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Siblings Not Turkeys at Turkey Day Regatta


This past weekend, a total of eighteen Lido teams flocked (no pun intended) to ABYC for the annual Turkey Day Regatta. Viewed as the last call of sorts for many before winter hibernation, the Turkey Day Regatta drew sailors as far away as Santa Barbara and Marina Del Rey to Long Beach to see who would take home the turkey trophy.

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Although light breezes prevailed for most of the weekend, the race committee still got off eight races, the most of any fleet in the regatta, and most importantly, got us back to the club before the ocean class boats both days. The result was that the lido fleet was the first to the crane (only one crane was working this weekend) both days and first to the bar and the traditional turkey dinner on the second deck! Plus, we got the most races (eight) of any fleet sailing in the regatta with the least amount of time out on the water (some would call it drifting time to and from the race course)! It’s not a bad life being a lido sailor!


The A fleet saw action packed racing that included a general recall, individual recalls, tacking duels and a sprinkle of match racing between the top guns as they fought it out for their chance to win a turkey trophy and to put their name on the Moment of Glory perpetual trophy. It seemed that everybody had their own moment of glory out on the water this past weekend. For example, in race one, Nathan and Erin Dalleska finished a close 2nd behind team Ryan/Schaupeter! John Gresham and Mandy Smith won race two and had it not been for a very exciting tacking duel/match race and dial up by team Ryan/Schaupeter on the last beat to the finish (see video below), they would’ve won race four, too. It may have been light air this past weekend, but it was still action back racing out there! Mike Shea/David Webb had a couple of seconds and thirds in the weekend and the new team of Brooke Jolly and Amanda Wayne even had a solid third and forth place finish in which they beat up on team Ryan/Schaupeter with! Although the results don’t show it, Bruce Golison/Dini Corsi were on fire on Sunday and had it not been for a hiccup in not knowing the course in race five, they could’ve easily have had three bullets on Sunday! The biggest moment of glory this pat weekend had to have been when Charles and Joanna Smith won the last race by at least six boat lengths! They lead the entire fleet around every mark and didn’t look back! Way to go Smiths! In the end, the brother and sister team of Mark Ryan and Sarah Schaupeter won the turkey trophy and the Moment of Glory perpetual. 


In the B fleet, another sibling team prevailed! The brother team of Dale and Scott Gonewold won five of the eight races! They had to throw out a third place! In second were new comers Kenny Kieding and Ed Behrens from Santa Barbara and coming in third were long time lido sailors Marcel and Jennifer Hughes! The Hughes also had their daughter, Shannon Hughes out on the water skippering a lido, too! 


      Although light air prevailed the weekend, the lido fleet still had a great time catching up with old friends and making new ones. What was great was watching all the poor souls in the ocean class fleets drifting out to the ocean race course in the morning, having fewer races then us, then drifting in while we had more races with less time on the water and more time at the bar! All an all it was a great weekend for lido sailing and we’re looking forward to the next chance to sail our beloved lidos!


-Weather Helm



Ryan come from behind finish line dial-up ending badly for Gresham




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