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Sarah Deeds of Berkeley, California, skippered Express 27 Lorax to its fourth consecutive Detroit NOOD win and the classís Great Lakes Championship. Lorax came back from being down 5 points on day one due to a broken jib halyard, picked up 2 points on second place finisher Das Boot on Saturday, and won the regatta with a second and a first on Sunday. Harald Kolterís Das Boot took second with 15 points, a point behind Lorax, and Terry Stuckís Blue Max came on strong with a second and a first on Sunday to take third with 19 points.

Sarah Deeds on Mast. Blue Max by Committee Boat.

Loraxís crew included her brother Paul from Seattle, Brian McCloskey of New York City, Hugh Davis of Burlington, Vermont and Sarahís dad, Ralph Deeds, of Detroit. Sarah and Paul sail in the highly competitive Express 27 and Vanguard 15 fleets in San Francisco. Sarah is a former junior sailor and instructor at Crescent Sail Yacht Club on Lake St Clair. She won the junior national Snipe championship in 1990 at North Cape Yacht Club on Lake Erie

2001 MC Scow National Championship

On the 31st anniversary of this event 75 sailors from eleven states hauled their boats to Strom Thurmond Lake for a grand reunion and championship racing.

Races 1 and 2 were held in moderate breezes on Thursday, May 31st with David Fox and Andy Burdick recording wins. Three races were recorded on Friday in similar winds. Race honors went to Scott Slocum and two for Andy Burdick. Saturday morning showed threatening weather but passed by without harm. The two races were held in stiff winds and building seas. Andy Burdick capped his championship with a win in Race 6, while Ted and Amy Keller claimed Race 7.

Top finisher were as follows:

1) Andy Burdick, Zenda, WI. 
Honor: 1st Pro and Overal Champion 
2) Justin Hood, Spring Lake, MI 
Honor: 1st Amatuer 
3) Scott Slocum, Richardson, TX 
4) Ted keller, Powell, OH 
5) Peter Fox, Noblesville, IN 
6) Jeremy Pape, Flowery Branch, GA 
7) Rick Trester, West Bend, WI 

Honor: 1st Master 
8) John Bates, Rowlett, TX 
9) Tim Fredman, Hartland, WI 
10) David Fox, Spring Lake, MI 
11) Brien Fox, Grand Rapids, MI 
12) Ed Durant, Augusta, GA 
13) Kyle Verplank, Spring Lake, MI 
14) Greg Gearing, Arlington, TX 
15) Jeff Annis, Augusta, GA 
16) Charles Lind, Heath, TX 
Honor: 1st Grand Master 
32) Duane Pierson, Whitehall, MI 
Honor: 1st Ancient Mariner 
61) Robert Protzman, Richardson, TX 
Honor: 1st Junior

2001 Spring Muskegon Yacht Club J 24 Regatta 

Day one of the 2001 J24 Great Lakes Spring Regatta got underway with great sailing conditions all around. 
Race one began with easterly winds 5-15 knots and sunshine. Partway into the second leg, the wind lost velocity and disappeared. Only to reappear a short time later - out of the west. Three horn blasts let the racers know that the race was cancelled and it was time to reset to course and try again. 

The remainder of the day was pretty consistent with breeze from the west, 5-15, with the wind picking up to 10-20 by the start of the last race. Three races were held.


1) Bjurston, J Rabbitte 2) Torresen, Fetzer Valve 3) Noviski, 40 oz. to Freedom 4) Boemer, Alpha Wave 5) Rietema, Addicted 6) VandeVelde 7) Hatch, Salted 8) Grey Slurred, Not Spoken 9) Anderson, Dirty White Boat 10) Baty/Sikkema, Checkmate