46th Desert Regatta2022

Desert Regatta, Lake Sacajewea, Charbonneau Park, May 21-22, 2022

Flying Scot Class

Skipper Boat Colors D-PN Sail # Total Points Place
Ray Peters
Mark Bowden
FS 4887
89.6 4887 19 1st
Paul Newton
FS 4771
Vatican Smoke
89.6 4771 20 2nd
Brian Tyrrell
Jeannie Silvers
FS 5472
and then ...
89.6 5472 21 3rd
Ken Dyer
FS 25
89.6 25 22 4th
Scott Chambers
Dimitri Zarzhitsky
FS 4378
89.6 6001 37 5th
John Landefeld
Connor Hilton
FS 2127
89.6 2127 44 6th

Portsmouth Sloop-Rig Class

Skipper Boat Colors D-PN Sail # Total Points Place
Chuck Bronaugh
Bucaneer 18
86.9 1450 7 1st

Portsmouth Cat-Rig Class

Skipper Boat Colors D-PN Sail # Total Points Place
Ralph Wilson
single handed
91.1 181129 7 1st

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Desert Regatta 2022

Desert Regatta Summary

May 21st and 22nd was the 46th running of the Columbia Basin Sailing Club Desert Regatta. Six Flying Scots and two Portsmouth boats were treated to a beautiful spring weekend of sailing on Lake Sacajawea at Charbonneau Park.

Being the first Desert Regatta held by CBSC since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was wonderful to get back on the water; hearing the luffing of sails as the seconds

counted down to start. The weather could be somewhat challenging. The skies were clear blue and sunny. The winds were light to moderate, and rather variable; blowing mostly from the north, and shifting from the east to the west, then back again. These big shifts made setting a true course difficult, but also made for some very exciting sailing.

On Saturday we sailed five good races on four different courses. The winds being shifty and occasionally gusty, made positioning on the course very important. As the wind came and went and shifted about, it regularly reset the fleets positions. This made for good racing and some very close finishes.

In mid-afternoon as a thunderstorm was building to the southwest, we wrapped up the racing and headed for the park pavilion for an after sailing dinner and party. As the thunderstorm skirted around the park, we enjoying a great Lasagna dinner with a fresh salad and garlic bread, while telling as many tall tales as time would permit. After dinner, the CBSC 2021 perpetual sailing trophies and the Rusty Spike award were presented.

On Sunday the winds were as light and variable as was forecast. We sailed two more races on two different courses, and were finished before a tug and barge made its way towards the locks. At the trophy presentation, it was agreed that this year’s Desert Regatta, was as fun as it was challenging.

I want to thank all the volunteers who gave their time to make this weekend a success. It takes many people to make this event come off. The CBSC members rose to the task and did a great job of making the 2022 Desert Regatta a smooth running weekend of great sailing. Race Committee: Jeff Bartlett

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