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Oriental Cup Regatta - 2017
29th Oriental Cup Regatta returns to Oriental
September 18, 2017
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ighteen boats competed in the 29th Oriental Cup Regatta. Frazer, Weinheimer, Michne, and Valinoti got the first place finishes.

Sandwiched between the departing Hurricane Irma and potential storms Jose and Maria, the weather for the race had winds between 5 – 15 mph. A non-sanctioned race, the Oriental Cup is held annually to raise money for the Bill Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Dinner and dancing were also part of the three day event. Local band Saltwater Gold and duo Scearce and Ketner provided music for attendees while dinner was provided by The Toucan Grill. Awards were presented to regatta winners on Sunday morning.

Eighteen vessels competed in four classes.

Spinnaker A Division
1st Oriental Express Henry Frazer
2nd Loon Todd Cox
3rd Nevermoore Brian Brown

Spinnaker B Division
1st Deuces Wild Mark Weinheimer
2nd Blue Cricket Joe Mattea
3rd Katie Ann Ashley Cowan

Jam A Division
1st Nova Carina Beth Michne
2nd Vector Manfred Rott
3rd Spirit Sherri Homme

Jam B Division
1st Il Gatto Joe Valinoti
2nd Legend Nelda Coats
3rd Quixotic John Coombs
4th Cielo Bob Luhrs
5th Mariposa Steve Peters
6th Duende Don Munn
7th Star Chaser Ken Waergle
8th Grace Perry Cheatham
9th PackerTracker Chuck Thompson

Sailboat racing … long periods of relative calm punctuated by brief moments of adrenaline.
Spinnakers add color to the racing field.
Approaching a mark.
The crew makes ready to round the mark.
The Nevermoore makes the turn.
Star Chaser heads for the next mark.
Henry Frazer’s Etchells, Oriental Express, took first place in its class.
Joe Mattea’s Blue Cricket crosses the finish line.
Deuces Wild
Mark Weinheimer’s Deuces Wild. (Photo courtesy of Matt McCotter.)

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Posted Monday September 18, 2017 by Ben Casey

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