Midwinters West 2020

Thistle Midwinters West 2020

Mission Bay Yacht Club, January 29-February 1, 2020

by Mike Poltorak, #3410

This year’s Thistle Mid Winters West (MWW) turned out to be a fantastic regatta. I got motivated early to try to get all of the local competitive boats on the racecourse either with their owner or as a charter. We had all but two competitive boats being used for not only the Thistle MWW, but also for the Larry Klein Memorial Match Race competition.

This year we welcomed 35 boats from all over the country. We had boats from the Pacific Northwest, the Eastern Seaboard, and from the Deep South. We had representation from all over the country. The conditions were BEAUTIFUL. We welcomed several guests to our class, Larry Schmitz, long time MBYC member and Glen Selvin, a Finn Sailor from Alamitos Bay YC. Also, of note was the return of Stu Robertson. It was great to have these new faces on and around the racecourse. We had numerous out-of-towners chartering boats. This really boosted the participation numbers in the regatta.

Congratulations to Regatta Champion Greg Griffin from Jacksonville,Florida, and the runner up was our very own David Tillson. It was great seeing Dave back on the water sailing with Eric Heim, and his son Cole Tillson. For the Larry Klein Memorial Regatta, we welcomed Jamie Malm (sailing with his son) and Coach Robert Capita, the coach from the UCSD sailing team. We feel that by inviting new blood into our competitions, we will likely increase the participation.

The Thistle fleet is seeing a bit of a resurgence, and I encourage anyone that is interested in checking out these fine boats to come on out and join us. We can get you on the water as crew, or we can get you behind the helm. We have a fleet boat that is available to our members to take out and test drive… I think you will like the feel and performance of these awesome

boats.

A special thanks to PRO Andrea Caroe and her team for getting off all 9 scheduled races in very challenging conditions. I don’t think there is a PRO around that cares more about trying to do their best for the competitors.

On a personal note, I was very pleased and proud to not only have my daughter Mindy (and her boyfriend Sergio) crew for me, but I was also able to race against my daughter Miranda as she

skippered her first MWW without her dad. She had excellent crew in Craig Smith (Past National President) and Charlie Yingling (long time Thistler). Miranda had a successful regatta; she didn’t flip over and didn’t finish last. She even crossed in front of her dad on at least one occasion. This picture was taken by Judy Tillson. As a father, it gives me much pride to see my daughter keeping her boat flatter than mine as I duck to take her transom. Thanks, Judy, for capturing a very special moment for both me and Miranda.

Mike in #3410 crosses behind his daughter, Miranda, in #3666

The highlight of the regatta was after the regatta during the Larry Klein Match Race Competition. Since Mindy and Sergio couldn’t race with me, I was scrambling for crew. It was looking like I wasn’t going to be sailing at all…Along came my wife Belen to the rescue. After attending church,she quickly changed and came down and sailed with the old man. We missed the first race, finished a respectable 8th in the Race 2 and won the third race with a comfortable margin. Belen and I had not sailed together for many years, and it was very special for me to be able to share this win with her.

2020 Mid Winters West Results

Abbreviated results are below. View complete results by downloading the PDF. For the race recap articles, see the April/May 2020 issue of the Bagpipe.

