2023 Infinity 54 National Championship Regatta on 9/18/2023

2023 Infinity 54 National Championship Regatta (NCR)
by John Hancock
Congratulations to Charles Witcher on mastering the light winds to win the 2023 Infinity 54 National Championship regatta after sailing 30 races over the 2-day regatta.

The NCR was held on September 18th and 19th at Bridgeway Lakes in West Sacramento and was the 2nd of 4 NCR's that made up the Sacramento and Elk Grove Model Yacht Club's Sail Week.

The 1st day's winds rarely blew more than 3-4 knots, but we managed to sail 16 races for the 10 racers. At the end of the day, Charles had a sizeable lead over Robert Weaver in 2nd. Brian Thompson, Bruce Anderson, and Lynn Graham rounded out the top 5.
With the aid of a teddy bear hanging upside down from the starting area's canopy, a little more wind arrived for day 2, but still rarely blew above about 4-6 knots. We sailed another 14 heats as Charles continued his winning ways, with the top four boats retaining their position. Gene Novak had a much better day and moved himself up to 5th place.

Volunteering and assisting were John Hancock as the Sail Week leader, Mark Erdrich as the Race Director. Bob Eger, Rick Pomeroy, and Colleen Ellis took care of scoring. Mark Observers were Neal Richmond, Doug Wilkinson, and Greg Fletcher. Food and water were taken care of by Cheryl Novak, Ginger Robinson, and Dan Robinson. Special thanks to Bob Buckley for making and donating the trophies.

Summary of the 2023 Infinity 54 NCR, Gold Chevrons
Date: September 18 & 29 2023
Location: Bridgeway Lakes, West Sacramento, CA
Host Clubs: Sacramento Model Yacht Club & Elk Grove Model Yacht Club
Entries: 10
Winds: 0-6 knots
Races Completed: 30
Scoring: Single Fleet Low Point, 6 throw-outs
Regatta Committee: John Hancock: Event Organizer; Mark Erdrich: Race Director; Bob Eger, Rick Pomeroy, Colleen Ellis: Scoring; Neal Richmond, Doug Wilkinson, Greg Fletcher: Mark Observers; Cheryl Novak, Ginger Robinson, Dan Robinson: Food & Water; Bob Buckley: Made and donated trophies.

2023 Infinity 54 National Championship Regatta Results
Place Skipper Points

1 Charles Witcher 35
2 Robert Weaver 74
3 Bruce Anderson 88
4 Brian Thompson 92
5 Gene Novak 106
6 Lynn Graham 119
7 Paul Brown 121
8 John Hancock 158
9 Steve Vaczovsky 162
10 Scott Woodward 185
Race Results for 2023 Infinity 54 National Championship Regatta
Type  Place  Skipper Sail#  Points  City  St  Home Club 
Single 1 Charles Witcher  (Charles) 32 35 Sacramento CA SACRAMENTO MODEL YACHT CLUB
Single 2 Robert Weaver  25 74 San Francisco CA San Francisco Model Yacht Club
Single 3 Bruce Andersen  17 88 Boise ID FAMOUS POTATOES SAILING CLUB
Single 4 Brian Thompson  54 92 West Sacramento CA SACRAMENTO MODEL YACHT CLUB
Single 5 Gene Novak  151 106 Fair Oaks CA SACRAMENTO MODEL YACHT CLUB
Single 6 Lynn Graham  153 119 El Dorado Hills CA SACRAMENTO MODEL YACHT CLUB
Single 7 Paul Brown  1500 121 Wilton CA SAN DIEGO ARGONAUTS
Single 8 John Hancock  86 158 Gold River CA SACRAMENTO MODEL YACHT CLUB
Single 9 Steve Vaczovsky  62 162 Elk Grove CA SACRAMENTO MODEL YACHT CLUB
Single 10 Scott Woodward  (Scott ) 101 185 Elk Grove CA  
Single 99 Ron Anderson  82 0 Novato CA San Francisco Model Yacht Club
Single 99 Rene Green  7 0 Sacramento CA SACRAMENTO MODEL YACHT CLUB
Single 99 Robert Eger  (Bob) 75 0 Roseville CA SACRAMENTO MODEL YACHT CLUB