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2017 WFORC overall winning crew. From left: Dan Peckham, Jupiter, FL; Rives Allen, Mandeville, LA; PYC’s Vice Commodore Linda Brent; skipper John Guy, Thomasville, GA/Panama City, FL; Billy Ross, Mandeville, LA; James “Pee Wee” Chason, Pensacola, FL; John Tribaldos, Panama City, FL; and Alex Johnson, Panama City, FL. Photo by Julie B. Connerley.

offer something for everyone. “It provides an option for those who aren’t equipped for three days of racing; for those who don’t perform well in W-L buoy races, and for those who harken back to the earlier WFORC days when the series actually included offshore racing,” Oerting explained. Clinton Edwards (Gulfport), the Gulf Yachting

Association’s Race Management Committee chair, was Principal Race Officer (PRO) for Friday’s three races. PRO for Saturday’s distance Ocean Race and the final two races on Sunday was PYC’s Richard Brent. With six races completed, competitors were allowed to drop one race score. Class awards for first place were presented after Day 1 and Day 2. On Sunday, class awards were awarded for first, second, and third overall. But a familiar name was called to accept the coveted Dr. Lindsay Riddle Trophy for the most competitive PHRF class. John Guy of Saint Andrews Bay YC, skippering his J/90 Hot Toddy, accepted the perpetual trophy for a record seven times. And, for the first time, he also won the Commodore Ronald F. Richards Memorial Trophy for overall winner, Spinnaker Class A, corrected time. Guy was understandably a little overwhelmed. He told the crowd that he considers Pensacola his second home and vacations here every year in anticipation of WFORC. He graciously thanked long time Pensacola sailors Hunter Riddle (son of the late Dr. Riddle) and Rick Zern for having “taught me how to sail.” But the real kudos went to his crew. “This sport, he said, “runs on people and money. The better people you have, the better you can do.” For a complete listing of winners for both WFORC and the WFORC Ocean Race, visit regattanetwork.com.

2017 Buzzelli Multihull Rendezvous and Stiletto Nationals, Sarasota, FL, Oct. 20-22 By Charlie Clifton Cover Photo: Anna Millbourn and crew of Sarasota Youth Sailing onboard their Falcon F16 in windy conditions in the Buzzelli Multihull Regatta. Photo by Jesse Brunsvold.

Breezy, blustery conditions provided a perfect setting for 44 boats at the 2017 Buzzelli Multihull Rendezvous hosted by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. The regatta incorporated the 38th Stilletto Nationals, a large gathering of Corsairs and a tune-up for world-class F18 sailors on their way to the Cata Cup in St. Barth Nov. 3. On Friday, the larger boats raced a 25.5-mile course in the Gulf. Jon Dowd and Tom Moreno sailing the Stiletto 27, Iguana, covered the distance in 1 hour 51 minutes for first overall. Bob Neff and Valdek Kwasniewski bested the

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A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...