PUT-IN-BAY - This vintage Lake Erie island is knee-deep in sailing crews, a welcome change from the Inter-Lake Yachting Association regattas of the past few years.
Approximately 209 boats have registered for the Deepwater feeders and the three-day sailing series, according to race chairman Don Bartels.
``Last year, I think we had 109 entries,'' he said.
Bartels gave credit for the increased participation to ILYA Commodore Dennis Mintus of Ashtabula Yacht Club and Dave Caracci of North Cape Yacht Club.
``Everyone worked hard,'' he said, ``but Commodore Mintus did a big job in getting boats from Buffalo and Caracci brought in boats from Catawba Island.''
Other entries came from as far away as South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
If the race committee did its homework, so did Toledo-area racing crews.
Holy Toledo, co-skippered by Tom Andrews and Clif Vaughan, and Jeff Mackay's Wizard, both from North Cape, placed 1-2 in the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet division's Class B and stood second and third overall in the 48-boat PHRF division.
Holy Toledo finished only six seconds (corrected time) behind Joe Sbrocco's State of Schock, the division and Class A leader in yesterday's race. Jim Davis' Orange Crate took third in Class B.
The PHRF fleet sailed on Course 2, a 15.5-mile route that started west of South Bass Island and rounded Green and Ballast islands. West-to-southwesterly winds were moderate at the start, but became lighter as the morning wore on.
``It was a good race and we had a real good start in nice air'' said Wizard's skipper, Jeff Mackay. ``But we'll have a better chance tomorrow, which probably will be windward-leeward courses. That will be a real challenge.''
Wizard is one of four Evelyn-designed boats in PHRF B.
Jubilate Deo, co-skippered by Jerry Porter and John Stong of North Cape, was the top boat in the 17-boat Jib-and-Main division and JAM Class A.
Jubilate led the entire race, but the last leg - a weather leg going down to the islands where there was a nice breeze - was where she made up her time on the fleet.
``They couldn't catch us to cover us,'' Porter said, ``so they let us go and battled with each other for second - although they probably didn't know that at the time.''
Several fleet and class championships are being held in conjunction with the regatta, including the Midget Ocean Racing Club Internationals, Melges 24 Great Lakes Championship and Hobie Wave Class Great Lakes Championships.
Two firsts and a second put US Sailing Hall-of-Fame skipper Rick White of Key Largo at the head of the Wave Class. Norm Freeman of Michigan was runner-up with a 4-1-2 record.
The Wave, a 13-foot catamaran that tacks on a dime, was introduced at the Bay last year.
``All of us catamaran sailors are looking for a high-tech, high-speed boat, but on the other hand, everyone wants to sail a one-design,'' White said.
``My wife (Hall-of-Famer and world champion) Mary Wells and I figured out that the Wave reduces everything to a common denominator. There's nothing you can do to get an advantage, like using a different sail. All you have to do is sheet, steer and use tactics.
``The only way I won today,'' he said, ``is good starts and good marker rounding.''
Inter-Lake Yachting Association Regatta
PERFORMANCE HANDICAP RACING FLEET: Overall-1. State Of Schock, Joe Sbrocco, Cleveland Yachting Club; 2. Holy Toledo, Tom Andrews and Clif Vaughan; 3. Wizard, Jeff Mackay, North Cape Yacht Club. Class A-1. State of Schock; 2. JEB, T. Park McRitchie, Port Clinton Yacht Club; 3. Big Time, Richard Robertson, Erie Yacht Club. Class B-1. Holy Toledo; 2. Wizard, Jeff Mackay; 3. Orange Crate, Jim Davis; all North Cape Yacht Club. Class C-1. Gus, Jim Bourgault, Grosse Ile Yacht Club; 2. Brass Dragon, Joseph Graczyk, Jr., Erie Yacht Club; 3. Red Cloud, John Greiner, North Cape Yacht Club. Class D-1. Feisty, Brian and Kate Harwell, Grosse Ile Yacht Club; 2. Zephyr Hawk, Richard Bohl, Grosse Ile Yacht Club; 3. Kaleidoscope, Eileen Hoffman, North Cape Yacht Club. Class E-1. Wileaway, Philip Rush, Edgewater Yacht Club; 2. Harrier, Robert Porter, Oswego Yacht Club; 3. California Girl, ten and Denise Wagner, Ford Yacht Club. Class F-1. Kicks, Scott Boettner, Ford Yacht Club; 2. Otis B. Driftwood, Blair Arden, North Star Sail Club; 3. Alcoholics Alluvus, Scott Giles, Detroit Sailing Association.
MIDGET OCEAN RACING CLUB: Overall-1. Na-Na-Li, Jim Norris, Cedar Island Yacht Club; 2. Gauntlet, Frank Lyons, Grosse Ile Yacht Club; 3. InfraRed, Bryan Huntley, Sandusky Sailing Club. Class A-1. Remedy, Bert Carp, Annapolis; 2. Hat Trick, Brad Boston, Sarnia Yacht Club; 3. Jazzy, Gerry Frabutt, Grosse Ile Yacht Club. Class B-1. Hat Trick, Matt Dubois, Grosse Ile Yacht Club; 2. Devil Dog, Don Gray, unattached; Pig Scow, Tom Van Cleave, Grosse Ile Yacht Club. Class C-1. Easy Go, Robert Dunning, Tred Avon; 2. Rugger, Sampson; 3. Splash Dance, Laszlo Goda, North Cape Yacht Club. Class D-1. InfraRed; 2. Gauntlet; 3. Godenwind, Dieter Giese, Grosse Ile Yacht Club.
