On Saturday, the Southport Yacht Club’s fifth annual Lone Palm Regatta drew 13 boats and lots of onlookers. Under extremely light and variable winds, the river race offered two different courses: a nine-mile race for the spinnaker boats and a five-mile race for the non-spinnakers.
Commodore Chris Webster described the race. “All the boats started great, but coming back was an extraordinarily difficult finish,” he said. “They had to tack back and forth against a tough outgoing tide. But what was exciting was the number of boats finishing about the same time; we had nine or ten boats finishing close together. The sailors enjoy that type of competition.”
Non-spinnaker winner Mark Thompson of “Us Equals Them” agreed. “I grew up sailing on the Great Lakes. The currents here are a whole other challenge; it makes it fun for me to try to figure them out.” Apparently, he did – they arrived at the finish line even before the Lone Palm inflatable was set out.
The race is named after the lone palm tree on Battery Island, which, along with the Ibis colony there, are two unique features that make our home Southport.
1st place – Nugget, captain Bob Cowen
2nd place – Bloody Mary, captain Scott Kaseman
3rd place – Bernadette, captain Jamie Deale
1st place – Us Equals Them, captain Mark Thompson
2nd place – Gabbiano, captain Jeffrey Moore
3rd place – Boomerang, captain Mark Salyer