The view from above was incredibly cool on Saturday morning as boats gathered in Little Traverse Bay for the 55th annual Little Traverse Yacht Club’s Ugotta Regatta. This unique perspective was captured by a drone camera being launched from a spectator boat. (Photo by Chase Offield).
Wild weather, strong winds, and stellar sailors defined this year's annual Little Traverse Yacht Club's Ugotta Regatta.
"I'm tremendously happy with a very successful regatta weekend, and very thankful to our many volunteers and the people of Harbor Springs," said LTYC vice commodore and Regatta chair, Corky Weber. "The local people are so welcoming and friendly to our sailors and families."
Thursday greeted the "big boats"-- the Great Lakes 70s-- and J/111 sailors with perfect conditions; blue sky and winds 10-15-knot winds; a true "champagne sailing" kind of day. Friday, the one design classes headed out for a light wind start to the day, but were able to complete a successful race. Strange weather started Saturday's races with a two hour postponement, but once given a green light to go, sailors had steady 15-20 knot winds with 30 knot gusts and big waves. Sunday morning's fog was accompanied by 5-10 knot breezes from the East-- keeping everyone on their toes. All fleets but the J/111's continued with the Tour of the Bay on Sunday.
"Conditions were great," Weber said. "While the weather was sometimes questionable, it held off and we had a super weekend of racing. We also hosted two great parties after racing each day for the sailors and their families at the Yacht Club."
Overall Regatta winners included Robert Hughes' boat Heartbreaker in first place, Bill Martin's Stripes in second, and Marty Jensen's Zigzag in third.
This year, the J/111 North American Championship was held in conjunction with Regatta weekend, and local sailors topped the podium, with Rich Lehmann's Wind Czar taking first place and Dave Irish's nosurprise coming in second.
One Design Series award winners were as follows: J/105, first place Clark Pellett's Sealark; second place, Carter Williams/Creative Destruction; third place, Exit Strategy/Little Traverse Sailors. J/70, first place, Scott Sellers/Tres Burritos; second place, Jack Martin/Exit Strategy II; third place, Polk Wagner/Escape. Alerion 28, first place Oliver Grin's Little Eagle; second place Ed Palm/Still Crazy; third place, Clas Nilstoft/Glory. GL70s, first place, Evolution/Pete Reichelsdorfer; second place, Stripes/Bill Martin; third place, Details, Lance Smotherman.
Detailed results can be found on the Little Traverse Yacht Club website, www.ltyc.org