Convergence Proves Its Mettle in Three-Day Tri-State Regatta

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Convergence Proves Its Mettle in Three-Day Tri-State Regatta


Byline: Harry Swieca

We Chicagoans are lucky to have Lake Michigan. What a great place for fishing, swimming and boating in its open waters.

Cruising and fishing are the main enjoyment for us power boaters. Our sailboating friends do the same things but are clever enough to have found one more thing we power boaters rarely consider -racing.

Every week, groups of sailors from our club and others around the lake get together for some type of point-to-point race. Some sailors are able to race twice a week or more. Just listening to how they talk about a race can get even the most stout power boater to listen and enjoy the experience.

One of our readers, Russell Gallery, took the time to describe the Tri-State, one of the major sailing regattas on Lake Michigan. Here is what he wrote:

"While many of us Chicagoans celebrated the last stretch of summer, devout sailors set off on the Tri-State Regatta. Over 120 boats cast off from their respective harbors on a three-day, port- to-port race covering 120 miles and three states.

"The first destination was St. Joseph, Mich. With a sailing time of 7 hours, 23 minutes, 37 seconds, Convergence was the first to cross the finish line for the Tartan 10 class. In second place was Cheap Thrills and in third place was US. With over 50 miles to race, the difference between first and second place was less than 40 seconds.

"The sailors, weary from sailing all night, took Saturday to enjoy the hospitality of St. Joseph before heading to Michigan City, Ind., on Sunday morning.

"Convergence, whose crew was Don Wilson, Jen Wilson, Dave Muzzall, Marco Rendoz Cathy White and Russ Gallery, won again on the second leg. Now the pressure was on for the last leg of the race.

"In a sport where all participants sail the same type of boat, it's rare that one team will win back-to-back races, much less two legs of a port-to-port race that spans over 80 miles. …

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