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2016 Snipe Indiana Open

Posted by on June 28, 2016

Dieball Sailing's Service Manager, Mike Stark recaps the 2016 Indiana Open...

The Indiana Snipe Open held at the Indianapolis Sailing Club delivered a great regatta attracting sixteen boats from all over District 3, including Grand Rapids, Cincinnati, and Toledo.

A late start on Saturday allowed for my crew, Brian Goldberg and I to set up our boat for the light conditions. We were able to get out early to check out our new set of North PR-3s and get an idea of what the wind pattern would be.

Breeze was very light and fluky - puffs were up to 8 with 80-90 degree shifts. We were able to figure out the correlation between puffs, shifts, and their timing fairly quickly. The race committee showed great patience and persistence to get in three 2-lap windward/leeward races. The new sails and extra time we used to figure out the shifts paid off, as we were able to bring in three bullets for the day.

Sunday brought better breeze with a consistent 5 knots and puffs to around 10/12. With Bob Rowland having a good consistent day yesterday we knew we still had to fight to keep our top spot.

The first race brought a lot of place changing throughout as the wind was still settling in. Our game plan was to sail conservative and stay around Bob, and team Crookson. We all rounded the top mark in the top 3 with team Crookson shot out. My bad decision to gybe around the mark quickly put us into 13th around the next leeward mark. Since most of the fleet heading left, we decided to stay right and try to get a lift off the shore; the wind was in a right phase. That decision turned out to be the right one; we were able to pass nine boats and maintain a 4th to the finish. The wind had settled in the last race allowing us to keep close enough to Bob to win the regatta.

If you have never attended a regatta at Indianapolis Sailing Club, I highly suggest taking the opportunity to do so; nice sailors, great race committee, and a beautiful club. Thank you to all who helped in hosting the event, the other competitors, and especially my crew for putting up with me.

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