JIB-AND MAIN DIVISION: Overall-1. Jubilate Deo, Jerry Porter and John Stong, North Cape Yacht Club; 2. Money Pit, Jim Bryan, Ford Yacht Club; 3. Loose Cannon, Brad Shockey, Vermilion Boat Club. Class A-1. Jubilate Deo; Loose Cannon; 3. Hurricne, Dave Caracci, North Cape Yacht Club. Class B-1. ItsFunAgain, Mike McGuire, Lakeshore Sailing Club; 2. Gloria, Ken Watt, Huron Yacht Club; 3. Compass North, Alan Foote, Edgewater Yacht Club. Class C-1. Money Pit; 2. Thunder, Wayne Hallatt, Cedar Isle Yacht Club; 3. Fiasco, Michael Bellg, North Cape Yacht Club.
CASUAL CRUISING CLASS: Overall-1. Alleuia, Thomas Hawk, Catawba Island Club; 2. D,tente, Robert Pollock, North Cape Yacht Club; 3. Sora, Jim Fremont and Joe Ker, Grayhaven Yacht Club. Class A-1. Alleuia; 2. D,tente; 3. Clear Wind, Christian Tracey, unattached. Class B-1. Sora; 2. Yawltese Falcon, rihard Hendricks, North Cape Yacht Club; 3. First Priority, Kevin Crawford, Ottawa River Yacht Club.
ONE-DESIGN DIVISION-TARTAN TEN CLASS-1. Gotcha, Dave Disbrow,Vermilion Boat Club; 2. Wilcat, Len Chamberlain, Vermilion Boat Club; 3. Cracker, Karen Sackett, Mentor Harbor Yachting Club. MELGES 24 CLASS-1. Pumbaa, Wayne Pignolet, Eastpoint Yacht Club; 2. Li'l Iodine, John Laundra, Bay City Yacht Club; 3. Remarc, Brian Cramer, Sarnia Yacht Club. CRESCENT CLASS-1. Utopia, David Hume; 2. Manon, Stephen Hume; 3. Moxie, Susan McDonald; all Detroit Sailing Club.
OPEN DIVISION, WAVE CLASS-1. Rick White, Key Largo; 2. Matt Wirth, Columbus; 3. Bruce Williams, Kalamazoo. INTERLAKE CLASS-1. Bob Bradley; 2. Ray Gall; 3. Tom Marriott; all Jolly Roger Sailing Club. RACE (Trimaran hydofoil) CLASS-1. Don Walton, Toronto; 2. Mike McGarry; 3. Charles Worth.
2001 Interlake Nationals At Grand Traverse Yacht Club
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION-1. George Fisher, Hoover Yacht Club; 2. Scott Savage, LSC; 3. Steve Aspery, Hoover Yacht Club; 11. Karl Bradley, Jolly Roger Sailing Club; 13. Bob Bradley, Jolly Roger Sailing Club; 15. Mike Zuilhof, Sandusky Sailing Club; 16. Dennis Dieball, Sr., Jolly Roger Sailing Club; 18. Peter Frissell, Jolly Roger Sailing Club; 19. Tom Marriott, Jolly Roger Sailing Club; 20. Ray Gall, Jolly Roger Sailing Club; 27. Jeanne Koschalk, Jolly Roger Sailing Club.
CHALLENGER DIVISION-1. Lou Schultz, Hoover Yacht Club; 6. Terry Kilpatrick, Sandusky Sailing Club.
ILYA Deepwater Races
INTER-LAKE YACHTING ASSOCIATION DEEPWATER RACES TO PUT-IN-BAY
TOLEDO DEEPWATER RACE: PERFORMANCE HANDICAP RACING FLEET-Overall and Class C-1. Choirloft, Dave Sullivan; 2. Sail Naked, Mike Deye; 3. Wing Jammer, Bill Pribe; all North Cape Yacht Club. Class A-1. Quickdraw, Robert Rishel; 2. Highlander, Tim Arkilander; 3. Foghorn, Kent Gardam. Class B-1. Big Mistake, Mike Robie, Toledo Sailing Club; 2. Tyrannous, George O'Connell, North Cape Yacht Club; 3. Kaleidoscope, Eileen Hoffman, North Cape Yacht Club.
CASUAL CRUISING DIVISION-1. Yawltese Falcon, Richard Hendricks; 2. Delirium, William Gunkel, North CapeYacht Club; 3. First Priority, Kevin Crawford, Ottawa River Yacht Club.
JIB-AND-MAIN DIVISION-1. Mega, Les Lashaway, Jolly Roger Sailing Club; 2. Paragon, John Glanville, Monroe Boat Club; 3. Tenspeed, Don Williams, North Cape Yacht Club.
DETROIT DEEPWATER RACE: PHRF Class A-1. Gus, Jim Bourgault; 2. Zephyr Hawk, Richard Bohl; 3. Avatar, Gordon Morlan; all Grosse Ile Yacht Club. Class B-1. Dragon Lady, Brenda Woodruff, West Shore Sail Club; 2. SeaWise, chuck Weiss, Bayview Yacht Club; 3. California Girl, Ted and Denise Wagner.
MIDGET OCEAN RACING CLUB: 1. Say Uncle, Kevin Lemonds; 2. Jazzy, Gerald Frabutt,; 3. Pig Scow, Tom Van Cleave; all Grosse Ile Yacht Club.
JIB-AND-MAIN DIVISION: 1. Money Pit, Jim Bryan, Ford Yacht Club; 2. Sora, Fremont Kemp, Grayhaven Yacht Club.
ONE-DESIGN DIVISION: 1. Blue Moon, Bill Mackey; 2. Manon, Stephen Hume; 3. Utopia, David Hume; all Detroit Sailing Club.