DE LUZ — On Saturday, October 11, the De Luz Yacht Club finished their 2009 season at Ross Lake. Six yachtsmen turned out to enjoy the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
Tension was high as the participants began race one. 2008 winner Howard Wright sat out and let 1995 cup winner Ted Von Hirsh make a run in his boat.
Sue Lewis took a commanding lead in the first race but was overtaken at the last buoy by Doug Skidmore and Lisa Hernandez. It was nip and tuck to the finish with Skidmore taking the win, Hernandez second and Lewis third.
Wright used a borrowed boat in the second race. Not sure if it was the boat or Wright, but it turned into a very close race between him, Skidmore and Von Hirsh as they headed for the second to last buoy.
It was anyone’s race, but Wright and Von Hirsh broke out passing the last buoy and it was tight to the finish with Wright a half a boat ahead taking first, Von Hirsh second and Skidmore third.
After calculating the season results, Phil Hernandez had taken first place. Skidmore had aced out Wright by one point for second place and Wright took third for the season.
They were followed by Wes Dorffi, fourth place; Vic Mackenzie, fifth; Rick Burch, sixth; Lewis, seventh; Jeff Winters, eighth; and Lisa Hernandez, ninth.
As all good yachtsmen do, Wright, last year’s champion, presented the De Luz Yacht Club Trophy to Phil Hernandez to display at his residence until the close of the 2010 De Luz Yacht Club race season.
“On a personal note, I would like to thank all those Deluzians who have come out to support the De Luz Yacht Club,” said Jim Lamurri. “You are what it’s all about. And, the wonderful dishes and drinks were really appreciated. I hope more and more come out next year to enjoy the races, the camaraderie, the fun and, of course, to meet neighbors. De Luz rules, as always.”
The De Luz Yacht Club was started in 1995 and has continued to bring some fine yachtsman to the races.
On August 22, they welcomed travelers from Canada, New Zealand and Hong Kong and invited then to participate in the sailing fun. Hence, the first International De Luz Yacht Club Race was established.