this past week and weekend, the 50th Sunfish North Americans were held on Lake Michigan. the event was hosted by the Lake Bluff Yacht Club. additional information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
eight youth/junior racers participated in the Youth North Americans, with Stewart Draheim taking 1st place with 6 bullets and a 2nd place (that was thrown out as his lowest score) to finish with 6 points. the final results can be found here. here is a great photo album with tons of pictures from the Youth racing.
the Open North Americans followed the Youth sailing, and after light air on the 1st day with only 2 races, the wind picked up, and the sailors completed nine total races in the 3 days of sailing. David Mendelblatt finished in first place with 21 points, followed by Greg Gust with 31 points, and Tom Whitehurst in 3rd place with 51 points. the full regatta results can be found here.
Chris Williams has a good report on the event over at the Sunfish Forum. he notes that by the 2nd and 3rd days, the wind had picked up and was gusty, with lots of wave/chop action to fight with out on the water. here is a wind report from Wind Alert and iwindsurf.com showing the gusts (I assume they were off the water before the big storms swept across Chicago and northern Indiana that evening).