Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan 2015 in the record books

Have just returned to Colorado after a wonderful weekend at Lake Pleasant, Arizona, attending the 2015 Wrinkleboat Ran-Tan.  Arizona provided summer-like weather during the weekend – 70s and sunshine.  The only ‘negative’ was the wind was at an all-time low … folks that have attending the Arizona Yacht Club Birthday Regatta stated this was a ‘record low’ for lack of wind.  Oh well, one can’t control the weather.

Saturday morning's Skippers Meeting that covered the racing schedule and starting sequence.

Saturday morning’s Skippers Meeting that covered the racing schedule and starting sequence.

Sailing was still fun.  The Wrinkleboats ran three races – two on Saturday and one on Sunday.  The two Saturday races were ‘drifters’ with the wind blowing at most three knots, but usually around 1kt.  There were times that the boat was moving though no evidence of wind was on the water.

Not much wind.  With all large sails flying and headsails poled out the boats kept moving.

Not much wind. With all large sails flying and headsails poled out the boats kept moving.

Dinner on Saturday night.

Dinner on Saturday night.

Sunday started out with a 10-12kt wind.  The course on Sunday was to run around two islands, Horse and Balanced Rock, at the north end of the lake and then around an un-named island at the south end of the lake.  The nice breeze at the start wasn’t to last.  As the group approached Horse Island the wind died to almost nothing.  As on Saturday I was able to keep the boat moving even with no evidence of a breeze.  The course was shortened to end at the ‘un-named island’.

The last of the morning wind was dying as the boats rounded Horse Island.

The last of the morning wind was dying as the boats rounded Horse Island.

The racing was fun.  Interacting with the Wrinkleboat feet members was a blast.  Great discussions about all things small boat were had.

Wrinkleboaters getting together and talking boats.

Wrinkleboaters getting together and talking boats.

After racing on Sunday was completed the awards were handed out to participants.

The 2015 awards.  The large cup is a perpetual trophy  for the overall fleet winner to keep until next year's racing.

The 2015 awards. The large cup is a perpetual trophy for the overall fleet winner to keep until next year’s racing.

Handing out the 'major awards'.

Handing out the ‘major awards’.

Click on the link below to see the results (once the document loads scroll down to the Sage/Montgomery results)

http://arizonayachtclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2015-B-Day-Regatta-Final-.html

The group then got their boats ready for transport.  Home locations include Arizona, California, Idaho and Colorado.

After a great weekend the Wrinkleboaters have loaded the boats back on the trailers and ready to head home.

After a great weekend the Wrinkleboaters have loaded the boats back on the trailers and ready to head home.

Planning for the 2016 event is already in process.

– Dave

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