US12 NCR on 4/1/2023

2023 US12 National Championship Regatta (NCR)
By Ron Stephanz

Sun Coast Model Sailing Club hosted the 2023 US12 National Championship in Punta Gorda, FL on April 1, 2023. Originally scheduled to be a two day regatta, limited entries allowed the entire fleet to race together. It was decided to shorten the regatta to just one day (with refund of half the entry fee).The weather cooperated giving us winds ranging from 5-14mph allowing for 20 races.

Kurt Martin won the regatta by one point, beating out Don Ouimette. Coming in third was Calvin Obara. Close racing was the order of the day. Kurt started out slowly. It wasn't until the ninth race he recorded his first bullet. He sailed extremely well the rest of the way for his narrow victory. Congratulations Kurt! Don Ouimette sailed consistently well, with only a 6th and a 5th for his two throw-outs. Calvin Obara started out hot but showed signs of fatigue later in the day. 20 races will do that to you.

These graceful yachts provide extremely competitive racing. They are not as nimble as some of the other classes but they do provide the momentum necessary to shoot the windward mark when needed. Weeds do not prevent these full keel boats from sailing.

A hearty "Thank You" goes out to the numerous SCMSC volunteers for their efforts that made this a successful regatta. Everything from mark watchers, finish recorders, rescue boat and food presentation allowing the skippers the opportunity to concentrate on racing. The race management was handled skillfully by Chad Kasten and the Sun Coast crew including Dave Petersen, Dick Anderson, Phil Sanders and Slip Newfield.

Summary of 2023 US12 NCR, Gold Chevrons
Date: April 1, 2023
Location: Punta Gorda, FL
Host Club: Sun Coast Model Sailing Club
# of Entries: 11
Winds: 5-14mph with sporadic gusts to 18
Races Completed: 20
Scoring System: Low Point System
Regatta Committee & Valuable Assistants: Chad Kasten RD; Dave Petersen Starter; Paul Newfield Scorer; Pauline Lacroix Breakfast and Lunches; Dick Anderson Rescue; and other SCMSC volunteers.
Race Results for US12 NCR
Type  Place  Skipper Sail#  Points  City  St  Home Club 
Single 1 Kurt Martin  104 50 Fort Myers FL  
Single 2 Donald Ouimette  (Don) 144 51 Plantsville CT HOUSATONIC MODEL YACHT CLUB
Single 3 Calvin Obara  123 69 St. Petersburg FL SUN COAST MODEL SAILING CLUB
Single 4 Tony Burkhart  14 72 Punta Gorda FL EDISON MODEL SAILING CLUB
Single 5 Arthur Hawes  35 87 Englewood FL EDISON MODEL SAILING CLUB
Single 6 Richard Maiese  32 95 Port Charlotte FL ENGLEWOOD MODEL SAILING CLUB
Single 7 Rama Challen  (Carter) 72 115 Port Charlotte FL SUN COAST MODEL SAILING CLUB
Single 8 Ronald Stephanz  (Ron) 127 135 Rotonda West FL SUN COAST MODEL SAILING CLUB
Single 9 Philip Tonks  74 150 Punta Gorda FL SUN COAST MODEL SAILING CLUB
Single 10 Jim Lavelle  5 177 North Fort Myers FL SUN COAST MODEL SAILING CLUB
Single 11 Nick King  88 190 Punta Gorda FL SUN COAST MODEL SAILING CLUB
Single 99 George Balaschak  222 999 Palm Bch Garden FL Palm Beach Gardens Model Yacht Squadron
Single 99 Jack Ward  8 999 Punta Gorda FL EDISON MODEL SAILING CLUB