2002 Gorge Cup - August 10 & 11

Report from G42 - Andreas Macke
After taking advantage of perfect course racing conditions for tuning up onFriday, Saturday was so windy that racing was postponed to wait for saner conditions. Bruce Peterson did a test run on his Formula board and an 8.2, and reported that it was doable, but the occasional tailwalking seemed to worry the crowds on the beach. Chenda and Steve Sylvester also went out on 8.2's, and reported that things were survivable, but not much more than that. Bruce pulled out something like four complete slalom setups, so we all got to peel around some while waiting for conditions to mellow out a bit. Around mid-day, I went out on 9.0, ollowed by Brian MacDougall on 5, and reported back to Darren that we thought it was doable by now. A skipper's meeting was held, and around 3pm or so we actually started racing.

We had two races that Saturday afternoon, using an upwind/downwind course Darren had laid in the shadow of Wells Island. The shifts, as well as the obstruction posed by the start/finish line, made for some ough tactical choices. Sails were in the 9.3 to 9.8 range, with some folks using smaller sails after having been freaked out by the ballistic conditions earlier. There were some fierce fights for position in the top 5. In the econd race, Bruce got lifted clean out of the water at the first windward mark after pulling a perfect leebow on me - I barely avoided killing both of us. He still got second in that race.

Sunday morning presented the opposite problem - hardly any breeze to speak of. Occasional 8knot gusts would tease people into going out, but no cigar. Finally, around mid-day, Darren called a race. Some in the leet couldn't make it to the start on time, but the race went off, with 12.5's and 11's being the weapons of choice. Once again, Dale Cook and Bruce Peterson dominated. Steve Sylvester and Chenda Herstus were doing very well; especially considering they had been late for the start, it's truly amazing that Steve pulled out a third in this one. I came in 9th after about 35 minutes or so. The course was a windward/leeward with a downwind gate in the middle of the channel, but the downwind mark had very light air, so the majority of the fleet spent some time slogging.

Darren then postponed further racing. Around mid-afternoon, the breeze filled in a bit. The course was shortened (thus avoiding the big hold around the previous leeward mark) and converted to a downwind finish. e had two more races for a total of five. Bruce stayed on 12.5 (he later commented that was a lot of sail in the freshening breeze), Dale and I switched down to 11 ( I wish I'd kept the 12.5, as I lost a first position at the windward mark by first getting reeled in by Bruce, Steve, and Chenda on the downwind, only to get passed by Dale and Dave Kashy after finding another hole at the bottom of the course). For the last race, hings had steadied out quite a bit, and the 11 was almost a handful (Steve and Chenda changed down to 9.8 and seemed very comfortable). After the fifth race, Darren called the day, as lots of people had to get n the road - too bad, as conditions would have allowed another two races or so.

All in all, it was a great time and a well-run event. The Gorge Cup fleet was very hospitable, and it was nice to see people come out from the East Coast (Tinho Dornellas and Dave Kashy), Minnesota (Nat Sidall), s well as a strong Canadian contingent (as far away as Alberta, plus the usual crowd of folks from BC). There was a Prodigy fleet, as well as one Superlight. The most exciting thing, however, were the juniors. Darren had provided the Bic Techno Formula charter boards to the local junior program free of charge. These kids were ripping it up. On the first day, they started out with tiny wave sails on these big boards. On he second day, on race sails borrowed from Bruce and Dale, they were getting downright fast. Along the way, they had tons of fun. At least a few of these kids showed quite a bit of skill and savvy on the course, so watch out.

Overall results have Dale Cook winning, with Bruce Peterson in second (first in Masters), Steve Sylvester in third (second in Masters), me in fourth, and Chenda in fifth (third in Masters). Not a bad showing for the Bay Area fleet! DaKine and Neil Pryde had provided some great schwag for prizes (most of the juniors went home with harnesses, and two of them got quiver bags won by Bruce and Dale, who generously passed them on to the junior prize pool).

Report from S3 - Steve Sylvester
Andreas and I arrived at the Gorge event site in the late Friday afternoon and sailed 9.8's for a couple of quick hot laps up to the red channel marker off Wells Island. Perfect 9.8 conditions. Apparently the wind had just come up in the afternoon.

On Saturday morning we met up with the S.F. contingent - Brian MacDougall, David Wells and Chenda. It was nuking at the event site. Dale and Bruce went out on 5.5's and slalom boards and were really wound. A couple of us went out on 8.somethings and were way overpowered. Bruce was checking out how his upwind on slalom gear was compared to me on FW gear when his front foot slipped out and he got slammed, reaking a mast. By that time I was pretty intimidated. I figure the gusts were upwards to 40 mph and I was ready to sit it out on the beach when Darren decided to wait and see if things would mellow out a bit.

It did and at around 3:00 p.m. we started racing and held 2 races, most of us on 9.somethings. The 1st race was in good wind but by the end of 2nd race, the wind had turned too South and was getting really flukey so Darren finally called it for the day.

It blew all Saturday night and on Sunday, there was no wind at the event site in the morning. We waited around until the afternoon when the wind finally came up and we started racing again. The first race was very light with big holes - 10.9's to 12.5's. I didn't make it to the start, but was able to play some lucky puff cards and ended up 3rd behind Dale and Bruce. Darren took a break and moved the course up the river as the wind continued to pick up. The 2nd race was still on big sails but in way more consistent wind. Pretty much everyone changed down a size for the 3rd and last race as the wind continued to build.

It was a really good time and great FW racing in the Gorge. It was fun to visit with old friends - Dave Kashy from Virginia and of course the Baulds (though Bob didn't race - he supplied one of the committee boats), Rob Mulder, Darren, Dale and Bruce just to mention a few. Even Ken Winner dropped by to check things out on Sunday.

