`Honking’ winds spice up annual Ruedi regatta | AspenTimes.com

`Honking’ winds spice up annual Ruedi regatta

Tim Mutrie

More than 45 sail boats and crew competed in the Aspen Yacht Club’s 32nd Annual Open Regatta held over the weekend at Ruedi Reservoir, above Basalt.

Six sailing classes – Santana 20, PHRF (handicapped), Laser, Fireball, C-15 and open centerboard – raced in individual heats at Ruedi on Saturday and Sunday.

“It was honking pretty good Saturday,” said Margot Pendleton, the race organizer who also took second place in the PHRF division. “It was a full blown regatta, with all day racing. We had three races on Saturday, and we only could get one off on Sunday because the wind died. But Saturday, there was lots of winds, it was great.”

The S.A.I.L.-sanctioned (Sailing Association of Intermountain Lakes) race drew sailors from all over Colorado, including several racers who have competed in the annual regatta for several years.

“Some of the sailors have been coming to the regatta for a long time,” Pendleton said. “A guy named Bill Miller, a fireball sailor, he’s 76 years old and he still competes on the national level – he placed second in that division.”

“Bill Miller’s been coming to Ruedi probably since we started the regatta,” she continued, “and Don Sheeley of Aspen has been sailing in the regatta for a long time too.”

Piloting a Sunfish, Sheeley placed third in the open centerboard class.

“We had 46 boats, and that’s a pretty good turnout,” Pendleton said. “But I hope to get it up to 60 in a couple years, though that’s about all we can handle.”

Pendleton said the Aspen Yacht Club holds races every Sunday at noon, through September, as well as the club regatta in mid-August. Those races are closed to the public, she said, though sailors are always looking for able crew. For information, call Pendleton at 925-6972.

Racing results from each class are listed below, beginning with the top finishers.

Fireball: Mary Wood, Denver; Bill Miller, Denver; Alan Boeve, Boulder; Jinx Stone, Basalt; Ron Appleton, Byers; Stuart Urban, Denver.

Laser: Barkley Robinson, Steamboat Springs; Curt Robinson, Englewood; Jim Brainard, Los Alamos, NM; Stacey Stroh, Aspen; Tim Seeling, Breckenridge; Maureen Robinson, Englewood; Peter Tamblyn, Golden; Mike McGuire, Aspen; Brent Facchiello, Dillon.

Santana 20’s: Terry Schertz, Conifer; Greg Schertz, Conifer; Raymond McCleery, Denver; Jim Carollo, Golden; Gus Heisman, Denver; Jim Bishop, Highlands Ranch; Bob Biron, Lakewood; Scotty Newcomb, Boulder; Dave Hoover, Lakewood; Mike McKeever, Boulder; B.W. Bilberry, Basalt.

C-15’s: Steve Cornwell, Boulder; David Newton, Longmont; Paul Flangan, Erie; Marge Benning, Denver; Ezra Schweptzer, Littleton.

Open Centerboard: Bill Cabrall (Lighting), Englewood; Woody Woodruff (MC Scow), Denver; Don Sheeley (Sunfish), Aspen; Philip Layne (Hobie 16), Aspen; David Munoz (Buccaneer 18), Lakewood; Linda Brining (Sunfish); Bob Stoller (Lighting), Denver.

PHRF: Terry Burke (S2 7.9), Glenwood Springs; Margot Pendleton (J22), Aspen; Richard Farizel (Wavelength), Basalt; Mary Bogner (Catalina 25), Denver; Ron Gray (J22), Glenwood Springs; Tom Spezia (Cal 21), Snowmass Village; Al Meyers (Star), Aspen.

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