While Dick and Doug DeVos’ Windquest, a Max Z86, took line honors in the Turbo Section, provisional results put John Nedeau’s Windancer, a Great Lakes 70, in first, with Lance Smotherman’s Great Lakes 70, Details in second and Bill Martin’s Great Lakes 70 Stripes rounding out the top three.
While the Turbo Section can always counted on to spin heads at starting lines, it was Carl Chaleff’s Moody 54, Princess M, racing in Cruising Section 1, who made history by becoming the first cruising boat to take overall line honors. Clearly, Princess M’s extra cruising amenities didn’t hurt their performance. Chaleff himself has become a strong proponent of cruisers enjoying distance races on their 'turbo tortoises,' as the quick cruisers have been coined.
Roxy, a brand-new Tartan 4000, crossed the finishing line just a few minutes astern of Princess M. According to crewmember Tom McNeill, a yacht designer at Tartan, Roxy’s story was unique. 'We were hooking up our electronics at the start,' said McNeill. 'None of our sails had even been hoisted prior to the start.'
Post-storm humidity and ghostly light airs are carrying the remaining boats to the finishing line, following last night's terrible blow. 'The North Lake Michigan reported a peak wind gust of 45 knots at approximately 11:00PM EDT,' said meteorologist Chris Bedford. 'Today promises to be much calmer, with light South-Southwesterly winds mainly 5-10 knots on the lake. However, this is a chance of more thunderstorms developing across the area this afternoon and this evening.'
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