September 22-23, 2012
Mansfield Sailing Club, Mansfield, Ohio
Seventeenth Annual Bare Bones Regatta
James Taylor from Cowan Lake Sailing Association, near Wilmington, with his crew Carl Taylor and George Auer, won the Seventeenth Annual Bare Bones Regatta at Mansfield Sailing Club on Clear Fork Reservoir last weekend. Tom Varley, with his crew of Jon Varley and Matt Buchanan, from Mansfield Sailing Club, took second place and Eric Brandt, with Becky Young and Nick Brandt, from Leatherlips Yacht Club, were third. Bob Shutt with his crew of Zach Austin and Lisa Meadows, from Mansfield came in fourth.
Sunny skies and steady westerly breezes of 10-15 mph were perfect sailing conditions, which produced intense competition between the ten participating Lightning class sailboats. Two two-lap races on a windward-leeward course were held on Saturday afternoon. Racing was then abandoned when a severe thunderstorm blew through the area producing winds in the 20-30 mph range with heavy rain. Racing resumed on Sunday morning under sunny skies and moderate breezes of 5-10 mph and two more races were completed.
Five boats from Mansfield competed and visitors came from Cowan Lake, near Wilmington, Indian lake, near Russels Point, Leatherlips, near Columbus, and Erie, Pennsylvania.
George Auer & Jim Taylor