Hewitt wins Kettle Falls race

The Rendezvous Yacht Club held their longest race of the season on Saturday.
Colin Hewitt won this year’s Kettle Falls Race with Kevin Peterson coming in second. Warren Wagness was third overall and the first of the Class A boats.
The race started at 10 a.m. just north of Grindstone and Big American Islands.
With a nice west wind blowing, twelve boats headed east down the lake with colourful spinnakers flying.
The west wind held through the morning and early afternoon as the sailors made their way up to and through the Brule Narrows.
From the Brule, the race course headed east with directions to go north of Pader Noster Island and then head south of the Anchor Islands.
The wind was still blowing as most of the boats passed Pader Noster.
However as they made their way south, the wind died.
Seeing the glassy water conditions in the main bay, some captains tried to keep to the north as much as possible but eventually everyone needed to pass through the still area.
As each boat lost their wind, the area west of Anchor Islands filled with slow moving sailboats.
With the boats barely moving, the race committee realized the sailors would never make it to Kettle Falls in the time allowed.
John Deschamps made the decision to end the race and set up a finish line at Anchor Islands.
Pat Soboleski in the J25 Ciao took the “First Across the Line” award.
In last Wednesday night’s race, Ron Bowman won in light winds.
Bowman’s In Tune finished the five leg windward/leeward course in a corrected time of 25 minutes, 35 seconds.
Placing second was Colin Hewitt in the Ariba in 26:20.
Quinn McCarthy’s Sedna came in third (26:51) followed by Jas Spencer’s Beagle (33:23).
For more detailed results or other sailing information, please see the club website www.rycweb.org or contact Diane Wessels at 218-283-1060.