Doug Baxter sailed off the course in 2014 after a battle with cancer. Doug was a life-long sailor (he will be forgiven for his short bout of power boat ownership), enthusiastic racer, and all-around great guy. Doug’s quick smile, hearty laugh, love of the water and attention to detail will be long remembered. The Doug Baxter Memorial Closer is now the last official race on the SPOG calendar, and a last chance for results to secure the season point championship. The Closer is a one day affair with a number of short races with the winner claiming Doug’s Whiskey Jug – what looks like a cream jug stolen from a nice hotel restaurant that Doug used for the water with his single malt.
Don Martin Wins 2019 Doug Baxter Closer
Saturday dawned with rain and calm – everyone’s favourite. However by the time the ferry left and we were able to start the first race, the sky had lifted and there was a light puffy, patchy northerly breeze in Long Harbour. RO Russell Poulston started us off with two short races to U55 (green can) followed by a longer one around U55 and U50 (green can, red can).
The racing was tight and leads changed more than once in all races. In the end the Laser rough scores were all within two points. On the basis of being on the long side of a milestone birthday, Don Martin is the 2019 winner of Doug’ Whiskey Water Jug the followed by Chris Sanderson and Brian Woodward. In the Lightning fleet, Revenuer showed great consistency winning with straight bullets.
Class Name Sail R1 R2 R3 Raw Allowance Total Final
Laser Don 8 3 5 1 9 -6 3 1
Laser Chris 808 2 1 5 8 -3 5 2
Laser Brian 456 1 4 3 8 -3 5 3
Laser Tim 9P 5 3 2 10 -3 7 4
Laser Steve 8216 4 2 4 10 -3 7 5
Laser Russell 6 6 6 18 -6 12 6
Lighting May Revenuer 1 1 1 3 1 4 1