By Rob Shaw 36/600 Race Director
The Mesa Model Yacht Club’s annual 36/600 Arizona state championship was held Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Dobson pond. Racing started under foggy conditions with winds ranging between 2 and 5 miles an hour. We sailed six long courses and six short courses. The sun came out by lunchtime and the winds died to 0 to 3 mph. This made for challenging racing with constant tuning.
Bob Spracker competing in his first 36/600 regatta took top honors sailing one of Dennis Deprois’ Millenniums with 10 1st place finishes. He would have taken all the races if it hadn’t been for an early start and a DNF due to one of his shrouds coming loose leaving his mast with the sails floating in the water. Sailing stopped as the rescue boat retrieved his boat and the shroud was reconnected.
The fight for second place was competitive between Rob Shaw sailing one of Bob Stearns’ Venoms and Dirk Brewer sailing his Millennium. It came down to the last race to determine that Rob edged out Dirk by only 3 points. Phil Meyrick beat Kirk Welker by 1 point to take 4th place.
The day of sailing was fun with only a few protests. I want to thank everyone for assisting in the set up of the course and cleaning up afterwards.
Summary of 2018 36/600 Arizona State Championship, Green Chevrons
Date: December 8, 2018
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Host Club: MMYC
Winds: 0-5 MPH
Races completed: 12
Scoring: Low points with 2 throw-outs
2018 SCR Results
Place Skipper Points
1st. Bob Spracker 10 pts
2nd. Rob Shaw 27 pts
3rd. Dirk Brewer 30 pts
4th. Phil Meyrick 35 pts
5th Kirk Welker 36 pts
6th Don Lucas 41 pts
7th. Al Wendler 53 pts
Race conditions at the beginning of the regatta.
MMYC Commodore Al Wendler, happy that the sun finally came out.
The rescue boat after one successful assistance and ready for another emergency.
Eventual winner Bob Spracker with Dirk Brewer and the rest of the sailors behind him.
Photos courtesy of Phil Meyrick.