We had another amazing turnout for the Opti Red White and Blue Chip. It all ran like a well oiled machine thanks to all of the volunteers, parents, judges and of course all those dedicated little Opti Sailors. Special thanks to Heidi VanKempan for heading up the kids party, and Bill and Colleen Mihelich, the regatta chairs. The Opti's went out on Monday morning for a double header only to find light air building from the South, wait no, West, no, SW....it was an extremely shifty breeze.
After a well orchestrated lunch hour, the kids headed back onto the water to add two nice races to the books with a steady 10-14 SW breeze. On Monday night, LYC again hit it off with the "Parent's Party" at "Vino" and the kids went to rumble at "Studio 24".
The kids awoke to steady and strong pressure from the SW. After sailing the final two races we had a conundrum...one we had to look to the rulebook to figure out! Both Chapman Peterson and Henry Chapman had the EXACT same finishes after their throw out race.
Pop quiz: Can you name the tiebreaker?
Answer: The throw out races don't mean a thing, it comes down to who had the best finish in the last race!
That would be our two time reigning Champion CHAPMAN PETERSEN. With the second place honoring HENRY CHAPMAN! Included in Chapman's final race was a "fake tack" that lead his competitor to tack, thus giving Chapman a few more boat lengths to secure his cover. Chapman gave a great awards speech making sure to thank every one and naming Henry Chapman specifically for his sportsmanship and good competition. The famous Chookie Kilander arose to bestow Mary Grace Hegerb with the well deserved "Sportsmanship Award".. I was happy and amazed to see how many great female skippers were on the water; the top female skipper award went to Lindsey Vollmar of Cedar Lake. And of course the Red White and Blue Chip regatta would not be complete without the coveted EGG TOSS; won by LaBelle's very own Emma Wagner and Brinn Mihelich!
Final finishes were:
Race #1: Henry Chapman of Nagawicka
Race #2: Chapman Petersen of Lake Geneva
Race #3: Henry Chapman of Nagawicka
Race #4: Chapman Petersen of Lake Geneva
Race #5 Henry Chapman of Nagawicka
Race #6: Chapman Petersen of Lake Geneva
Between the two boys they each had 3 firsts and two second place finishes. It came down to who beat who in the last race