SLYC sailors excel at WMYA Regatta

Once again, the mariners of Spring Lake Yacht Club dominated one of the biggest and most prestigious regattas of the season.
Tribune Staff
Aug 27, 2014

The Western Michigan Yachting Association Championship Regatta, held July 29-Aug 2, boasted a total of 162 boats, 39 of which represented SLYC.

Entries hailed from ports from the throughout the Midwest and from as far away as Iowa, Colorado and California.

The event, which rotates yearly among seven host clubs, was held at White Lake Yacht Club in Whitehall. SLYC next hosts the regatta in 2016.

SLYC Commodore Beth Windemuller was thrilled with the club’s large participation at the event and their strong sailing performance.

“The conditions that exist on Spring Lake, including its narrowness and prevailing westerly winds, hone the skills of our sailors, making us very competitive and developing some of the best sailors in the country,” she said.  “Not only am I proud of our racing performance and respectful display of sportsmanship, we take great pride in being such positive representatives of our community as a whole.”  

Seven fleets competed in five races during the event and the one-design boat classes included the E-Scow; C-Scow; MC-Scow; Butterfly; Laser Radial; Laser Standard; Melges 17; and Optimist Pram.

In the E-Scow, SLYC’s Brett Hatton placed third, while Paul Wickland was 12th and William Knape 14th.

SLYC’s Karl Lanka took fifth in the C-Scow race, followed by fellow Spring Lake sailors Beth Windemuller, Nathan James, Ken Achterhof, Grant Stille and Andy Hubbard.

Frank Reeg placed third in the MC-Scow, while Scott Harestad was fifth. Brian and Blake Fox took 11th, followed by Hatton in 14th.

Gary Verplank, Chris Eggert, Jeff Cornetet, Connor Davis, Lara Lanka, Grant James, Josh Vink and Karl Lanka also sailed in the MC-Scow races.

Eric Rantanen won the Butterfly Open class, while in the Butterfly Junior class, Noah Wolters was second and Brant Bolling fifth. Charlie Parker placed sixth, Zoe Czadzeck 10th, Luke Rantanen 18th, Aiden Parker 20th and Claire DeBlanc 23rd.

Rachel Rantanen was fourth out of 10 boats in the Laser Radial class, while Bruce Hansen won the Laser Standard event, followed by Olivia Windemuller in second. Meg Bouman placed 10th, David Wolters 12th, Patrick Reed 13th, Jason Locascio 17th and Julie Lucas 19th.

Olivia Vink took sixth in the Optimist Prams, while Liam Fox was eighth and Clair DeBlanc in 14th.

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