Bartlett captures fourth Trans-Tahoe victory |

Bartlett captures fourth Trans-Tahoe victory

Fast-changing weather conditions marked the 43rd running of the Trans-Tahoe Regatta last Saturday, the annual feature race of the Tahoe Yacht Club.

Nevertheless, good racing conditions prevailed for much of the day and favored boats with big reaching spinnakers. Groovy, Les Bartlett’s tricked-out Venture 24 with Soling rig and masthead kite, won first place overall for keelboats. It was Bartlett’s fourth Trans-Tahoe victory.

Merlin, a Melges 32 owned by John Corda and Richard Courcier, took a close second, just nine seconds behind Groovy in corrected time using Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) time-on-time handicapping.

Bay Area boats fared well in the regatta, with Kirsten Lane’s Brick House winning the hotly contested Melges 24 division of eight boats, and with Scott Hipsley’s Wild Thing taking second, 13 seconds behind Brick House.

In the C Division (PHRF over 130), Mike Whitfield’s J/24 TMC Racing sailed extremely well to finish second in conditions not well suited for J/24s.

Big spinnakers were key in gaining line honors. Dick Ferris’ J/125 August Ice, with its huge masthead kite, was the fist keelboat to finish, completing the 26-mile course in 4 hours, 29 minutes.

Gary Redelberger’s brand new Farr 36 ” just completed by Jim Betts in his Verdi, Nev., yard ” took second, 17 seconds behind August Ice.

Adrenaline, Bill Erkelens’ Custom 36 took first in the multi-hull division, beating 10 Corsairs, including Ross Stein’s Origami and Jerry Grant’s Freedom Dance, which finished second and third respectively.

Mike Robinson’s Express 27 Expressway won the B division (PHRF 90-19). Knott Bitchin, owned by Choco Moller and Walt Frese, won first in the cruising (non-spinnaker keelboat) division.

Weather conditions included two hours of no wind that delayed the start followed by a wind change of 180 degrees an hour after the start. Later, a large thunderhead loomed in from the south, bringing rainsqualls and lightning to the back of the fleet. Finally, a rare northeasterly wind replaced Tahoe’s normal afternoon southwesterly. To meet the fast-moving weather, most crews stayed busy hoisting spinnakers a dozen or more times during the race.

“Fifty-two boats registered for the regatta,” said Jim Mullen, regatta co-chairman, “including a number of Melges 24s that will be competing in the Melges 24 PCCs at the TYC a week after the Trans-Tahoe, and there were some J/24s that will be competing in the J/24 Western Regionals in South Lake Tahoe that same weekend.

“Also, we had a fleet of 10 Corsairs that have made the Trans-Tahoe a big part of a week-long, summer rendezvous and family campout at Lake Tahoe.”

A Division (PHRF under 90):

Merlin Melges 32, John Corda, Richard Courcier

Racer X Farr 36, Gary Redelberger

Ice Nine J/109, Jim Casey

August Ice J/125, Dick Ferris

Arch Angel Antrum 27, Bryce Griffith

Reddy Freddy J/100, Fred Altmann

Chinook J/105, Jim Duffy

Boowin Bayou J/105, Jim Teel

B Division (PHRF 90-129):

Espressway Express 27, Mike Robinson

Stray Cat Olson 30, Brian Barger

True Luff Tartan 10, John Utter

Ripple Hobie 32, Ted Stover

The Sting Canadian 36, John Larsen

E Ticket Olson 30, Eric Arnold

C Division (PHRF 130 and up):

Groovy Venture 24, Les Bartlett

TMC Racing J/24, Michael Whitfield

Blue J J/24, Brian Mullen

Tinker Toy Santana 20, Blair Wallace

Ricochet Ultimate 20, Geoff Gardner

Brainwave Wylie, Charles Quagliari

Poopsie Santa Cruz 27, John Rogers

Charisima Catalina 27, Randy Chitwood

Mental Floss San Juan, Byrne Falke

Eowyn Olson 25, Pat Colletti

On Belay J/24, Don Taylor

Melges 24 Division 8 boats:

Brick House Melges 24, Kristen Lane

Wild Thing Melges 24, Scott Hipsley

Seein Double Melges 24, Peter and Brian York

Personal Puff Melges 24, Dan Hauserman

Nothing Ventured Melges 24, Tom Klenke

TTFN Melges 24, Stacy Conner

Go Dogs Go Melges 24, Tim Hawkins

Regazzoni Melges 24, Donnelly

Cruising Division (non-spinnaker keel boats) 5 boats:

Knot Bitchin Melges 24, Choco Moller, Walt Frese

Kracklin Rose Merritt 22, Dennis Cleary

Prime Interest Catalina, Bob Pelton

Multi-Hull Division 11 boats:

Adrenaline Custom 36, Bill Erkelens

Origami Coursair 24, Ross Stein

Freedom Dance Coursair 24, Jerry Grant

Puppeteer Coursair 24, Thom Davis

Ama Mana Coursair 24, Cal Tanucchi

Flash Coursair 24, Bret Nelson

Trident Coursair 24

Miss Blue Eyes Coursair 28

Preshuss Coursair 24, Fred Cox

Jubilent Coursair 24, Brian Burke


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