The 22nd Annual Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta, held in Elbow Cay, was at risk of not happening for the first time in 22 years. Due to the fast ferry canceling, a busy regatta schedule, Hurricane Sandy and other factors, the regatta was delayed multiple times. An opening in the schedule was finally found and the regatta’s date was set for November 25.
Nathan’s Bay beach was the venue and turned out to be a very nice gathering spot. Dave and Lenore Muloch, from Little Harbour, along with Steve, came all the way in “Mr. G” to take care of the race committee responsibilities. The early wind forecast was 10-15 knots. In reality, the racers got 2-7, with subtle shifts.
The sunfish in Race 1 began with Dwayne Wallas leading the first lap, to be passed by Jim Kaighin, who was then passed by a nose at the finish line by Andrew Wilhoyte. Race 2 had Dwayne and Andrew fighting for the lead, but Andrew had the lead when it counted. At the finish it was Andrew Wilhoyte again.
Jim Kaighin got off to a good start in Race 3 and caught the first shift and lead from start to finish by a big margin. Things were looking interesting when Andrew rounded the first windward mark in 5th. But Andrew made his way back to 2nd, winning the Homer Lowe for the first time, with scores of 1, 1 and 2.
In the Opti fleet, it was a battle between Joey Gale and Brandon Sands. It was fun to watch these two young sailors in tacking duels and covering each other. They never seemed to be more than a few yards apart around the race course. Joey Gale won the regatta with two first and one second, Brandon Sands had two seconds and a first.
The crews were very fortunate to have Denis Beauchesne sailing with them, who has a house right on Nathan’s Bay. He and his wife, Veronica, were very generous and allowed the racers and spectators to use their grill and hold the trophy presentation on their back deck.
The participants and organizers wish to Robert Key for cooking those good burgers and hotdogs. Thanks also to Dave and Lenore Mulock, once again. Thanks are also extended to Dave Pahl, for setting the course. Thanks extended also to Matt McCoy and the Hope Town sailing Club for making arrangements in Hope Town.
The 23rd Annual Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta hopes to be back in Marsh Harbour in April or May 2013.
The competitors of the Sunfish Category were: Andrew Wilhoyte, Jim Kaighin, Dwayne Wallas, Jeff Gale, Matt Mccoy, Ron Engle, Chris Albury, Tim Sands, Dave Pahl, Robert Key and Denis Beauchesne.