A big thank you to all the sailors who participated in the 16th Annual Senator Bob Hooper Hospice House 2015 Regatta. It was a wonderful event, and the sail race was arguably the best part of the evening. The weather was good to us, and the fifteen participating boats created a lovely sight from shore. Lots of party goers asked about the HDGYC and racing, and the view of the start and finish line from the party tents couldn’t have been better. The Memorial Parade of Sails prior to the race was impressive, and the families who came were quite touched. We flew 16 memorial burgees on the race boats, with even some sailors purchasing a burgee in memory of a family member or friend. Betty Caffo announced the boat name, skipper and name on each burgee from shore, and was joined by Vice Commodore and Race Chair, John Flanigan, who provided great race commentary. He may have drummed up some “business” for the Club, too.
We should all say a word of thanks to Jim Albert and his crew of Pat and Bill Johnson from the Lightning fleet for taking on the job of Race Committee. Jim works very hard to accommodate both racers and spectators at this important fundraising event. The course that took boats down to the green “E” buoy and used a drop mark off the party area for the start and finish line resulted in a good view of the entire fleet from the tent.
If you haven’t heard, Garrett Pensell and his crew of Heidi Pensell, took first place overall on his J-22 and qualified for the National Hospice Regatta in Galveston, TX. First place in Daysailers went to Tom Compton, while E Street Shuffle, skippered by Rick Hanson, took 2nd. Adam Sheets accepted the 1st place trophy for Skipper Chuck Sheets’ Bad Habit in the J-24 class, and 2nd place was won by Woody Brumfield on Uncle Wiggley’s Airship. First place in the Cruising class went to Bob Bossoli on Vela, with 2nd place going to David Arty on Mare Calmo. For the Non-Spin class, Garrett Pensell secured 1st place, and George Tudor on Flapdoodle took 2nd place. Compete results can be reviewed HERE.
Volunteers make this event happen, and for the HDGYC, members Janet and Paul Carrick, along with Nanci Hamilton and Nanette Narvesen, gave of their time to make sure things went smoothly. Dinner was quite tasty and provided (as a donation) by Texas Roadhouse. All proceeds from the Regatta support end-of-life care at the Hooper Hospice House in Forest Hill, MD.