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66 THISTLES DO BATTLE AT THE VIKING DIXIE 2015

posted Jun 8, 2015, 5:13 AM by Thistle Class   [ updated Jun 10, 2015, 5:41 AM by Paul Nelson ]
Ragnar the Norse wind god was in a mischievous mood over Memorial Day Weekend, when 66 (count ’em — 66!) Thistle long boats put out to sea on Lake Allatoona for the 2015 version of Fleet 48’s Dixie Regatta at Atlanta Yacht Club.  If you weren’t there for this year’s VIKING DIXIE, you missed a memorable one — and also the opportunity to be careful what you wish for. Those of us who pray heartily for wind every time the Dixie comes along must have amused Ragnar with our pleas, for wind we did indeed have — but along with it all the every-nanosecond 70-degree shifts that we know and love on Lake Allatoona when it’s only blowing three gusting to five.  A close look at the scores will reveal that they were all over the map (and our boats all over the pond) for all five races, with scarce a nod at consistency.  Just take a look at AYC’s Bryce Dryden, in the lead on Saturday night with a 1-2, but thanks to a 17-3-20 on Sunday was catapulted into fifth.  In fact, at the end of the day the only boat not in the double digits in one race or another was Concord’s Brad Russell, who as a result sailed away with the first-place trophy. 

It was challenging sailing, all right.  But never let that interfere with the festivating!  After two MO races on Saturday, the RC tried to pull off a third, but between war-weary crews and a good party cranking up on shore, wisely chose to bring us in for mead-a-ritas and music instead.  Never let it be said that the Dixie revelers take our theme lightly!  Horned helmets ruled the appetizer table (never mind that the Vikings didn’t actually wear those arresting headpieces — WE did, so that’s all that matters), and before the dancing began in earnest we had a rousing game of Kuub going in the yard.  It would have been a special weekend even without a theme to make us rowdy — for unless anyone in the Southeast has been living on a different planet this past year you just might be aware that Jacksonville’s Paul Abdullah and AYC’s home-grown Marie Thompson chose Dixie weekend for their long-awaited wedding.  So there was plenty to celebrate!

We did manage to squeeze in the remaining three races on Sunday, for a full complement of five.  The Purple-Fleet/Green-Fleet concept still worked this year (although we would hope for a more even balance in the future), thus giving us two sets of winners.  Congratulations to Brad in the Purple Fleet, and to the Green Fleet’s Larry and Connie Wagner from the Rudder Club, who returned to the Dixie after many years’ absence but with winning skills still intact.  Get your thumbnail sketch here, or look for a complete report in the next Bagpipe.


Purple Fleet


1

3841

Brad Russell & Doug Toney

2

3905

Geoff Becker, Bill Wiggins & Josh Becker

3

4017

Chris Klotz & Mays Dickey

4

3997

Scott Griffin & Nerissa Griffin

5

596

Bryce Dryden, Lauren Yapp & Timo Kraus

6

3945

Jack Finefrock, Karl Felger & Jackie Finefrock

7

4034

David Van Cleef, Sammy Hodges & Alison Van Cleef

8

4035

Paul Abdullah & Alex Krumdieck

9

3807

Buddy Wainwright, Renee Wainwright & Anna Mc Lean

10

3883

David Reddaway, Carol Reddaway & Darby Reddaway

11

3951

Mark Gise, Scott Gise & Kaylyn Gise

12

1915

Sean Adams, Clint Hodges & Rita Adams

13

3786

Andy Lawrence, Patty Lawrence & Jordan Lawrence

14

976

Johnny Fewell, Jordan Wiggins & Kayla Bennett

15

870

Stuart Grulke, Karl Hungus & Jeni Schaefer

16

4022

Scott Mc Cormack & Jeff Irvine

17

3976

Mark Reddaway & Jd Reddaway

18

3659

Andy Russell, Camden Russell & Lucy Spearman

19

3680

Bryan Anderson & Jennifer Lund

20

1167

Bob Mc Cormack, Amy Thompson & Marie Thompson

21

3985

Howard Mendlovitz, Sara Paisner & Diana Young-Paiva

22

382

Charlie Clark & David Muhlhausen

23

4007

Loy Vaughan & Andrew Phillips

24

3948

Nicole Finefrock Shedden, Kyle Finefrock & Scott Finefrock

25

3001

Michael Reddaway & Devon Hannah

26

3741

Gavin Mc Cormack & Matias Heinrich

27

3998

Jim Roberts, Gregg Andrews & Amy Roberts

28

1784

Jesse Shedden, Christine Rice & Sarah Paisley

29

399

Anna Lee Bradley, Kate Hodges & Kate Henderson

30

3828

Dan Russell, Angie Wiggins & Catherine Ryals

31

3988

John Irvine & Leslie Irvine

32

3479

Van Rogers & Jack Rogers

33

3579

Reid Collins, Mike Kirschner & Tiffany Schaefer

34

3615

Brent Mc Kenzie & Jack Smith

35

3975

Mike Ross & Judy Ross

36

1995

Laura Graham, Sally Morriss & Peyton Ankers

37

3885

Will Stout, Adrienne Warnken & Zoe Wyant

38

3849

Patrick Duffett, Gina Mucci & Tanya ?

39

357

William Morang & Will Paschal

40

3589

Tate Beckham & Chris Scott

41

4008

Charlotte Huck & David Huck

42

1230

Pete Gregory, Robert Gregory & Katie Villalobos

43

3989

David Shively & Diane Vandeputte

44

3882

Carlin Hodges, Amanda Hodges & Woody McLean

45

3674

Alex Padgett & Orie Wade

46

998

John Yapp, Alexandra Yapp & Randy Lopez

47

3772

Clayton Dixon, John Coolidge & Jessica Dixon

48

779

Kevin Bradley, Scott Mariott & Becca Hofmeister

49

3745

Lincoln Baxter & Helen Fowler

50

3830

Bill Tumlin & Jennifer Tumlin Garrett

 

Green Fleet

1

4031

Larry Wagner & Connie Wagner

2

3818

Jack Mahaney, Wendy Blount & Trey Daniel

3

3813

Len Wert & Mike King

4

3742

Grace Hawkins, Dawn Hawkins & Chip Hawkins

5

3714

Jacob Payne, Chris Payne & Sue Payne

6

2177

Dale Newnham, Elliott Newnham & Bianca Cooper

7

3894

Brook Hamilton & Diana St Amand

8

1783

Todd Copenhaver & Ross Copenhaver

9

3798

Art Molitor, Nancy Molitor & William Kibler

10

28

Fred Bradshaw & Barbara Bradshaw

11

3334

Kevin Guebert, Anthony Guebert & Mark Rambler

12

3137

Darryl Allardice & Mike Garrett

13

2918

Robert Mitchell, Katie Mitchell & Anna Mitchell

14

2470

Michael Friedman & Logan Little

15

3824

Sam Sinclair & John Sinclair

16

841

Peyton Ankers & Catherine Ryalls

 

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