Courcier wins Trans Tahoe; Hauserman tops Tahoe Melges Race Week | SierraSun.com

Courcier wins Trans Tahoe; Hauserman tops Tahoe Melges Race Week

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Photo by Steve Lapkin / www.h2omark.comDan Hauserman's Melges 24, Personal Puff, won the Tahoe Melges Race Week on Lake Tahoe.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Driving his sleek Farr 36 sloop, Wicked, Richard Courcier of Tahoe City won the 48th Trans Tahoe sailboat regatta on Lake Tahoe this past Saturday.

Wicked edged out last year’s winner, August Ice, a 41-foot J/125 owned by Dick Ferris of Tahoe City, with a time of 4 hours, 27 minutes and 47 seconds over the 30-nautical-mile course.

Although August Ice was first to the finish line, the handicapping system used by the Tahoe Yacht Club scored Wicked the winner by 5 seconds, the closest finish in more than 15 years at the Trans Tahoe.

Courcier commented after the race that his crew used a stopwatch to measure the difference in finishing times for Wicked and August Ice and figured that Wicked had won by 2.5 seconds, but nobody knew the official results until Sunday’s awards luncheon at the Tahoe Yacht Club.

Third place went to Racer X, a Farr 36 owned by Gary Redelberger of Tahoe City, who finished 7:46 behind the winner.

and#8220;Conditions for the race were ideal: steady winds, clear sky, and flat water and#8212; a perfect day on Lake Tahoe,and#8221; said Jim Mullen, regatta co-chair.

Redelberger said his instruments measured peak wind speed at 23 knots, and Les Bartlett of Homewood and#8212; the fourth-place finisher and#8212; noted that the sailing conditions were the best he had experienced in his more than 40 years of racing in the Trans Tahoe.

Dan Hauserman of Reno won the hotly contested Melges 24 division and the eight-race Tahoe Melges Race Week, which the Tahoe Yacht Club conducted simultaneously with the Trans Tahoe. Hauserman’s Melges 24, Personal Puff, won by an amazing 11:38 to take the Tahoe Melges Race Week, which is one of four events in the California Cup competition for Melges 24-foot boats.

John Utter of Reno won in Keelboat Division 2 in his Tartan 10 sloop, True Luff, edging out Phil Kanegsberg’s Ultimate 20 U Decide by 8 seconds.

In the Multihull division, Paul Martsen from Southern California won with his Corsair 31 Drei and also won the Tahoe Yacht Club’s new trophy for the first-place Corsair multihull.

In the Corsair 24 division, perennial winner Ross Stein won aboard Origami by a substantial 5:40 margin. For the Corsair fleet, the Trans Tahoe was the final event of their and#8220;Harmonic Conversion at Lake Tahoe,and#8221; their annual get-together at the Lake.

Winning in the Cruising division was Brainwave, a Wylie 40 owned by Dr. Charles Quaglieri of Reno.

and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.