2015 DOC FELLOWS, IN-DEPTH….
The place: Sebago Lake.
The Date: Last Saturday.
The Event: The Doc Fellows Regatta.
Now imagine how cool that would sound if Howard Cosell said it!
The Doc was pretty cool this year- light breeze in the morning, faded to nothing mid-day for awhile, built nicely in the afternoon- Was nice to have a break to nap and/or socialize on the ice for awhile-
Ice was good in AM and softened as the sun rose and temps went up-
Harry Richardson and Eben Whitcomb had close racing- seemed like they match raced pretty much every lap- Harry pipped Eben to take third.
Chad Atkins and your author had a bit of match race going as well- Chad spent the light air part of the day going around the course and staying in the zone and it paid off after the breeze filled back in- heading into the last race, winner-take-all finale’ he was able to get his nose out front and extend around the course for a convincing win. He gets style points for doing it in his new boat, home built last fall- if you see this craft you will be impressed!
I think he was using full-length, 100 degree runners which stayed on top of the soft ice better than my short 100’s. Maybe I should have tried my full length 90 degree runners or even 90 degree max inserts- those work well in soft ice sometimes. Chad said the extra length no doubt was a little painful in tacks and gybes but it certainly didn’t hurt when he was going in a straight line! We both used Kent (CSI) 4.1 rigs and Chad had a North F-01 sail while I had a 1D Power Gold. Wish I could say what the difference is but to my eye they look pretty darn similar…. Anyway he sailed well and gets his name on a very cool-looking trophy!
We had a few older boats out racing- John Hayes and Richard Gluckman had a little battle of their own going on as well- Brett Reis, Ramblin’ Roger and a few other sailors also had a good day cruising the lake-
Following an awesome fireworks display at the launch ramp dinner was at the Run Of The Mill on the Saco River. 22 oz prime rib. Rare. Phenomenal. Yeah, I slept like a rock that night- thanks to Dave Fortier for letting us all crash at his house and also for keeping score! And thanks to Kelly Klicker for the wrap-around photo of the launch area-
All in all a good day! This season is far from over- the ice is thick and the snow is melting- reports from up north sounding good- We are still hoping to get the Easterns, New Englands and Canadian champs in the books- Stay tuned to this site and don’t mothball your gear yet!
Scores, as best as we can tell…
2015 DOC FELLOWS REGATTA
Chad “Chazzz” Atkins US 4487 1 (S) 2 1 1 5
James “Irving” Thieler US 5224 (S) 1 1 2 2 6
Harry “Divider” Richardson US 5148 2 2 3 3 (3) 10
Eben “Nice Guy” Whitcomb US 4775 3 3 4 4 (4) 14
Dave “WHO?!?” Fortier US 4690 4, 5, S S S
John “Authority Figure” Stanton US 5023 6, 6, ?????
John Hayes and Richard Gluckman had some good racing here but the scores get a bit fuzzy at this point- sorry guys, we will try to do better next time and will work on some nick-names for you both!
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