By Bob Greer
Palm Beach Gardens Model Yacht Squadron was honored to host the Region 7 Soling 1 Meter regatta on April 13 & 14 2019. Twenty skippers from all over the state were registered and we started with 20 on the start line. We are lucky to have a large lake and we sailed as 1 fleet. The winds from the southeast allowed us to set a good beat and there was opportunity to find passing lanes if one looked.
Racing on Saturday was dominated by Tony Gonsalves, followed by George Balaschak, Chuck Millican and Chris Wright. A collegial dinner at JJ Muggs in Abacoa was enjoyed by many Saturday evening.
Sunday offered a bit more wind, 15 knots, more southerly allowing for even LONGER beats! The increased wind increased breakage but resourceful and helpful skippers kept the fleet moving and we completed 24 races. There was some juggling of the top on the final day but Tony Gonsalves dominated the fleet, followed by Jim Child, Chuck Millican, George Balaschak, and Chris Wright.
Summary of 2019 Soling 1 Meter Region 7 Regatta.
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
Host Club: Palm Beach Gardens MYS #94
Scoring: Low point with 4 throw-outs
The crew: Organizer: George Balaschak, RD: Doc Greer, Scorer: John Biles with Michelle Wright, Gail Ring, Ken Harmon and Rafael Roure, Rescue: Carl Ring,Lunch: Ann Gelina and others and Chet Brewer & our Commodore Ernan Scavella, for the heavy lifting.
Not sailing Sunday: Al Stall, Ed Gelina, Chester Brewer