on USA 15202.

The Top 10 finishers were as follows:

Pos,Bow/Sail, Boat, Skipper, Yacht Club, Results, Total Points

1. 15345, Jim Harris, CYCNC, 3-5-2-11/ZFP-4-3- ; 28

2. 15202, Eric Oetgen, Savanna YC, 6-2-1-17/ZFP-2-2- ; 30

3. 15139, Pierce Barden, CYCNC, 11-1-10/ZFP-7-1-1- ; 31

4. 14127, Marcus Moehlman, Augusta Sailing Club, 8-3-9-4-3-14- ; 41

5. 15285, John Sawyer, CYC, 2-13-13-2-5-10- ; 45

6. 14684, Ezra Zankel, Charleston Y C, 16-4-4-10-9-5- ; 48

7. 15557, Lenny Krawcheck, CYC SC, 15-14-3-1-6-12- ; 51T

8. 15473, Chris Hamilton, CYC SC, 14-6-6-3-15-7- ; 51T

9. 9398, Steve Harris, Houston YC, 1-16-16-8-12-9- ; 62T

10. 14682 Bob Cowen, CYC, 10-12-11-14-7-8- ; 62T

A huge thanks goes out to CYC-NC, the Race Committee, all the volunteers, the organizers, and

especially those who traveled from out of town to make this regatta such a successful event. The

Lightning Class appreciates your support and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

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