The 2023 Doug Baxter Closer will be held on September 16, 2023. Details to follow.
The Doug Baxter Closer was held early this year as the Old Guys have a phobia about sailing in colder weather. Three races were managed in lighter variable winds (after 3 days of a heavy westerly – go figure). With nothing to separate them but age, Allan Strain and Tom Bradbrooke ended up in a tie for first in the Laser fleet and will share Doug’s Whisky Water Jug Trophy. Despite big improvements in each race, Gordie May’s Revenuer fell short of the mark laid down by Jeremy and Tara Smith aboard Martini in the Lightning fleet.
Sailing in a light and fickle westerly and dealing with a big flood tide, there were numerous position changes and even a couple of swimming sessions that affected the outcome of the races. And Race Committee continually shifted the course around various crab trap buoys to keep racers alert. While young Bradbrooke was clearly a fast sailor, wily Allan Strain used his age handicap and light weight to great advantage to keep it close.
|Sail No.||Division||15.3 Adjust||R 1||R 2||R 3||Raw||Adjusted|
|Number of Races =||3|