Round Bay Sailing Association (RBSA) had a rousing race season this year; weather played an important role and the club found itself canceling four races for thunderstorms and possible tornadoes, more than had been done in years. Also notable were the number of boats that sailed in each race (on some Wednesday evenings, 20) and the new scoring system, the ORR-Ez.
The high-spirited club culminated the 2021 season with an awards ceremony at the beach at Arden on the Severn. The main event at each annual awards ceremony is High Point for the season. High Point is based on an algorithm that considers overall participation in the season, the number of boats and results per race. This year’s winner of the coveted prize was Hye, a Johnson 18, skippered by Chris Drury, who often single-handed. When Chris wasn’t sailing solo, his new fiancé, Meredith Hillyer, crewed and provided tactics.
The club awarded other prizes as well. Kevin Lister of Winsome Ride, a Bavaria 46, took the Corinthian Award, given to the sailor who best exemplifies the Corinthian spirit. Kevin was instrumental in developing our new rating system. The single-handed CRASH race prize went to Don Snelgrove, skipper of Himmel, a Dehler 39. The Commodore's Trophy for highest standing in three annual charity races went to Quintet, a Cal 25 skippered by Mike Miller. The Red Lantern award, given to the boat that can appreciate that other forms of enjoyment can be combined with sailing, went to Blew by You. The Schock Harbor 25, skippered by Les Trachtman, received the award for last in high point scoring - usually the best prize since it’s a bottle of Bermuda rum, not a pickle dish. Finally, Jambo, a Cal 27 skippered by Jim Hyatt, received the Most Improved award, for having made the greatest leap in high point standings in the past year.
While boats are being hauled out now, skippers and crew are contemplating the April 2022 season opener on April 20, 2022. Check us out: www.roundbaysailing.com. Feel free to join the excitement!
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