2019 Victoria Class Arizona State Championships


Victoria Class Arizona State Championship Regatta

Hosted by Mesa Model Yacht Club at Dobson Park Lake

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Under beautiful blue Arizona skies with just a smattering of wispy clouds, the first race started at 10:05. The typical variable and shifty winds kept all 10 skippers on their toes through all 12 races. Sometime guessing and often muttering, this amiable group shared some spirited competition. Skippers represented a latitudinal span from Alberta, Canada all the way to Green Valley, Arizona; and included a visitor from the Denver Colorado area. Two competitors and an observer made the short drive from Tucson, and an additional five skippers were present from the hosting club of Mesa. Racing until around 2:30, there were 4 different racers who nailed bullets, and 7 who had at least 1 top 3 finishes.

Kudos to the ‘middle of the pack’ skippers for the day (Kirk Welker, Al Wendler, Ken Hegy, and Don Lucas). There were many times when several vessels were clustered tightly. The inevitable calls for right away, and penalties for infractions were handled properly with a sound execution of many 360’s across the day. A special call-out for Skipper Robert Prievo whose persistence was admirable. While bringing up the rear throughout the day, he finished each and every race (he made certain there was “no boat left behind”). The entire group of contestants made this day of acting as Race Director a pleasure.

For the hardware:

Ron Roper, from Alberta, with 53 points edged out Kirk Welker by just 1 point to earn 5th place

In 4th place, all alone, was local Rob Shaw with 32 points (his bullet was on the final race!)

The battle for 2nd was tight with local Ray Dagenais scoring 24 to squeak by Jerry Roberson’s 26.

The day turned out to be a runaway for Bob Spraker, with a blistering score of 14! He has an eye for catching the wind’s shifty variations, and keeps the boat moving.

2019 Arizona Victoria State Championship Results

Place    Skipper            Sail#      Points

1      Bob Spraker         26      14

2      Ray Dagenais      42      24

3     Jerry Robertson      0      26

4     Rob Shaw             79      32

5     Ron Roper            45       53

6    Kirk Welker           20        54

7    Ken Hegy          305         60

8    Don Lucas          82         72

9    Al Wendler         50         82

10 Robert Prievo     13         96

Respectfully submitted by Mark Kane, Race Director
































































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