September 20, 2019, Tecumseh, Ontario. 2019 Melges 24 Canadian Nationals started off on the Lake Saint Clair waters. Nine races are scheduled over the three days regatta, being the concluding event of the 2019 North American circuit. The forecast called for light winds clocking from North East to South which did not make the Race Committee’s job easy. Nevertheless two good races were conducted amongst 16 boats.
The first race was won by a local team CAN-99 “Spitfire” helmed by John Marentette followed by Dan Berezin’s CAN-629 “Surprise” of Toronto and Thomas Roop of Traverse City, Michigan, on helm of USA-121 “Collusion”.
The second race saw several lead changes with Atlanta’s Roger Counihan and a team of USA-775 “Jaws” taking the first, with another local boat CAN-737 “Slippery” helmed by Jim Pearson taking the second. The third place went to Peter Shumaker of Grosse Point, Michigan, helming USA-593 “Marianne”.
The races will continue tomorrow with another light wind day expected.