Bruce Goldsmith Memorial Regatta
Devils Lake Yacht Club, Fleet #31
September 19 – 20, 2009

12 Lightnings & 25 Sunfish came to Devils Lake to participate in the 2009 Bruce Goldsmith Memorial Regatta. Missing was last year’s 5 inches of rain from Hurricane Ike. Sunny skies allowed for 6 races in shifty light to medium winds. George Sipel from North Cape Yacht Club with crew Jeff Hagman & Chris Snyder handily won the Lightnings. Sjoerd-Jan Vanderhorst (Sandusky Sailing Club) with wife Kathy & son Jack were runners up with David Laidlaw (Devils Lake YC) & crew Irma David & Kevin Laidlaw in 3rd. 4th was Jim Davis, Chris Davis & Betsy Bradley(North Cape YC). Mark Wessel (Sheboygan) with crew Denise Cornell & Bailey Dolson was 5th.

The Sunfish competition served as a Midwest Regional Championship & World qualifier. Dan Norton (Devils Lake YC) was 1st, Chad Coberly (Gull Lake YC) 2nd Linda Norton (Devils Lake YC) 3rd, Sean Fidler (Pontiac) 4th and Scott Schappe (Lake Bluff) 5th.

Sunfish sailors dominated the special awards. Bob Findlay (Wilmette, IL) won the “Better To Be Bad & Colorful Than Dull & Mediocre” award for his Saturday night activities. David Hanselman (Detroit) won the “Good Enough For Who Its For” award after capsizing when hit by a 5 knot “puff” on Saturday. Mid fleet awards were won in Sunfish by Matt Heywood (Wolf Lake) and John Mathers (Pontiac) in Lightnings.

There were many Bruce stories along with Bruce drink specials and a visit from Elvis at the Saturday night party. The Bruin would be proud. Plans are already being made for next year. Weather will again be guaranteed. See you there.

Dave Laidlaw, Regatta Chair