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10th Annual 2011 Kettle Cup Regatta
 
 

Central Florida's Lake Monroe Sailing Association staged the 10th annual Kettle Cup, benefiting the Salvation Army ($1500) December 3-4, 2011. Six Raiders of various configurations signed up. However builder Mark Johannsen's crew had to drop out, so Mark sailed with designer John Drawe. Harry Stapor was there, sailing his original carbon spar Raider Sport in fresh water for the first time. Tom Janesko sailed with jib but no spinnaker, as did Drawe. Patrick Hopp from Northeast Georgia sailed Joe Waters' full-on Raider Turbo, as did Dave Ellis of Tampa Bay.

Saturday it was windy with short, steep chop. Drawe/Johannsen got to the first mark in the lead, along with an SR-21 Max, but Drawe forgot the offset mark, so had to go back, giving the race to Ellis. Tom also did very well in the fleet, but realized that he had missed the offset on the first rounding, so dropped out, as a good sporting gesture. The second and third races were the same strong conditions. Some decided to pack it in, but the Raiders that raced did well. Sunday started much lighter at race time. It was enough for the Turbos to have to hike, but not so much Harry on the original Raider. In the lighter stuff, even with handicaps for each Raider configuration, the Turbo with spinnaker was far ahead, not far behind the SR-21 Max that rates nearly ten-percent faster. Finally, in the last race the wind picked up to nearly identical to Saturday's conditions. Harry won among the Raiders with the SR-21 Max easily saving his time. Harry was only 45 seconds behind Ellis' Turbo after a forty-minute race.

The difference was the result of an experiment that had been planned before the regatta. Ellis sailed with Melbourne, Florida sailor Jennifer Hobbs on Saturday but sailed single handed Sunday. The last race Sunday, being the same conditions, categorically proved that the Raider Turbo with jib is faster in breeze with crew. (All up crew weight about 325#) After handicaps were applied the Raider Turbo of Dave Ellis won with four firsts and a third in the final race. The SR-21 Max sport boat was second with Harry third. Ask John Drawe, who also sailed alone on Sunday, about the hiking straps coming undone in the last race. Yes, the water gets cold in Florida, too!

 
 
 
 
11th Annual 2012 Kettle Cup Regatta
 

Lake Monroe located at Sanford, FL. was the site of the Raider East Coast Fall Championship. Seven Raider skippers joined in with 36 other boats for the Lake Monroe Sailing Association (LMSA) sponsored 11th Annual Kettle Cup Regatta.

The weather for the entire regatta was in the low 70’s, with the wind making an occasional appearance on Saturday allowing only one race to be run. But in this one race, the Raider division experienced a full spectrum of weather conditions. The wind died shortly after Dave crossed the finish line and before Harry finished. An hour later the last Raider finished.

There were two classes of Raiders competing together (Raider I Sports and Raider II Turbos) and the Portsmouth handicap numbers were used for scoring.Although only the Raider II Turbos (#107, #109 and #116) actually employed spinnakers, no “rating adjustment” was employed to differentiate the Raider II Sports (# 106 and #114, that were not equipped with spinnakers) from the Raider II Turbos (Portsmouth Rating of 89.1).Further, no “rating adjustment” was employed over the “Basic” Raider I Sport Portsmouth Rating (91.4 for a vessel equipped with both Main and Spinnaker) to account for the fact than neither of the Raider I Sports (#35 and #41) used a spinnaker.

With no reaching legs and light winds, the apparent advantage a vessel equipped with an asymmetrical spinnaker enjoys over a similar vessel without a spinnaker is almost totally mitigated--especially as the individual legs are short so that an appreciable amount of time on each downwind leg is spent launching and recovering the chute.

The difference was the result of an experiment that had been planned before the regatta Ellis sailed with Melbourne, Florida sailor Jennifer Hobbs on Saturday but sailed single handed Sunday. The last race Sunday, being the same conditions, categorically proved that the Raider Turbo with jib is faster in breeze with crew. (All up crew weight about 325#) After handicaps were applied the Raider Turbo of Dave Ellis won with four firsts and a third in the final race. The SR-21 Max sport boat was second with Harry third. Ask John Drawe, who also sailed alone on Sunday, about the hiking straps coming undone in the last race. Yes, the water gets cold in Florida, too!

Sunday after a delayed start the wind filled in enough for the race committee to get off the second race in about the same conditions as Saturday.Drawe (#114) in his new dark green hulled Raider II Sport took line honors ahead of Ellis (who forgot to check his board for clumps of hyacinths) and corrected over Stapor.

Race three added a little more excitement as the wind kicked up a couple more knots with Ellis taking an early lead.Just as he was approaching the downwind finish the wind came on strong from behind. This brought up Stapor, who got the new puff first, to correct over Ellis (by 12 seconds) and Drawe (by 18 seconds).However, Ellis took line honors again with Drawe five seconds (uncorrected elapsed) behind to take third."Boat-for-Boat”, Stapor was 35 seconds (uncorrected elapsed) behind Ellis.

Race Four Ellis executed the correct tactical strategy by starting in front and staying there.The wind stayed up and Ellis finished almost two minutes ahead of Stapor. Drawe hit a turning mark and finished 10 seconds behind Stapor for third.  Jerry Butz and daughter Dana, sailing the Raider for the first time, finished a commendable fourth.

LMSA provided a very good Saturday night meal plus a silent nautical auction and social sailors gathering on both Saturday evening and again on Sunday afternoon.A great time was had by all. Why not plan to come and join in the fun next year?

Abridged from the account of Harry Stapor Sail # 41

 
 
 
 
 
2013 Sanford Fall Regatta
 


Fair and sunny skies were provided for the 2013 Lake Monroe Fall Regatta.

Winds on Saturday blew 5 to 7 for the most part, which did not allow much planing to be done in the open planing class. Sunday’s weather was just as bright but with less wind in the final two of the five races

Duncan Mackenzie sailing consistently in his Raider Sport #77 was the overall class winner finishing each race in first or second place.

Congratulations Duncan!

   
 
 
“Green Machine” wins at 2013 Kettle Cup

Dec. 8, 2013

The 12th annual Kettle Cup Regatta was sailed at Lake Monroe in Sanford Fl.
Lake Monroe is the home of the once famous Red Lobster Cup and Orange Bowl Regatta where over 500 sailors competed in the 90’s.

Saturday’s races started in a light breeze but were cancelled due to lack of wind after abandoning the first race.  Sunday however the wind filled in nicely with the breeze in the 6 to 10 knot range allowing 4 races to be started before the 2 PM cut off time.

In the Open Plane-ing class the striking dark green hulled Raider II Sport skippered by John Drawe narrowly won the class over a Buccaneer 18.
Raider Sport skipper Duncan Mackenzie who was a recent winner here at Lake Monroe won third place.

The clouds, sunshine, temps in the low 80’s and breezes made for a near perfect sailing Sunday. The Lake Monroe Sailing Club put on their usual fine dinner on Saturday night with a generous raffle afterward. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Salvation Army.

 

 
 
 

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