2016 J/120 Nationals Final Synopsis
Photo credit Len Strahl.
Congrats to the winner and all that participated. Amazingly we had zero protests although there were some penalty turns. Final results are at this link: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1668 Photos can be found at Facebook Championship Photos
Special thanks go out to Race Chairman Charlie Hess for all time in putting out a successful event. When the event goes back out to the west coast, it will be a very tough order to top this regatta.
Other thanks go out to:Paul Halsey, Assistant Race Chairman, Three days is a huge time commitment that is really tough with two kids at home. Being on the water to help with the mark set boat and observe the racing is where stepping up to be Race Chairman was completely exceeded in the call of duty.
Dick Neville, PRO, his willingness to travel to Detroit and stay at local housing is appreciated as well. It is a big commitment of time and energy for certain. Eric Peterson for the thankless job of measuring all those sails.
Luiz Kahl, his mentorship was valuable and because of it we avoided so many mistakes that could have dulled the quality of this event.Lance Smotherman, chief judge, encouraged Corinthian conduct by racers at every opportunity. This was a high-value leadership quality that allows an event like ours turn out to be a success. Being the avid racer that he is, we also appreciate the time commitment he made to assemble a judge panel, coordinate their travel, and support this event. Four days is a big contribution of time and energy.
Greg McCliment, CujoGraphyx contributed the numbers, set up the website and delivered a lot of shirts to our teams. Kelly Olligschlager, instrumental with the social side of our event. The steel drum band was a terrific hit, and with her help we pulled together a complete social agenda.
Nick Vincent is the 'quiet champion' for our facility. Providing berthing for our visitors and making them feel welcome through his attentiveness gave them an extremely positive impression of BYC. After setting up the tent and finding it a mess, Nick and his team went the extra mile to make it look as good as new. Everyone enjoyed the outdoor atmosphere 'under the tent', so it was well worth the effort.
Jarvis Hales and his team were fantastic with both the quality of the food and the service. There was never much food left, nor were the kegs or punch bowls left with any reserves. This team is responsive to the needs of guests and strives to please. We are very grateful for the job they did all weekend, as are all of the guests that attended.
Aaron Wagner, Bayview Yacht Club manager, had the energy and ideas and has the priorities right. He collaborated with the chef and myself to successfully meet the requirements you and the board have set for him with food and beverage, while meeting my somewhat demanding pricing requests. I really enjoyed the planning and collaboration with Aaron that could have otherwise have been a stressful or contentious process. Most importantly, Aaron stayed 'present' with the details and flow of the weekend.Special cudos go out to the owners and crews of Sledge Hammer, Viva La Vida, Storm Warning traveling to Detroit from Lake Erie, and especially Cat Came Back who had to travel from Lake Ontario to get here.