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One Design Weekend
This past weekend saw a contrasting pair of one design
sailboats conclude major regattas. Concluding Friday
were the national championships for the venerable
scow style one design the Butterfly. Beginning Friday
and concluding Sunday was the 2nd annual Great Lakes
Championships for the One Design 35.
One of the unique features of Butterfly regattas is the
wide age spread one encounters on the race course.
This years nationals saw an age range of 11 to 70 years
of age. In fact race 4 was won by 70 year old Duane
Pierson while the regattas final race was one by 11 year
old Connor Cassday. So, not only can just about
anyone enjoy Butterfly sailing, just about anyone can
be a threat to compete and win on the race course.
For complete Butterfly national results click here.
To purchase Butterfly parts on line click here.
As the Butterfly's finished the One Design 35's began
their regatta. The initial Great Lakes Championships
saw 6 boats racing. This years regatta saw that number
more than doubled with a 14 boat fleet.
Boats hailed from Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and as
far away as the east coast and Florida. Obviously at this
stage in the class's history growth is a key part of the story.
Although there were more boats the winner of the Great
Lakes regatta was the same. Robert Hughes sailed
Heartbreaker in consistent fashion to post a 8 point margin
This is not the end of the 1D 35 calendar. In
2nd One Design 35 national championships are
scheduled to be sailed in Holland MI 27-29 August.
For complete results
For more information on the 1D35 click here.