Championship division

Place Sail Crew Carried Forward Total
1 3976 Greg Griffin, Martha Godfrey, Matthew Sessions 3.5 27.5
2 4009 David Tillson, Eric Heim, Cole Tillson 4.5 29.5
3 926 Mike, Mardi and Alison Gillum 10 30
4 4024 John Baker, Aaron Holland, Joy Martin 6 43
5 376 Wayne, Jerry and Carli Pignolet 13.5 44.5
6 4007 Loy Vaughn, Bob McCormack, Laura Graham 8 62
7 3682 Graham Vaughn, Liesl Mordhorst, Veronica Owen 13.5 66.5
8 27 Scott Dalin, Evan Charles, Kate O’Brien 14.5 71.5
9 4053 Kevin Arrow, Kevin Bradley, Terra Berlinski 20 72
10 4017 Louis Phillips, Alyosha Strum-Palerm, Audrey Jacobs 22 84
11 3598 Sean Adams, Patrick O’Connor 15.5 85.5
12 3677 Jonathon Posner, Nino Johnson, Erik Skeel 30 90
13 3849 John Howell, Craig Koschalk, Lauren O’Hara 16 91
14 3960 Brian, Rebecca and Jacob Bauman 22 93
15 1285 Evert Slijper, Amanda Baker, Merissa Balough 28.5 97.5
16 976 Larry Schmitz, Jack Caires, James Perry, Cole Baker, Super Chris 23.5 101.5
17 3979 Michael, Michael E. and Michael Gillian 16.5 102.5
18 4001 Bob Larzelere, John Duckworth and Warren Duckworth 17 126

Presidents division

Place Sail Crew Carried Forward Total
1 4011 Oliver Kunz, Quanah Green, Jim Kerman 7 19
2 3719 Bill Kitchens, Lauren Blanchard, Stephen Koulogianes 5 25
3 3664 Wayne Balsiger, Daryl Mondor, Diana Yuen 6 37
4 3956 Chip Balough, Bryce Cumpton, Greta Braziel 4 37
5 3410 Mike Melinda Poltorak, Sergio Delgado 3 38
6 3581 Stewart Robertson, Steve Rhodes, Scott Attwood 1 43
7 3852 Chris Gedrose, Moni Lampe, Cesar Romero 10 49
8 3685 Steven Hale, Robyn Gillum, Fred Nagel 2 52
9 1040 Dan Clark, Cark Huppert, Ryan Sandy Lee 11 60
10 4010 Mike Arrow, Matt Bailey, Laura Johnson 12 62
11 3521 Jason Rziha, Max Sprinkle, Katelyn Schroll 9 71
12 3666 Miranda Poltorak, Craig Smith, Charlie Yingling 13 87
13 2240 John Gordon, Sally Goldman, Mike Reeves 14 90
14 1075 Sam Neustadt, Valeri and Adam Buckholtz 15 95
15 2786 Ron Meyer, Don White, Pat Rojek 8 101
16 1945 Kurt Finnie, Andy Oliver 16 109
17 3 Glen Selvin, Ken Reiff, Jim Lawson 17 115

2020 Larry Klein Memorial Qualifying Series

Place Sail Crew Total
1 926 Mike, Mardi and Alison Gillum 8
2 3677 Jonathon Posner, Nino Johnson, Liesl Mordhorst 12
3 4011 Oliver Kunz, Jim Kerman, Sally Goldman 15
4 4024 Aaron Holland, John Baker, Joy Martin 18
5 4009 Jamie and Kai Malm, Kathy Di Meyo 19
6 3852 Chris Gedrose, Moni Lampe, Wan Lim 20
7 976 Larry Schmitz, Jack Caires, James Perry, Cole Baker, Super Chris 24
8 3410 Mike, Belen and Miranda Poltorak 28
9 3956 Chip Balough, Bryce Cumpton, Greta Braziel 29
10 3664 Wayne Balsiger, Daryl Mondor, Diana Yuen 30
11 3521 Jason Rziha, Max Sprinkle, Katelyn Schroll 32
12 3666 Miranda Poltorak, Craig Smith 34
13 3719 Bill Kitchens, Lauren Blanchard, Stephen Koulogianes 35
14 3 Glen Selvin, Ken Reiff, Jim Lawson 39
15 4001 Warren and John Duckworth, Pat Rojek 39
16 4017 Louis Phillips, Alyosha Strum-Palerm, Audrey Jacobs 42
17 2240 Mike Rees, Kyle Smith 45
18 4010 Mike Arrow, Matt Bailey, Laura Johnson 46

Photo credits: Judy Tilllson