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