WOW; No matter how hard you plan for an event, some things just don’t go as planned. The weather, what’s that all about, I figured because we got our butts kicked last year that we’d be home free this year as far as weather. Well, guess again. Wednesday’s weather was not very kind to us and Thursday morning the weather was still on the crappy side. The flying mile, chicane and docking contests were forced to shut down early on Wednesday and couldn’t get started until after lunch on Thursday. That caused some of our boaters to cancel their plans to compete.
Oh well, Thursday afternoon brought sunny skies and the Inflatable race. Now that; was a GOOD time. We had some great racers this year and the word I received from some of the spectators was that they plan to return next year with their Inflatable’s. I heard the announcer was awesome this year, thanks I couldn’t have done it without the support from the participants and spectators on the docks, great time was had by all. We even had our I-LYA Vice and Rear Commodore run the inflatable race, we nicknamed them “Joker and Fish-head”, we had a lot of fun at their expense. By the way, they finished dead last.
All the social events were well attended and I heard no complaints about the food and drink. The “Rum Party” was held under the tent at the PIBYC and there were a lot of great raffle items. The steak dinner, fish fry, Ladies Tea, IOBG reception and the commodores’ reception were all well attended and all had great reviews.
Sports ashore: Coed softball was a decisive victory for the WEST (final score 23 to 5). Volleyball was split with the men’s division ending EAST over West and the West women beat the ladies from the East. Golf and Putt-Putt always a good time, Wednesday’s Putt-Putt had to be called due to the rain.
Friday was our “Cardboard Boat Race” and we had a pretty good turn out this year with about 8 boats. I want to thank our cardboard boat participants for their help with clean-up. Next year, remember to do a little pre-assembly work at home, with final assemble at the PIBYC pavilion.
Our Junior Power really took off this year so be sure to check out the Junior Power article elsewhere in this issue.
Award ceremony on Saturday was outstanding, cool temperatures and overcast skies didn’t scare any of our participants away. There were (23) clubs represented at this years regatta and as many of you know; clubs compete each year for the “Participation” and “Volunteer” awards. This year brought out a new competitor for Participation and the 1st place win went to BVYC; congratulations, job well done. The Volunteer award went to my friends at WRYCC with over 500 hours, job well done and thank you for all your help. This is what the regatta is all about; Participation, Volunteers, Camaraderie and Good friends, thanks goes out to all who attended. I’m awaiting final numbers on attendance, but we should be around 240. A little off from last year but it was still a GREAT REGATTA.
For those who did not attend the regatta, drop me an email and let me know what we as a committee need to do next year in order for you to return. If anyone has any comments (good or bad) about this year’s regatta, please send me an email and I’ll make sure it gets into the right hands for consideration next year.
Cap’t Bob, 2013 Powerboat Chairman
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