SHOE Regatta

Lakewood Yacht Club’s Race Committee Chairman Larry Rogers was looking forward to hosting the 34th Annual Shoe Regatta. The regatta was held over the weekend of May 14-15. Bay Access, a not-for-profit organization that supports amateur racing, is the organizing authority of the races. The Shoe Regatta, which is open to the public and raced on Galveston Bay, is a favorite among local racers because, in the past, each crew member of the winning boat in each class was awarded a certificate for a pair of Sperry deck shoes; hence, the name of the event. This year, every crew member of the winning boat of every class received a pair of premium Musto Sailing Shoes with exceptional grip for the serious sailor. The Shoe Regatta is for one-design, handicapped offshore sailboats. The one-design classes sail as many races as conditions permit. On Saturday, the racing was postponed on shore because of no breeze. However, the fleet went out by noon to a light breeze that built quickly to 15 knots (much more than predicted). The J/105s sailed six races.Winning four races on their way to a class win was JB Bednar’s STINGER. No one else came close to that performance. John Barnett’s VICI took second, followed by Uzi Ozeri’s INFINITY in third place. For more Musto SHOE Regatta sailing information, visit http://lakewoodyachtclub.com/regattas-781.html.

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