Emerald Cup Regata 2016

Another successful Emerald Cup race took place this last weekend, June 25th and 26th. Twenty two boats participated in five classes- Wavelength 24, Santana 20, Thistle, 5.5 Meter, and Multihull. Counting crew, a committee and rescue boat, and food servers about 80 people were involved. The committee boat was staffed by Rich Johnson, Rich Aaring, Karen Nousen and John Franklin. The rescue boat folks were Dave brown, Gale Morgan, Matt Sprick and Jamie Skeen. 

Another successful Emerald Cup race took place this last weekend, June 25th and 26th. Twenty two boats participated in five classes- Wavelength 24, Santana 20, Thistle, 5.5 Meter, and Multihull. Counting crew, a committee and rescue boat, and food servers about 80 people were involved. The committee boat was staffed by Rich Johnson, Rich Aaring, Karen Nousen andJohn Franklin. The rescue boat volunteers were Dave Brown, Gale Morgan, Matt Sprick andJamie Skeen. 

The weather for Saturday’s race tested the racers’ skills with winds reaching a reported 30 mph, scattered clouds and temperatures in the low 80’s. In fact, with the higher winds the rescue boat was called upon to assist a non-race boat that turned turtle and lost its rudder. The folks were sitting atop the bottom of their boat when assistance arrived. They were towed to Richardson Marina and all sailors were ok. 

After Saturday’s race, skippers and crew were rewarded with an excellent lunch prepared by Janet Mitchell.  Pulled pork, beans, coleslaw, chicken, vegetable ravioli, and fresh strawberry shortcake were served by Leta Sellers, Sonia Merriman, and myself. The pulled pork was as good as any I’ve had in any of Eugene’s restaurants. Janet said that each of the two batches took 8 hours of smoking to complete. It seems that the culture of pulled pork in Eugene requires that the cole slaw be served on top of the pork. Most Emerald Cup sailors opted for coleslaw on the side- the topsiders lost contrary to Eugene preferences.

Sunday’s race was in stark contrast to Saturday’s. Clear skies, temperatures in the 90’s and light variable winds. The skippers tell me that light winds aren’t as frustrating as variable winds. In light but constant winds the skipper can make tactical decisions that are reliable. But if the wind is variable, there is more chance for error in your decision making- do I continue on my current tack or do I chase a rainbow of wind that is somewhat on my port or starboard side? Once the decision is made it is very hard or nearly impossible to correct. I heard several skippers’ remark that they went from 1st place to 3rd or worse because the ribbon of wind they tacked to disappeared. So this Cup race required proficiency in both heavy and light air conditions.

Points awarded are 1 for 1st place, 2 for second and so on down with the highest scored race thrown out.

And the winners are:

Wavelength 24
1st Dean Mitchell, Falcor, pts. 14
2nd Bill Schafer, Ohana, pts. 15
3rd Nall Bodine, Thumper, pts. 19

Santana 20
1st Paul Stephens, Aquila, pts. 17
2nd Ron Fish, Giddyup, pts.  17
3rd Glen Hughes, Shenanigans, pts 18

5.5 Meter
1st Paul Bartlett, Legacy, pts 5
2nd Steve Norris, Applejack, pts. 9

Thistle
1st Evert Slijper, Dutch Luck , pts. 8
2nd Chip Balough, My Precious, pts. 12
3rd Andy Nousen, Ampersand, pts. 15

Multi Hull
1st Larry Cox, Dinner Jacket, 5 pts.

The overall Emerald Cup winner is determined by taking each class winner, dividing the number of their points by the number of boat in each class. The lowest number is the winner. This year the cup isshared by Dean Mitchell and Evert Slijper, They eachhad 2.00 points. In the true Corinthian spirit ( a Google look-up) they decided they would each keep the cup for six months.

Frank P.