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Shooting Stars

Twenty-six
Stars gathered at Gull Lake this weekend for the 55th Annual Tulip Time
Tune-up Regatta. Tom Londrigan Jr. handily won his second championship
sailing with Canadian Steve Cutting as crew ad scoring 1,2,1,2,1. In attendance
were 8 past champions including 9 time winner Peter Wright who finished
second, 10 points behind, with son Dan as crew. Peter’s string of wins
dates back to 1970 and ran through 1990. In third was 2 time champion
Ross Adams with crew George Lucas. Separated by 1 point, 4th and 5th places
were won by organizer extrordinaire, Jon ‘Who Has More FUN!’ Vandermolen,
with crew Steve Ticknor and Rick Brethorst with crew Bob Carson.

Both
days saw wind in the 15 – 20 knot range that built to the mid 20’s with
gusts over 30 and of course the complimentary 45 degree Gull Lake windshifts.
Saturday’s 3rd race was a real gutbuster with many wipeouts, but only
1 broken mast. PRO Melinda Titus did a great job of ru
nning
the races even though the shifty winds caused some starting line problems
on Saturday with several general recalls. Gull Lake is a beautiful sailing
spot and the Yacht Club members really know how to host a regatta. —
Harry Glen