These days, word-of-mouth and tradition bring forth many sailors who have completed in this event for years. I think I first sailed in it in about 1952. I haven’t sailed in the last 10 years for various reasons, but I have worked on the race committee many times.
The object of the regatta is to encourage sailors that do not race or have never won a sailing event to participate. There are awards for the “Old Salt,” the youngest sailor, and the sailor from the furthest distance on the lake.
Last weekend, the wind piped up and shifted in such a fashion that the last two thirds of the race were sailed on the fastest point-of-sail. It was twice around, up and down a windward-leeward course. The first finisher was a very fast Hobie Cat that crossed the line in 22 minutes, 58 seconds. Seventeen of the 20 boats finished with times between 31 and 35 minutes. This proved very trying for the spotters and the timekeeper. The winners are as follows:
Youngest skipper — Ellie Torrisi
Oldest skipper — Bob Hamlin
Boat from the farthest distance — George Smith (Singing Woods)
Skipper handicap — Wiles Trophy
1st: Evan Spalding and Victoria Spalding — Laser 911
2nd: Steve McClintic — Lightning 10650
3rd: Ellie Torrisi — Opti Michelle Christine
Overall Winner — All Lake Trophy
1st: Jay Spalding — Cal 21 591
2nd: Bob Hamlin — Flying Scot 5418
3rd: Mark Fleckenstein — Flying Scot 5863
Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.