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.
Woodward Has Gorgeous Performance on Gorgeous Day
A wonderful fall day greeted the 10 hearty SPOGgers who came out to compete in the final event of the season. Plenty of sunshine, some warmth to the day and just enough wind to get 3 races off.
With the Race Committee consisting of Bill Cote and Ian Tacy firmly planted in their comfy chairs on the Committee Boat, the fleet had to make do with marks already out in Long Harbour for a race course. The first race was an endurance contest as zephyrs came and went over the longish course to the green can and back. The second race was a downwind with all 10 boats arriving at McKays at the same time – a few pleasantries were exchanged during the mark rounding.
The fleet had lunch and beer while waiting for the ferry and watching with dismay as the wind packs its suitcase and left. But it was decided there were enough puffs to try one more race that pretty much ended in a reach there and back for the leaders (while the rest had to tend with fickle shifts).
Brian Woodward posted a 1-3-1, which was enough to beat Allan Strain’s 4-2-3 and cover the age point advantage. Brian wins his 2nd event of the year and takes Doug’s Whisky Water Jug for 2018.
Thanks to Jean Panepinto for all the photos in 2018!