The Anacortes Yacht Club, the Port of Anacortes and the City of Anacortes put Fidalgo Bay on the chart as a great place for sailing when 28 Lido 14’s came to town to compete in the 55th Annual Lido 14 Championship Regatta during the week of July 23-27, 2012. Practice races were conducted on Monday the 23rd to give all a flavor of sailing on the big bay. Tuesday was the qualifiers splitting the fleet into the traditional Gold and Silver Flights, 14 boats in each. Wednesday and Thursday, 25 and 26 were the Sr. Nationals with Friday July 27 set aside for the Women’s Nationals.
The wind on Wednesday allowed PRO Fred Ableman to get off four good races. It also was the day that Dick Rose, Chair of the ISAF Rules Committee, flew in from heading the protest committee at the Chicago Mac Race. He performed the same function for this year’s Lido Nationals. There was not a single protest filed in this year’s events as all disagreements were solved on the water. The usually reliable westerly did not fill on Thursday so the Senior Championship rested on the results of Wednesday’s four races. Jerry Thompson and Mandy Smith, ABYC, won the Gold Flight with Mark and Kathy Sandifer, Willamette Sailing Club and Steve and Ann Schpak, Newport Beach, in third. The winner of the Gold Flight is invited to US Sailing’s Championship of Champions. The top three Gold Flight boats sailed with Ullman Sails.
Ron and Nicole Runyan, also from Willamette, won the Silver Flight. Tony and Catheryn Billera of Langley, WA were second in the Silver Flight followed by Matt and Maggie Nolan of Seattle in third. The Salmon Barbecue with including oysters, salads and local Lopez Island Creamery ice cream dessert almost delayed the awards presentation with sailors heading for seconds.
“I think the women had a perfect Fidalgo Bay day as far as wind strength,” said regatta Chairman Steve Orsini of Friday’s women’s championship regatta. The wind was a steady 13-15 mph for the six teams. The fifth and final race went to the team of Mandy Smith and Amanda Wayne breaking a two/two tie with Terry Johnson/Stephanie Carroll. The team of Alexis Orsini and Ginger Orsini were third. The women were beaming at their awards ceremony complaining of sore abs but saying they got the best weather day of the week. All the approximately 75 people who made up the two-person crews, family and other supporters went away pleased with the regattas — how they were run, the venue and the people, Orsini said,.“We had just great community support right from the mayor on down,” he said. “Anacortes Yacht Club did a superior job.”