2018-09-08 / News

Thunderstorms Complicate 2018 Season’s Final Yacht Race


Under a gloomy sky Saturday, September 1, the fleet heads out on a race around Mackinac Island for the 2018 Horn’s Bar Labor Day Regatta. From left are Panache, Wild Honey, Family Dock, and Hot Sheet. (Photograph by Jeff Dupre) Under a gloomy sky Saturday, September 1, the fleet heads out on a race around Mackinac Island for the 2018 Horn’s Bar Labor Day Regatta. From left are Panache, Wild Honey, Family Dock, and Hot Sheet. (Photograph by Jeff Dupre) The 2018 Horn’s Bar Labor Day Regatta was a challenging race in the rain Saturday, September 1, as eight competitors sailed around the Island.

“We sailed through a real menagerie of weather,” said Mackinac Island Yacht Club race coordinator David Rowe.

A thunderstorm hit as the race began and the rain lasted for about half the distance. The wind lessened for the some of the fleet, providing different conditions.

“It couldn’t have rained any harder,” Mr. Rowe said, “but it really didn’t matter. Everyone had a great time.”

Dave Berger of 50 Free won the race with a corrected time of 1:23:51. Mark Nerumann of Family Dock placed second, finishing with a corrected time of 1:58:54. Mr. Rowe and his crew finished third on Wild Honey with a corrected time of 2:16:12.

Placing fourth was Mark Chambers on Windermere with a corrected time of 2:17:31. Brandon Lawon finished fifth on Hot Sheet, with a corrected time of 2:26:26. Todd Meisel and Panache finished sixth with a corrected time of 2:29:46.

Two competitors did not finish the race, Thom Hadfield on 46 North and Mark Bearss on Katura.

The Horn’s Bar Labor Day Regatta is the last sailboat race of the season. Overall, the Island races have experienced good weather this year, Mr. Rowe said.

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