By Scott Nixon
For the Melges 24 fleet, the 2011 edition of the George Griffith Regatta hosted by Rush Creek Yacht Club in Heath, Texas offered a great start to the fall sailing season. Seven boats competed in the regatta benefiting Helping Hands Rockwall, with the top four finishers all powered by Quantum® sails.
Saturday morning started with light and shifty winds. Race one had the fleet set out on a W 2 1/2. Team Gringo battled with Rocket Science on the first beat and run. On the second beat, Devil Dog made a rally from third to round the second weather mark in first overlapped with Gringo. But it was short lived with a quick jibe at the weather mark by Gringo. The end of the final run saw the breeze die to practically nothing. At the final leeward mark, it was Gringo, Devil Dog and Rocket Science. On the final beat, the wind filled in from the right side of the course and it was a drag race to the finish. It was Devil Dog, Gringo, and David Rapier on Fluffa.
After lunch, the fleet headed back out for race two. David Hoye on Rocket Science took a commanding lead from the start and never looked back. The rest of the fleet was left scrambling for the remaining podium spots with Matt Mayo on Trick Monkey and Jack Kern on Devil Dog placing second and third respectively.
The final day, the fleet set out for the long distance race, a first for the George Griffith. The modified 2 1/2 course was set and the fleet charged around the course in the 5-10 knot breeze. From the start, it was a seesaw battle between Rocket Science, Lucky Dog and Gringo. At any point of the race, it was anyone's game. In the end, Rocket Science found another gear on the final beat to take their second win and overall regatta win.
Special thanks to fleet member Jeff Progelhof for organizing another great regatta.
1 – Rocket Science – David Hoye (skipper), Kenny Wolfe, Brian Selle, Pete O'Connell
2 – Devil Dog – Jack Kern
3 – Gringo – Ryan Glaze
4 – Lucky Dog – Jeff Progelhof
Next event is the Fleet Championships October 22-23.