August Ice hot in Trans Tahoe Regatta win
Dick Ferris and his 41-foot yacht, August Ice, won the 44th running of the Trans Tahoe Regatta in Tahoe City on Saturday.
Ferris, a resident of Tahoe City, drove his J/125 racing sloop to victory by nearly two minutes over Gary Redelberger’s sleek Farr 36, Racer X. August Ice also won line honors (first to finish) by 3 minutes, 30 seconds over Racer X and two multi-hull classes that started before it. And, in the fast PHRF 1 fleet, August Ice held off several hot boats, including Racer X, John Corda’s Farr 36 Wicked, a J/124, and a J/105.
In the Melges 24 one-design class, Kevin Clark’s Smokin took the five-boat field and finished third overall in the regatta. Dan Hauserman of Tahoe City was second in Personal Puff, and Christopher Farkas was third in Practice Girl.
Other class winners were Ross Groelz’ Express 27 Eagle (PHRF 2), Les Bartlett’s modified Venture 24 Groovy (PHRF 3), Berte Lemke’s Corsair 28 Miss Blue Eyes (Multi-hull), Ross Stein’s Corsair 24 Origami (Corsair 24 one-design), and Charles Quaglieri’s Wylie 40 Brain Wave (Cruising).
“The wind was perfect for us today, and our great crew was ready for it,” Ferris said. “An hour earlier or later may not have been right. We had a great day.”
Indeed, the crew rigged August Ice perfectly with a lightweight, masthead spinnaker that was ideal for the 10-knot conditions. And, as usual for August Ice in Tahoe Yacht Club racing, her crack crew executed every tack, jibe and hoist with the precision necessary for a shortened race.
The race normally begins in Tahoe City, crosses the Lake to Glenbrook and returns to Tahoe City. However, the wind did not arrive until after 4 p.m., so the race committee shortened the course to a triangle of 7.1 nautical miles.
Principal Race Officer Danny Pavel noted, “We were fortunate to get the race off this year, but a seven-knot sea breeze finally came in and built to 10 or 12 knots, so the racing was competitive in all classes.”
Said to Jim Mullen, regatta co-chair: “We have had only one abandoned Trans Tahoe in the last 25 years, although we sometimes have started late. Usually we get 15 to 20 knots from the southwest in the afternoon.”
PHRF 1 (five boats)
1. August Ice J/125 Dick Ferris, Tahoe City
2. Racer X Farr 36 Gary Redelberger, Tahoe City
3. Wicked Farr 36 John Corda, Tahoe City
PHRF 2 (five boats)
1. Eagle Express 27 Ross Groelz, South Lake Tahoe
2. Arch Angel Antrim 27 Bryce Griffith, Reno
3. True Luff Tartan 10 John Utter, Reno
PHRF 3 (six boats)
1. Groovy Venture 24 Les Bartlett, San Diego
2. Dove Ranger 23 Bill Wahlander, Lafayette, Calif.
3. Legs Moore 24 Lester Robertson, Carson City
Melges 24 One-design (five boats)
1. Smokin Melges 24 Kevin Clark, Orinda, Calif.
2. Personal Puff Melges 24 Dan Hauserman, Tahoe City
3. Practice Girl Melges Christopher Farkas, San Francisco
Multi-hull (three boats)
1. Miss Blue Eyes Corsair 28 Bert Lemke, Aptos, Calif.
2. Afterburner Corsair 750 Jon Green, San Jose
3. Wings Corsair 24 William Cook, Oakley, Calif.
Multi-hull Corsair 24 One-design (six boats)
1. Origami Corsair 24 Ross Stein, Redwood City, Calif.
2. Gaigin Corsair 24 Pete Adams, Benicia, Calif.
3. River Dance Corsair 24 Pierre Chatelainn, Nevada City, Calif
1. Brain Wave Wylie 30 Charles Quaglieri, Reno
2. Knot Bitchin San Juan 24 Chaco Molher, Tahoe City
3. Sorceress Hunter 35.3 James Walsh, Reno