- September 15, 2014
- Added by Craig Smith
The 52nd Annual Old Goat Regatta was held the weekend of September 6-7, 2014 at Lake Lanier Sailing Club. Several of the 35 participants arrived on Friday night and started night one of good times with fellow Thistle sailors by cooking out and hanging out at the Lake Lanier Sailing Club (LLSC) campgrounds. It was clear the SE sailors were ready to kick off the fall series. Saturday, sailors arrived to light conditions with probably some worry about whether racing was going to take place or not given the forecast. Much to the delight of the fleet,
a light breeze filled in and 3 races were completed on Saturday. Conditions were shifty as race committee was forced to setup 3 completely different race courses. The breeze in race 3 for the day turned to extremely light and variable. At the end of the day, Steve Burke and Mark Gise were tied for the lead with 11 points with David Reddaway only 1 point behind with 12 points.
Saturday evening chef David Reddaway treated us to another excellent meal grilled ham, homemade cheesy mac and cheese, and lip-smacking sweet and sour collards, and homemade banana pudding. Former Fleet 79 member Jon Doyle arranged for another excellent band that lead the Thistle fleet into night two of some excellent times.
Sunday, the fleet was welcomed with slightly better breeze than the day before. It was clear sailors had to pick a side of the course and pick it well. Sometimes the right paid, sometimes the left was paid. Sailors who chose wisely were rewarded and sailors who did not were punished. Two races were completed on Sunday morning to complete the regatta.
At the end of the regatta, Lake Norman Yacht Club sailor, Mark Gise, ended up besting the rest of the 35 boat fleet followed by Scott Griffin (Western Carolina Sailing Club), and Steve Burke (Lake Lanier Sailing Club.) David Reddaway took the Over Fifty award, David Van Cleef took the Old Goat (6th place), Amy Woodard took the Top Woman skipper, and Michael Reddaway took the Top Junior award even though he chose to sleep in on Sunday morning.
Several thanks are in order:
Gill North America who provided some great giveaways for the regatta. http://www.gillna.com. Please continue to support Gill North America by continuing to purchase their high-quality sailing gear.
Kirk Jockell who took the time to come out and take some great pictures of the regatta. Pictures can be found at the following locations. Digital pictures are downloadable for a nominal charge. Please support him by purchasing some pictures. www.kirkjockell.instaproofs.com/2014oldgoat-regatta<http://www.kirkjockell.instaproofs.com/2014oldgoat-regatta>
Lee Estes, our PRO, who put together high quality racing in somewhat difficult conditions and his wife, Jo Ann, who helped make sure everything was in order in the kitchen and with the meals.
Chef David Reddaway who was responsible for pulling together the delicious menu and managing for the Saturday dinner.
Our other race committee volunteers and all other members of Fleet 79. It was truly a team effort to pull off this great regatta.
REID COLLINS, CPA