Greg Danilek and Mike McAllister participated in the First Annual Odom Millennium Regatta, sponsored by the Mill Pond Model YC on Saturday, Nov. 4. The Odom is a one design, one-meter long model yacht with 600 sq. inches of sail area. Approximately 25-30 members of the Mill Pond Model YC have Odoms. The idea for this regatta was developed in the fall of 1999, when David Raw and Michael Mazzioto, both from Copaigue Harbor and club members, donated the award to the Mill Pond Model YC. The cup is modern in design, with a polished brass bowl resting on a walnut base. The top three winners will have their name permanently recorded on brass plaques attached to the cup's base. In addition, each winner will receive a cap with the name of the regatta and their finish position.
Fourteen boats completed eight heats in light to variable winds on a sunny Saturday morning in early November. All participants enjoyed a breakfast of coffee, donuts, and bagels before the 10:00 am start. The winners; 1. Greg Danilek, 2. Jamie Ebenau, and 3. Mike McAllister.
The Mill Pond YC has a "frostbite" series of its own. Each November, the club schedules a series of four races for each of the two classes of boats - the Odoms mentioned above and the Marblehead class, which is 50 inches long, and carries 800 sq. inches of sail. Each Saturday the Odom class competes, and on Sunday, the Marblehead class races. The scoring is cumulative so at the end of the series, winners will be named.
LG Flatron has won the second leg of the BT Global Challenge, crossing the finish line in Buenos Aires at the official time of 14:13:37 GMT after 32 days 22 hours 13 minutes at sea. The BT Global Challenge, "the worlds toughest yacht race," is a race around the world against the usual pattern of currents and wind. Readers may recall that Quadstone, skippered by Alex Phillips, won Leg One. Phillips and her team upset the frontrunner LG Flatron, which had led the bulk of the stretch from Southampton, UK to Boston, until they sailed into a wind hole and watched Quadstone sail past them to win the first leg of the race. Leg Two has not been so kind to Quadstone, The third day of the leg saw the LG Flatron team move up into third place and just a few days later they stole up to hold joint first place with Leg One winners Quadstone for a brief period before stealing away and taking over the lead, a lead they held all the way to Buenos Aires.
The race certainly has been interesting. All the boats have had to content with a variety of wind conditions including Hurricane Michael, Tropical Storm Nadine, and complete calms. According to the Quadstone skipper, "we hit the doldrums in third place, and then it all went horribly wrong." Local sailors can identify with frustration of watching the wind clock through 360 degrees every 10 minutes, rarely exceeding 3 knots, while watching the rest of the fleet slowly sail ahead. Once out of the doldrums, the 12-boat fleet raced down the coast of South America, where the wind provided terrific sailing. It was a fight to the finish line, with LG Flatron, at one point, only 61 miles ahead of the closest competitor. She crossed the finish line on Nov. 17, with the rest of the fleet is expected to reach Buenos Aires in the next few days.
Because of early holiday deadline, frostbiting results will be reported next week.
Your reporter would like to wish all readers a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Have a wonderful day, surrounded by family and friends, and if you are traveling, may you reach your destination safely.