RYC Hook Race 2007


I want to thank everyone involved in making this years race a success.  Without the help of large number of talented people an undertaking of this sort would be very difficult to do.


The start of the race was one of the most exciting that I have seen since Lou and I joined the club.  The water was up and the wind approached 20 + knots for most of the start.  The first section was past the Wind Point Light before the next one was off.  “Duke” (Charlie Gagnon) said that is the fasted his boat has ever gone.   We had a clean start with no protests.  In fact the whole race was run without protest.


The SBYC worked very hard to make this race a success this year.  The Commodore – John Welch- and his board are to be complimented for their hard work.  Martha Burris worked with her volunteers to help through the night on Sunday and into Monday morning.  Tod and his kitchen staff worked closely with me to provide many things for the crews.


The party at the club on Friday was very well attended and all of the sailors and their friends stayed into the night enjoying the food and the music.  Tommy and his crew put on a great buffet and the band, Night Wing, provided a wide variety of music which was enjoyed by all.  Brent received several comments on the excellent Bloody Mary’s he made.  People who came to our Friday night party enjoyed our hospitality and great location. 


We had racers from 15 different yacht clubs and many newcomers to our race.  Next year is our 25th consecutive running of the race and we welcome ideas as how to make this one special.  I have several already and will be talking with Mark Rode about these.  If you have any thoughts or ideas about the race please come forward and tell us about them.


We have had many compliments from skippers and crew about the race and parties.

The Pig Roast, Mt. Gay Rum party and the entertainment run by Steve Paulson were a big hit.  The RYC cruising fleet is growing and we get great support from them in SB.  If you don’t race consider coming up with the fleet.


We received great support from West Marine in Winthrop Harbor and Racine.  They provided 100 Tote Bags that we used for the Skipper bags and also for the crews of the boats.  They also gave us Frisbees, playing cards, discount cards, sailing gloves, rigging knifes, first aid kits, binoculars. Seven $100.00 gift cards and a hand held radio to be given away in SB.  I want to thank new member Bryn Williams, the Manager of West Marine in Winthrop Harbor.


Another race is in the books and we look forward to the Al Henning Memorial Regatta on August 11 & 12.


Ron Weiss


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