I would be remiss (as I so often am) if I did not get these last few bits and pieces out:
1. Junior Division Results: Total, complete, and utter domination by one Devon Roesch. That would be Devon Son of Pete. I once had "Must Defeat Pete" writ large on the deck of my Superlight before a competition in an attempt to inspire my own success (didn't work.) Might I try "Confound Those Speedy Roeschs"?
2. Relay Race Team Results:
2.) Team Roesch - 1 & 3
3.) Team Veith - 4 & 2
4.) Team Marr - 3 & 4
5.) tie - Team Yannick & Giordano
The rosters for the teams are not available. Suffice it to say that I sailed for a fifth place team.
3. Spencer Buckets:
Jill Marr Superstar (coordinator of Neat Prizes and Trophies along with MC Thom) presented Spencer Buckets to top competitors. This is as great and as useful a windsurfing prize as anyone could want (in my addled opinion)...if you've never used a Spencer Bucket, you don't know what you're missing. Stand in it to change out of your wetsuit. Use it as a catchall for wet messy things. Rig your board's fins and footstraps on top of it. Flip it and sit on it. It has hundreds of uses! (well half a dozen). I asked King of the East Mike Burns to put his through its paces and provide the Peconic Puffin feedback on how well it meets his pro freestyling needs.
4. The Eternal Battle Between George and Pete:
George came in second and Pete in third in the races this year. They came in fourth and fifth the year before. The year before that Pete won the whole enchilada/spencer bucket/etc. Anytime you get on the water with Pete and George it's like being a witness to battles from Greek mythology. Kind of. Also the odds are you'll end up behind them (I beat Pete once, but he was injured.)
5. Unsung Heroes
A lot of people help make these events happen. Besides MC Thom and King Mike and Jill Marr Superstar, there is Chrissy Burns keeping it real on the judging stand. Bill Doutney capturing it all for posterity. There are others whose names I don't know, but the safety boat and jet ski (and their operators) as well as the Parks department made it all possible as well. Big thanks to them, and to those whose contributions I may be ignorant of, but am thankful for nevertheless.
6. What's Next?
Me I'm hoping for a return of the Fall Regatta. The Second Annual East Coast Fall Windsurfing Regatta has a nice ring to it!