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The Harbor Report: It's going to be a great weekend on the water

September 13, 2012|By Len Bose

I cannot tell you how excited and nervous I am about this weekend's Championship Regatta at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. The event will be sailed in Harbor 20s, with the family division taking to the water Saturday and the championships division sailing Sunday.

The family division is all about the photo opportunities, encouraging club members to grab Mom and Dad, go for a sail and spend the day at the yacht club.

BCYC members and nonmembers alike have allowed the club to use their boats for both events. Twelve boats will be in the event, with two round robins of three races to decide who moves on to championships. Eighteen teams have entered the family division and will be competing for the new perpetual trophy donated by Pomeroy family.

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All entries will receive a framed photo of their team, and the team that shows the most sportsmanship will win the prestigious Corinthian medal.

The first flight starts at noon Saturday off of M mark and, weather permitting, will finish in front of BCYC with the winner of the race receiving a cannon blast. If all goes as scheduled, the Family Championships should start about 3 p.m.

Looking over the family enter list, it appears the families to watch for having the most fun is too close to call. My guess is that the Foster, Hawkins, Bacon, Mills and Pickell families are going to have the largest smiles.

Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, the smiles will be replaced with game faces for 22 teams as the first flight of 12 teams heads out to M mark for three races.

The qualifying flights are the hardest part for me. If I can make the cut and make it into the championships, the stress will be lifted and I really won't care how I finish — yeah right!

My mindset at this point is that I know I am going to have a good time because I am sailing with one of my best friends, Dan Rossen. That's right — the kids are back in the house!

With Dan being the Problem Child and me as Only Child, the names of our boats, we got the good times already covered. The competition is no pushover and the entry list reads like a world championship regatta.

One privilege of being our town's harbor columnist is that I am going to throw some bad mojo dust over the fleet by acknowledging the favorites in the paper.

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