The 36th sailing of the Millimeter National Championship should be called the Randy Smith regatta. Randy won six of the ten races with untouchable speed and a very good reading of the subtle shifts. This was his seventh gold win. Randy is not new to the class, as he raced in the first championship regatta in 1985.
Aaron Lee won three races and placed second in the regatta. Chris Davis won one race and placed third in the regatta. David West sailed for the first time in a Millie and placed fourth. Dave had good speed upwind both days.
Paul Turner won the Silver Fleet, and Greg Owen placed second. The races were twenty-five to thirty minutes long, and there were no stragglers. Visiting skipper Lyn Hines had a good race placing fourth in race 10. Liam O'Flaherty suffered on a port tack incident and dropped out, but in the first seven races, he had 5 fourth places.
Racing was so close that after 10 races Lyn Hines, Bill Fruchterman, and Bob Scholl were all tied at 70 points and the ties were broken per RRS Appendix A8.
The Championship format is ten races scheduled over two days. We try to have six races on day one. There is one throw out after five races and another after eight races are completed.
The breeze might have reached 10 knots, but there were light spots and subtle shifts.
PRO John Hansen conducted the racing with the help of Rebecca Hinden on the RC boat and Encinal YC Commodore Ted Floyd in the mark set whaler.
Saturday evening, most of the group had the annual dinner on the lawn and enjoyed refreshments from the club’s Tiki Bar. Many thanks to EYC for hosting the regatta under these challenging 2020 conditions.