Holy Halyards Batman once again it`s the McNulty Regatta 2022
written by David Crysdale on June 29 of 2022 and read by 121
USA 845 with Milwaukee background
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We are the Milwaukee Yacht Club great racing since 1871. It is time once again for the Soling fleet to race the McNulty Cup! The weather is unseasonably warm providing perfect sailing conditions.
Christened an Olympic boat in August of 1968 in Kiel, Germany, the Soling has a strong history here at MYC. We hosted the first official Soling regatta the 1969 North Americans. In June of 1972 we hosted the United States Olympic Trials. MYC's Buddy Melges went on to win the first Olympic Gold Medal in Kiel Germany in 1972. In 1998 52 Solings were here for the Soling World Championships. Thirty countries were represented with more than thirty Olympic medalists present. In 2012 we hosted the Soling Worlds again. The list going on and on. Our McNulty Cup has a 60+ year history here at MYC first with Stars, then 210's, and now Solings.
Read on my friends and I will tell you a wacky tale of superheroes. Commissioner Gordon can always count on them to save the day. But wait what's that up in the sky? It's a bird it's a plane no its Superman! Able to leap a Soling in a single bound. Holy Harken cleats Batman! Has anyone seen Cat woman? She has a purfect Soling. The Bat signal is shining bright. Up up and away! Superman is circling the globe to generate lots of wind. James Bond has been seen walking through the Soling's checking for ISA stickers. They were doing the Bat dance at the Skylark Bar. Everyone was ready for a turbo charged time! Back in the Bat Cave the gleaming white Soling was being polished for maximum speed. Robin had his hiking harness ready. Turbines to speed rockets to power we're ready to move out! Turn up the volume! Who would win the 2022 McNulty Cup? The world may never know… But wait a clue is found. A Soling sailor has a crew that flies like he was Superman! How could this be? It's very simple son. He trained many years on the Bat Boat.
It was early morning that fine day of Friday June 17th. A fine day in flat waters on Lake Michigan with the caped crusaders seen off the shores near the Milwaukee Yacht Club. What was the Joker up to? Riddle me this was it that wonderful feeling knowing that all your best friends are here and it's going to be more fun by the minute? What a Soling paradise! But wait did I see Flash Gordon crank up the wind? Yes! The 2022 McNulty Soling fleet was off to sea. It was a Northwester crawling right each race. When it went left it blew 7 knots when it went right it blew 14 knots. Thanks to Superman the clouds parted. The sun came out. Pressure was building. Pull back those shroud tracks! They were off and race one was under way! It's Ashley Henderson US 832 OCS. Paul McGuan US 834 for a 4th. Dave Baum US 845 gets a 3rd. Tom Elliot US 768 is 2nd. Dave Crysdale is 1st. In the second race sailing her new boat US 832 formally owned by the great Charlie Kamps Super Fast Ashley Henderson loves Solings and finished 5th! Dave Crysdale's crew Owen Brown flew off the boat like Superman and they finished 4th. Dave Baum's US 845 powered forward with the talented Bill Bresser and finished 3rd. Paul McGuan US 834 a rockstar in his own right shows everyone he knows how to turn on the afterburners and rocket to the front of the fleet finishes 2nd. Hotshot Tom Elliot US 768 travels up from Chicago and consistently proves he is a superstar finishes 1st! In Race 3 the great Ashley Henderson US 832 takes 5th. The amazing Paul McGuan US 834 takes 4th. Hotshot Soling sailor Dave Baum US 845 takes 3rd. Talented Tom Elliot US 768 takes 2nd. Dave Crysdale crosses the line in first!
On Saturday June 18th the wind has clocked 30-40 degrees to the right coming off the north point. There are 3-4 foot waves rolling down the lake. It is an oscillating breeze rock steady for the first two races. In the first race it US 832 in 5th, US 768 in 4th,US824 in 3rd,US834 in 2ndand US 845 Dave Baum winning it for a 1st place. Second race US 832 in 5th, US 845 in 4th,US834 in 3rd,US824 in 2ndand US 768 Tom Elliot winning it for a 1st place. Third race US 832 in 5th, US 745 in 4th,US 834 in 3rd,US 768 in 2nd and US 824 Dave Crysdale winning it for a 1st place. Points are tied for 1st with US 768 and US 824.
On last day of the McNulty. The fleet is sailing in smooth water and medium air out of the northwest. It's the Great David Baum US 845 finishing the first race in 1st showing massive speed. This extraordinary fast Soling sailor is a Champion! He took 1st place at the Fall Soling Bowl Championship in Annapolis Maryland last season. Sports history again the Super Cool Dave Baum dominates the fleet. Happy Father Day Mr Dave Baum. He takes a bullet (1st place) in the very next race on the last race of the McNulty Cup. Man that guy is fast! Final results for the 2022 McNulty Cup: Super Charged Ashley Henderson is 5th. The Talented Paul McGuan is 4th. Super fast Dave Baum is 3rd. Mastermind Tom Elliot is 2nd And Dave Crysdale wins the tied breaker and wins it. He is 1st place in the 2022 McNulty Cup. At the awards special thanks were given to PRO John Straussman. The tradition continued with a whole bottle of Mount Gay rum and enough tonic bottles to fill the McNulty Cup for all to enjoy! The awards were presented at Boat House with family enjoying the pool and hot tub. They all ordered their lunch from the excellent boat house grill! Stay tuned Same Bat place same Bat channel.
Every MYC member is a Super Hero in my mind. Enjoy this wonderful club my friends. Life at MYC is good and is going to get better!
Soling Fleet Captain
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