BABA racers and Meet at the Beach inspired windsurfers scored a big weekend at Mayo for the East Coast Championships on September 21 and 22.
We’ve got lots of pictures and words to share, but in case, dear reader, you don’t make it through the entire post, I’m going to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who pulled together to put on the regatta. As Myles Borash said when asked why he traveled all the way from Boston to compete – he makes a great effort to travel to our regatta because BABA still cares about racing and has volunteers who will work to put on an event, while his local windsurfing community gave up long ago.
Race Director Dave Iseri and his trusty race committee ran some great starts from Jeff and Darlene Fortes’ sailboat Something Special. Jasmine Iseri was also a key member of the RC. She’s working hard on her windsurfing skills and had a blow-out week with her parents in Hatteras in August. Jeff and Darlene generously brought out their sailboat (this is their 2nd year at the ECC) so we could have a great platform for the RC to run the racing. On Saturday, Albert Pritchard served as mark setter and chase/rescue boat captain in his Boston Whaler. Albert trailered his boat, hauled it over to Mayo and launchesd from a nearby marina so we could have a a safe event. For Sunday’s marks/chase/rescue Tom Caswell brought over his boat from a nearby marina and Warren Evans served as Captain – he even had a rescue to perform when Chris Bel 29 broke his mast during the last race of the event.
Our lunch crew was headed up by Maureen Pritchard and Amber Kasbeer who both had to duke it out with our local sandwich shop (who shall remain nameless, and who had plenty of notice that we were going to place a large order) to secure our lunches and get them over to Mayo in a timely fashion. Thanks for making sure we had food! We can’t have an event without money so our trusty Treasurer Helen Van Gelder was on site to collect the regatta fees and dole out payments for food and beverages at Mayo. Also on site to lend a hand were Ann Jackson, Mike McCormick, Chris Wattengel and Fan Pat.
The weekend was topped off with a drawing for windsurfing swag donated by our loyal sponsors. Thanks to sponsorship chair Dave Iseri , Hatteras Trip Coordinator Coby Leyden & LTW Coordinator Janice Emerling for working with all of the sponsors during the year: ABK Board Sports, Aerotech Sails, Avon Sail House, Chinook, Dakine, DelMarVa Board Sports, East of Maui, Easy Uphaul/Waterstarter, Ezzy, Maui Fin Company, Ocean Air, Wind NC, Windsport Magazine and Ultimate Watersports. And thanks to our immediate past Commodore Tomaso for laying the groundwork and keeping our racing program going for many, many years. Thank you all. And a big thank you to our hosts at Mayo Beach – Anne Arundel County Parks and Rec. It was a great weekend!