Congratulations to Owen Harrod and crew Hank Seum (W-20) for finishing third overall at the X Blue Chip Regatta held at Cedar Lake Yacht Club, WI August 11-12, 2017. Like all Blue Chip Regattas, this regatta is by invitation only and you have to qualify for it through the following criteria:
- Previous year’s Blue Chip winner
- Quad Lakes Winner
- GLSS 1st and 2nd place finishers
- WYA Regatta 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place finishers
- Minnesota Inter-Lake Regatta Winner
- Oshkosh Extreme 1st and 2nd place finishers
- ILYA Senior Championship 1st through 15th
- ILYA Junior Championship through 5th.
Only 30 competitors are invited each year, so this regatta is truly “the best of the best” in Class X.
All 30 slots were filled in 2017 and competition was fierce. Once again Owen and Hank sailed very consistently with finishes of 7, 11, 4, 6, 5 in the five race series. Their combined score put them in a tie for second place with Nathan Hetzler (D-30) who won the tie-breaker. Chapman Peterson (I-25) won the event for the second year in a row.
In addition to Owen and Hank, two other teams from White Bear qualified this year. Matt Dresen with crew Landon Kruse (W-15) finished 24th overall and had a third place finish in race 3, and Owen Reding and crew Cole Barre finished 27th.
Congratulations to these outstanding young sailors from White Bear and kudos to their instructors and coaches at WBSS.