Greg Slakov and Bill Cote Post Wins in the 2021 Round the Isles Opener
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021
With Covid protocols halting travel from the mainland, a small number of Saltspring based SPOGgers had a great day out in hot, sunny weather. Starting around noon after the ferry left, 6 Lasers (some silly fools try to tell me it is now called the ILNA Dinghy) and 1 Lightning took to the harbour in almost no wind.
The first race was a longish race around Clamshell Island (twice) and some other bits. But the tide was too low for the traditional portage across the sandbar at Fisherman’s Island. After beers and another ferry, the fleet again went out in no wind for a shorter slog. With no wind and a flooding tide, snakes and ladders were the order of the day with sure-winners turning into back-of-the-fleeters, then looking golden again.
With the first race worth 2 points, Greg Slakov posted a 2nd and 1st to beat Tim Slaney’s 3 and 5 and Steve White’s 4 and 2. Jeremy Baxter actually had a 1 and 3, but had to deal with the handicap for those SPOGgers in Training waiting for their 50th birthday.
Bill Cote and his crew aboard Azzuro beat off all comers in the Lightning fleet and posted 2 1st place finishes.
Name, Race 1, Race 2, SPOG Handicap, Total
Slakov 2 1 – 0 = 5
Slaney 3 5 = 11 – 4 = 7
White 4 2 = 10 – 2 = 8
Baxter 1 3 = 5 + 6 =11
Sanderson 5 6 = 16 – 4 = 12
Ballantyne 6 4 = 16 – 2 = 14
Azzuro/Cote 1 1 = 3