Masters Formula First Name Last Name Sail # Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total 1st Throw Final
MF Bruce Peterson CAN 21 2 2 2 0.75 0.75 7.5 2 5.5
MF Steve Sylvester S 3 5 3 3 2 3 16 5 11
MF David Kashy VA 9 7 9 6 4 6 32 9 23
MF Chenda Herstus IHI 6 5 7 32 5 55 32 23
MF Tinho Dornellas USA P2 9 10 5 7 12 43 12 31
MF Don Wagner D1 13 7 11 8 32 71 32 39
MF Jan Hoogland JH 1 15 13 8 8 14 58 15 43
MF Mark Dix Z 245 17 12 17 10 9 65 17 48
MF David Lassila 196 32 16 10 11 13 82 32 50
MF Joseph Wyatt W5 15 14 16 12 15 72 16 56
MF Rob Mulder CAN 515 4 6 18 32 32 92 32 60
MF Gary Peer US 008 32 15 22 15 10 94 32 62
MF Jose Gruart 3232 11 17 4 32 32 96 32 64
MF Bob Rueter 41 18 19 21 18 18 94 21 73
MF Brian MacDougall 969 8 8 32 32 32 112 32 80
MF Brian Schurton JAM 1 10 32 32 32 7 113 32 81
MF Tony Locsei 4275 20 32 12 19 32 115 32 83
MF Bob Schroeder US 303 32 20 32 32 32 148 32 116
MF Rick Martin UAS 19 32 32 32 20 32 148 32 116
MF Mike Houston 928 32 32 32 32 32 160 32 128
Formula First Name Last Name Sail # Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total 1st Throw Final
F Dale Cook US 18 0.75 0.75 0.75 3 2 7.25 3 4.25
F Andreas Macke G 42 3 4 9 6 4 26 9 17
F Eric Sinclair CAN 202 32 32 32 5 8 109 32 77
F Louis Lafreniere US 1420 12 32 20 13 32 109 32 77
F Jay Salzman US 221 32 32 32 21 19 136 32 104
F Alex Ioamide US 51 32 32 32 32 32 160 32 128
F Brian Fukuda WA 777 32 32 32 32 32 160 32 128
Prodigy First Name Last Name Sail # Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total 1st Throw Final
P Pepi Gerald P 51 14 11 13 14 11 63 14 49
P Mark Luscher NW28 32 18 14 17 17 98 32 66
P Nathaniel Siddall N 19 21 15 22 20 97 22 75
Junior First Name Last Name Sail # Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total 1st Throw Final
J Bryan Metcalf-Perez   0.75 4 2 3 4 13.75 4 9.75
J Sean Ritter   2 0.75 4 4 3 13.75 4 9.75
J Cheyne Swick   3 3 3 2 2 13 3 10
J Kieran Devnney   9 9 0.75 0.75 0.75 20.25 9 11.25
J Andy Crafis   4 2 5 5 5 21 5 16
J Ben Albright   5 5 6 5 6 27 6 21
J Matt Albright   6 6 5 7 7 31 7 24
J Colin Swick   7 9 7 6 8 37 9 28
J Tad Wenzel   8 9 8 8 8 41 9 32
                       
Overall First Name Last Name Sail # Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total 1st Throw Final
F Dale Cook US 18 0.75 0.75 0.75 3 2 7.25 3 4.25
MF Bruce Peterson CAN 21 2 2 2 0.75 0.75 7.5 2 5.5
MF Steve Sylvester S 3 5 3 3 2 3 16 5 11
F Andreas Macke G 42 3 4 9 6 4 26 9 17
MF Chenda Herstus IHI 6 5 7 32 5 55 32 23
MF David Kashy VA 9 7 9 6 4 6 32 9 23
MF Tinho Dornellas USA P2 9 10 5 7 12 43 12 31
MF Don Wagner D1 13 7 11 8 32 71 32 39
MF Jan Hoogland JH 1 15 13 8 8 14 58 15 43
MF Mark Dix Z 245 17 12 17 10 9 65 17 48
P Pepi Gerald P 51 14 11 13 14 11 63 14 49
MF David Lassila 196 32 16 10 11 13 82 32 50
MF Joseph Wyatt W5 15 14 16 12 15 72 16 56
MF Rob Mulder CAN 515 4 6 18 32 32 92 32 60
MF Gary Peer US 008 32 15 22 15 10 94 32 62
MF Jose Gruart 3232 11 17 4 32 32 96 32 64
P Mark Luscher NW28 32 18 14 17 17 98 32 66
MF Bob Rueter 41 18 19 21 18 18 94 21 73
P Nathaniel Siddall N 19 21 15 22 20 97 22 75
F Eric Sinclair CAN 202 32 32 32 5 8 109 32 77
F Louis Lafreniere US 1420 12 32 20 13 32 109 32 77
MF Brian MacDougall 969 8 8 32 32 32 112 32 80
MF Brian Schurton JAM 1 10 32 32 32 7 113 32 81
MF Tony Locsei 4275 20 32 12 19 32 115 32 83
F Jay Salzman US 221 32 32 32 21 19 136 32 104
MF Bob Schroeder US 303 32 20 32 32 32 148 32 116
MF Rick Martin UAS 19 32 32 32 20 32 148 32 116
MF Mike Houston 928 32 32 32 32 32 160 32 128
F Alex Ioamide US 51 32 32 32 32 32 160 32 128
F Brian Fukuda WA 777 32 32 32 32 32 160 32 128
                       

Last Updated on 8/14/02
By Jean Rathle