Burl Harmon Memorial Indiana Open Regatta
Indianapolis Sailing Club – Fleet 270
Indianapolis, Indiana
May 6–7, 2017
Pos Sail# Skipper/Crew Fleet Home R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total
1 15172 James Taylor
Carl Taylor, George Auel
303 COWAN, OH 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 8
2 15309 Brad Wagnon
Bryon Bohler, John McCain
154 SYRACUSE, IN 5 2 5 2 1 2 4 4 20
3 11537 MikeThomas
Bill Thomas, John O'Brien
303 COWAN, OH 4 6 2 4 5 6 2 1 24
4 15213 Jeff Schmahl
Andrew Schmahl, Sam Russell
154 SYRACUSE, IN 2 3 6 6 3 3 6 6 29
5 15430 Amanda Hofmeister
Maureen Ferries, John McCree
216 NASHVILLE, TN 8 4 7 3 4 5 3 3 29
6 13721 Pete McGinity
Joe Lutz, Autumn Peirce
270 INDIANAPOLIS, IN 3 5 4 5 6 4 5 7 32
7 14359 Mike Franceschini
Jay Levy, Mark Aronson
270 INDIANAPOLIS, IN 6 7 3 DNF DNC 8 7 5 46
8 14020 Frank Wilder
Jerry Sentman, Phil Buehler
270 INDIANAPOLIS, IN 7 8 8 7 7 7 8 8 52
9 14537 Steve Tinsley
Chris Hayes, Zhi Zhu
270 INDIANAPOLIS, IN DNF 9 DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 69


55th Annual Burl Harmon Indiana Open Regatta

As the sailors gathered on Saturday morning at the Indianapolis Sailing Club, the weather seemed more like March than May. A week of rain had stopped but the skies were still very gray and very windy. Our relatively small Geist Lake is better known for shifty, light breezes but not this weeknd. On Saturday, the wind was from the northwest at 12-16 with gusts to 20 mph.

Race Chairman Paul White with two helpers set a windward- leeward course which was relatively short because of the narrow  configuration of the Lake when winds are from the north. Although we had two capsizes during the afternoon among the nine competing boats, five races were completed before the jolly but cold sailors headed for the very close-by Clubhouse.

James Taylor, assisted by his son Carl and other regular crew George Auel, just tore the fleet apart with four wins and a second place on Saturday making it near impossible for any other crew to catch them on Sunday morning.

At the time of registration on Saturday morning, skippers & crews were offered a raffle slip with the name of one of the 20 horses running in the Derby at 6:45 p.m. with the sailor having the winning horse receiving a bottle of Kentucky bourbon.  Rather unkindly, Pete McGinity, the IN District Commodore and a member of home Fleet 270 had the horse that won the race, giving him the bourbon! )

Once the boats were stored for the night after Saturday racing, all enjoyed a social hour and watching  the Kentucky Derby before dinner  prepared by a Fleet 270 member Steve Tinsley and his kitchen crew.

On Sunday morning, while the temperature was still cold for May, the breeze continued from the north but only blowing in the range of 8 to 15. By starting the first race on the same course at 9:25 a.m., the Race Committee was able to complete three more races by noon. However, no other boat & crew were able to catch James Taylor & his crew as they put together a 1-1-2 for a final score of 8 compared with Brad Wagnon, Byron Bohler & John McCain in 2nd place with 20. All the competitors were happy to get in eight races during a weekend regatta because it doesn’t happen often and get sailing in the 2017 season.

After lunch and the award ceremony, all headed home following a surprisingly rigorous start for the 2017 racing season in the Midwest. Our thanks to all the competitors for coming on over to Central Indiana!  All Lightning sailors are welcome to visit next year when the 56th Regatta will be held on May 5th & 6th 2018.

Ken McGinity