2017 Roger Punzi Memorial Regatta - Good friends. Good Times
Thirteen boats from 3 Districts came to Candlewood Yacht Club to enjoy some great friends, some fun, some food, oh yes, and some racing. There were 4 boats from Saratoga Lake Sailing Club in the New York Lakes District, 3 boats from my club, Massapoag Yacht Club in the New England District, 2 boats from Sprite Island Yacht Club in the Greater New York District and 4 boats from the host club Candlewood, also in the Greater New York District. Participants included New York Lakes District Governor Ann K. Seidman and Greater New York District Governor Mark Riefenhauser
While we started with a postponement first thing in the morning, we were pretty happy that our great Race Committee, led by Commodore Tom Mullen and crew, got in 4 good races on Saturday. You really can't ask for better than that. With steady 10-12 MPH winds from the south, and loads of shifts to discover as there often is in lake sailing, there were places changing on every leg in each race, sometimes on each tack. The racing was pretty close and there was not much time waiting between races. The top 3 teams won all the races, but the rest of us had a great time with just a 1 point difference between 4th and 5th place, and lots of tie-breakers after that. On Sunday, we waited a while in the rain, but the predicted gusts up in the 20's and possible lightning made it just too risky to put people on the water, so we packed up and went home knwoing this was the last race of the year for us..
The hospitality was great and the club members offered to help rig, park, launch and of course they fed us all. This is our 5th year in a row and Greg and I will definitely be back! Come and join us, you won't regret it. Full results are here.