2008 Sadie Hawkins Day Race
PAUPACK SAILING CLUB
Kristin Schmidt Chairperson
Laura Shortway Co-Chairperson

July 20, 2008

Start:Start 1, Finishes:Finish time, Time:12:11:00, Course:3, Wind dir:SW, Ave wind:12.4k

It was a beautiful day with a breeze strong enough to make the race very exciting.  The ladies of Paupack Sailing lined up along the start line, ready to show the men what they’re made of.  The day began with smiles and waves and talk about food for the picnic.  But, once the countdown began the ladies pulled in their sails and got serious. 

It was a good start, with Sandi Scull and crew leading the way.  The wind meter read 10 knots as the rest of the boats joined the chase to the windward mark.  As the boats approached the second mark, the wind speed picked up to 14 knots.  This was definitely going to be an exciting race.  As the boats approached the third mark, the winds really picked up and the whitecaps lapped at the sides of the boats.  Then, it was just a race to the finish line.  The captain of Nineva, the J-24 of Aaron Gillespi showed some real expertise, sailing her way to first place.  Close behind were the daughter/mother team of Jackie and Cindy Fontana in the S-2 named Blast. They rode past the committee boat with the rail in the water and smiles on their faces.  Next across the line were Sandi, Molly and Denny in the debut of the Catalina 25 that bears the name, Sweet Virginia Breeze.  This was the only all-female crew in the race today. 

Next to cross the line was NATURAL HABITAT, with Katie Detrick at the helm and Kristen and Nikki Weaver handling the sails. They looked so relaxed and happy that no one would have known that the winds were kicking up to well over 20 knots. At this point the race committee decided to call this a one lap race.  Shirl Fitzsimmons and Elizabeth Donovan sailed across the line next in the Nantucket Bucket.  They did an excellent job of not only keeping the boat under control, but also keeping the “cabin troll” in line.  Not an easy job, but these ladies proved to be up to the task! 

Next, Kristen Schmidt brought Fiddlers Green across the line with her crew hanging on tight.  Rumor has it she had him hanging on the side of the boat earlier, but he was in the cockpit when they sailed past the race committee. 

Andria Wright bravely sailed Fore Sail to a respectable 7th place finish.  Christie Steinbach followed close behind in Beggar’s Banquet.  Christine and Ali Trainor took 9th place in the Cat boat.  Rounding out the top ten was About Time which ran into some trouble on the course, but was still standing when the race ended. 

The ladies of Paupack Sailing send a special thank you to Ken and Jackie Didion who helped tow About Time back to the dock.  Thank you to Kristen Schmidt for chairing the race, Laura Shortway for assisting as co-chair, to Dan Shortway for serving on race committee, and to all of the women and men who brought food for the picnic.   Thank you also to the Detrick crew who helped to retrieve two of the marks.  We enjoyed a lovely dinner, and shared stories of grand adventure. 

All in all it was a fantastic day.  We are already making plans for next year’s Sadie Hawkins Event.

Article and Photos provided by Laura and Dan Shortway.


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