2019 Lido 14 Class Championship's Review
The skies were clear and it was warm in the Pacific Northwest for the weekend of the 2019 Lido 14 Class Championships. We all gathered at the newly finished Willamette Sailing Club’s clubhouse on the Willamette River in Portland. The local Oregonian Lido sailors were there with their boats on the docks with easy access into the river. They welcomed the rest of us who traveled in from around the West Coast as we drifted in on Thursday and Friday morning, a total of 27 boats.
Friday's sailing ended with stowing our boats on the docks before heading to the clubhouse for beers and commiserating about our performances. I can still remember the tips I heard during the day of "get closer to the crew amidships", "sheet in the main more", "point a little higher", and "watch those telltales", all good advise for everyone.
Saturday started with a skippers meeting and new flags for our booms, gold and silver. The races began with Gold Fleet then Silver Fleet alternating all afternoon. The wind was shifty and spotty and the starts were postponed several times for uneven wind at the line and some OCS. We also had to deal with the additional river traffic on a Saturday as ski boats, jet skis, and an occasional Spirit of Portland made their way along and through the racecourse. Their wakes were pretty big as we bobbed along waiting for our start sequences. Overall it was a good day on the river with some great sailing experiences. We saw some close competition at the marks and exciting starts especially from the Gold Fleet - they really know how to be at the line right at 0:00.
Sunday consisted of the waiting game; waiting for the wind: a puff here and there, then nothing, a report of wind in downtown Portland, then nothing. The PRO made several trips out on the river looking for something and returned each time empty handed. We had a delightful lunch and talked about our boats and waited some more. Some of us went down to the docks and gathered around a few boats to discuss and evaluate changes to hardware and the stiffness of hulls for a hour or more. It was a good education as to the little tips that can make your boat easier to handle and maybe a little faster. Sadly, without any sailing, they finally called it a day and we headed into the clubhouse for the awards ceremony.
So Saturday’s results were used for the final determinations of awards. The collection of perpetual trophies was impressive as some were from the earliest days of Lido sailing in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The overall winners were as follows:
Kerry and Amy Poe in 1st place - Class Champions
Kevin Thomas and Helen Burdett in 2nd place
Steve and Andrew Klotz in 3rd place
Chris and Nicola Bittner in 4th place
Tom and Jim Box in 5th place
Jim Sterner and Rachel Pulver in 1st place
Murray McLeod and Al Avey in 2nd place
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Schroeder in 3rd place
Allen and Jim Stults in 4th place
Geoff Fanning and Lenore Zenger in 5th place
Fleet 62 Captain