Bradenton YC Kick Off Regatta – September 27 & 28, 2008
A raging, upwind current combined with a shifty, light easterly breeze provided challenging conditions for 62 boats in 8 classes on day one of the Kick Off Regatta. Sunday’s race had the same current but stronger wind. The starts had one general and many individual recalls.

Spinnaker A was won by Allan Thomas of DIYC on his Farr 395 Wired. This class easily saw the tightest competition of the event. The top five boats finished within two points of each other in the following order. Dave German and Ed Ruark on their B 32 Mad Cow 2, complete with cow horns on the pulpit, led after the first day. Doug Fisher, on the Custom 41 XS, recovered from a seventh in the first race after returning to start by winning the second race. Mike Gable just launched his Farr 395 No Limit from the aftermath of hurricane Charlie and sailed it to a bullet in race three. The two Farr sister ships had some close sparring. Mike Siedlecki won the first race on his Martin 243 Tack Tick but the other boats came on strong after that.

In Spinnaker B, Jamie Myers on the Carrera 290 Renegade chalked up his second straight victory following the Sarasota Labor Day Regatta. That put him firmly in control of the Sarasota Bay Boat of the Year series.

Joe Blouin blew away the Melges 24 fleet with two aces and a deuce. He won the second race with a classic horizon job. The last race, however, saw the first four boats finish within 16 seconds of each other.

Three boats won every race in their classes.

In the multihull class, Canadian Katherine Garlick, on her Corsair F-28 Evolution, held off catamaran icon Peter Wormwood and Sarasota Boat of the Year leader Mike Speth on their Stiletto 27s.

In the non-spin class, Doug Dearden sailed his Impulse 26 In Tune up to the event from Sarasota and continued his unbroken string of bullets that began with the SSS Labor Day Regatta. He leads the Sarasota Boat of the Year series by a wide margin in that division.

In Cruiser A, Thomas Rose swept that 7 boat fleet aboard his Mason 53, Seraphim.

In Cruiser B, former car racer Dave Wilson persuaded his two daughters to travel from California to crew for him. The family team sailed their rehabbed 1977 Hunter 30 Solitude to first place in that class.

Mike Doyle came out on top of the Racer/Cruisers in his Irwin 39 Wing It.

Complete results at Copyright Charlie Clifton 9/30/08

Dean Cleall's new Stiletto 27 features graphics by his daughter.
-Debbie St. James photo.