LOSHRS Youngstown was a great success!
This year, we had 90 boats head across the water to Youngstown in what started out to be light and variable winds. The first 8 miles was a challenge for many, but the winds eventually settled in and a steady breeze out of the south-east held the entire way across the lake making for a great sail. There were no spinnakers unfortunately and the boats that went west at the start were lifted towards the mark with the building winds on the south shore. A few boats never tacked the entire race.
The first boat to finish was Zoom, a Farr 395 raced by Keith Bechard with an elapsed time of 5:22:46.
The first overall on corrected time DH-FS was Jersey Girl, an Olsen911s raced by Mark and Claudette Searl.
First overall on corrected time for DH-WS was Napadelis, a Laser 28 raced by Al Hansen.
First SH-FS on corrected time was Striker, a Beneteau 10R raced by Jen Steyn
First SH-WS on corrected time was Mythos, a CS36 Merlin raced by Ted Spanos.
The reception after the race was excellent, with thanks extended to the Steyn's for once again, being gracious hosts at Youngstown Yacht Club.
The race back on Sunday turned out to be the typical race we have come to expect. Everyone was teased with blowing winds from the west, southwest, which were up to 18 knots on a close reach home. The winds finally opened up and spinnakers appeared on the course; once the winds changed closer to shore, most boats found themselves sailing into the fascinating hole and had to keep working to make the boat move. It was a challenging sail home that required some manouvers to find some breeze at the end of the race as opposed to the previous day where everyone was looking for wind at the start of the day. It's what makes it interesting, particularly single or double handed. There were a few dropouts on the way home, but overall the majority of the fleet had a great weekend and two great races. The fastest time in the 3rd race from Youngstown to PCYC was an amazing 3:32:50 by Shock Therapy (without weeds), a Shock 40 sailed by Gary Benner and Alex Libby, they are probably still grinning.
First overall DH-FS on corrected time was Ragtime, a C&C35 Mk3 skippered by Mike VanderVaart 4:58:19
First overall DH-WS yacht was Railin, a Catalina 30 skippered by Mike Sweet with an elapsed time of 5:31:39.
First overall SH-FS was LES, a C&C35 raced by John Hagen
First overall SH-WS was Emerald, a Hughes Columbia 8.7 raced by Carolyn Archibald.
The next LOSHRS race is the 100 mile race, which will start August 19th. Please check the website for all the details and results at LOSHRS.com