Midwinters East 2020

Thistle Midwinters East 2020: When I’m 64

St. Petersburg Yacht Club, February 29-March 6, 2020

by John Deermount #3987

As we age, we’re supposed to slow down and be more leisurely. Well, somehow the 64th Annual Midwinters East at St. Pete didn’t get the word. Tampa Bay acted more like a Millennial overloaded on Red Bull rather than a Green Bench Senior Citizen. Eight full-hike races in plenty of breeze made for a challenging week. So much for St. Pete’s reputation as a light air venue! Thank goodness, the water wasn’t too cold for swimming… right, Tom Hubbell?

Forty-two boats from 16 states from as far away as California and Texas made the cross country

trek. There were even international crews from Sweden and Finland!

The competition was close and competitive with six different boats winning races. The PRO, Todd Fredysen, considered a second (ninth) race on the last day, but the fleet cried, “No mas.” There were even reports of some crews “kissing the ground” when they finally made it back to the Sailing Center.

There were some interesting oddities about the racing. The top five finishers only won half the races. All eight races were sailed after a postponement. There wasn’t one General Recall. This was the last major event at SPYC before the virus outbreak and the cancellation of all SPYC spring sailing events.

Top 5 at Thistle Midwinters East 2020

Mike Ingham with crew, Dan Fien and Marianne Schoke in #3969 claimed his third Midwinters East championship and Miami Sunshine Trophy. He also won the Ol’Thistlin’Tom as top finisher over the age of 50. Mike didn’t win a race, but his five 2nd’s and 29 points overall gave him a solid lead.

Last year’s champion, Matt Fisher, with crew Wayne Pignolet and Sarah Paisley in #3990 was the runner up with 37 points. Matt won two races and also claimed the new Old Salt Trophy for highest finisher over 60. The trophy was donated by the Glover family. Matt was the only top five competitor without a double-digit finish.

Jack Finefrock sailing #3945 had a couple rough early races, but his finishes improved as the breeze built. He tied for 3rd, but won on the tiebreaker with 59 points. His crew were Jesse Shedden and Carrie Patterson.

Brent Barbehenn #3998 had the other 59 points finishing 4th. He sailed with Brian Parker and Kate Erklaurer. Tiffany Parker was his forward crew early in the week. 5th Place with 71 points was Craig Koschalk #4028. Lauren O’Hara and Ryan Kyle were his crew. Craig finished strong, winning the last race.

B-Fleet Results

The winner of the six-boat B-Fleet was Bill Lawson #3678 with Sandy Westphal and Jonathan Phillips crewing. Finishing 21st overall, he also received the Mid-Fleet Award, a Homer Simpson plush doll – D’Oh! The requirement is to take Homer with you to any regattas and bring him back to the MWE. B-Fleet 2nd went to Kevin Tschantz #3464 with Ethan Anderson and Dustin Davis crewing. 3rd Place went to John Gilmour #4045 with Robert Daniel and Sally Rusk.

Social scene

There was plenty of fun ashore to offset the hard work on the water. SPYC showed off its culinary creds with a seafood paella dinner the first night and ended with an upgraded banquet complete with bagpiper for the awards banquet. The welcome dinner featured an oldest tee shirt/hat contest that ended in a tie between Lloyd Kitchin & Warren Duckworth for the same 1975 Northcape Nationals shirt. There also was an off-site pub night and the Second Annual Intergalactic Thistle Shuffleboard Championship.

meeting-the-team

Next year’s MWE will be the 65th. Make plans to attend this memorable blowout.

2020 Midwinters East Results

Abbreviated results are below. View complete results on the Yacht Scoring website or download the PDF. For the race recap articles, see the June/July 2020 issue of the Bagpipe.

Place Boat # Crew Total
1 3969 Mike Ingham / Dan Fien / Marianne Schoke 29
2 3990 Matt Fisher / Wayne Pignolet / Sarah Paisley 37
3 3945 Jack Finefrock / Jesse Shedden / Carrie Patterson 59
4 3998 Brent Barbehenn / Bryan Parker / Tiffany Parker 59
5 4028 Craig Koschalk / Lauren O’Hara / Wm. Ryan Kyle 71
6 3993 Brad Russell / Joe Hart / Murphy Olson 84
7 3669 Mike Gillum / Mardi Gillum / Alison Gillum 84
8 1784 Nicole Shedden / Conor Ruppen / Warren Duckworth 90
9 779 Kevin Bradley / Tim Vining / Marissa Balough 90
10 3896 Aaron Holland / Peter Hudson / Rachel Shaw 92
11 4024 John Baker / Joy Martin / Casey Gilmore 100
12 4036 Bill Drahiem / Drew Daugherty / Mike Brown 102
13 4035 Paul Abdullah / Marie Abdullah / Lance McDonough 104
14 4040 Lloyd Kitchin / Carol Kitchin / Matt Kreuzkamp 111
15 3811 Scott Meyer / Lauren Meyer / Jenny Borshoff 113
16 4003 Mike McBride / Larry Liggett / Kat Mahaney 116
17 3889 Rodney Glover / Paul Nuechterlein / Carli Pigmolet 137
18 1473 Kevin Arrow / Ervin Grove / Terra Berlinski 147
19 3856 Rick Wood / Ryan Wood / Monica Wilson 152
20 3796 John Walton / Jason Huyghe / Chris McGrane 159
21 3678 William E Lawson / Sandy Westphal / Jonathan Pillips 168
22 3890 Thomas Hubbell / Betsy Yingling / John Yingling 176
23 4022/3883 Ian Hunter / Sam Baker / Telmo Basterra 177
24 3905 Scott Frissell / Peter Frissell / John Duckworth 178
25 4032 Sam Brauer / Thomas Cordts / Kathy Finefrock 184
26 3735 John Hutt / Charles Rysenga / Mark Pytell 200
27 4047 William Wilson / Carol Wilson / Kate Homet 206
28 3849 John Howell / Diana Young-Paiva / John Norton 211
29 740 Craig Smith / Sarah Bonner / Anne Borema 216
30 3797 Michael Gillian / Adam Dolkart / Michael J Gillian 225
31 3613 Mark Hess / Robert France / Dick Harmon 226
32 4039 Scott Buehler / Danielle Buehler / Michael Hennessy 255
33 3464 Kevin Tschantz / Ethan Anderson / Dustin Davis 265
34 4023 Edward John / Tory Gibb / Sam Maddox 269
35 3719 Bill Kitchens / Steve Koulogianes / Lauren Blanchard 276
36 4045 John Gilmour / Robert Daniel / Sally Rusk 277
37 3767 Martin James / Kit James / Brian Schaldach 284
38 3624 Gerry Christman / Dave Knaak / Alex lagoutchev 293
39 3864 Philip Christman / Kent Lowry / Bruce Sutter 315
40 4021 Chris Annand / Chris Annand / Meg Farugia 316
41 3077 Gary Bonner / Robin Bonner / Lynne Weise 324
42 3818 Jack Mahaney / Alex Liggett / Elliott Newnham 344

Photo credits: St. Petersburg Yacht Club Media Team, John Duckworth