505 Regatta: Small Fleet, Big Smiles!

The PTSA sponsored 2011 Port Townsend 5o5 Mother’s Day Regatta

“Dooflicker” (Dunlap/Ginther) and “Eight Ball” (Coburn/Flanagan) chasing “Relish” (Brackett Bros.)

The PTSA hosted 5o5 Port Townsend Mother’s Day Regatta took place last weekend, May 7th & 8th, without much fanfare or publicity, but for seven 5o5 teams it was good clean fun on the water and off — an event your mother could be proud of!

Nine races over two days provided the international fleet with consistent 5 to 10 knot breeze and even some sun on Sunday. Saturday, “Opening Day” of the boating season was decidedly wet, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of these hardened sailors, nor keep them from lingering in the rigging area at Pete Langley’s Cupola House venue to debrief on the day’s racing and talk 505 shop.  Pete even fired up his permitted, propane enhanced fire pit to help thaw everyone out. Thanks, Pete, for providing the “ol’ clubhouse.”  Big thanks also to Stuart Sinclair and Joe Daubenberger for  being PRO’s for the event, Jeff Gibbens and Josh Moman for running the mark boat, Chris and Kathy Grace for providing the famous M/V Petrel for committee boat duty on Sunday, Sugar and Lesley Flanagan for hosting the Saturday evening dinner, and Ben and Lisa Falge for etching the classy glass trophies.

Though modest in scale, the 505 Mother’s Day Regatta offered great racing and good camaraderie at the grassroots level.  It  will, no doubt be an annual event on the PTSA calendar, and maybe even a model for other one design regattas here in PT.

Results: 1st place went to Mats Elf and Jon Henderson of Seattle with eight bullets and a second. 2nd place went to the Brackett Bros., Angus and Gavin, also from Seattle. In third was Port Townsend’s own Piper Dunlap and Dan Ginther, 4th place went to the Canadians, Brian Trainor and Evan Jennings. In 5th were local sailors, Erik Coburn and Sugar Flanagan. 6th went to Patrick McSale (who travelled all the way from jolly old England to participate) and Paul Von Gray, and in 7th, Cody Kowalski and Sean Rankins.

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