PORT HENRY Sailors from the northeast with their boats gathered at the Lake George Club for the Changing of the Colors Regatta Sept. 29-30. The boats, all J/24s, are usually crewed by four or five are designed for racing. With 70 entrants the regatta is one of the largest of its kind in the country.
The big fleet combined with strong winds provided dramatic starts to the races and frantic maneuvering around the upwind and downwind marks. As the colorful spinnakers were launched and boats headed down winds a few boats were unable to avoid collisions but injury and serious damage were avoided.
Dancing Queen helmed by Paul Reese of Moriah and crewed by Chuck Meyers of Loudenville, Mark Schubert of Silver Bay, Chad Brown of Ticonderoga and Rob Knippler of Middlebury placed 27th over all in the very competitive field. After a dropping to 54th in the first race the boat finished in the top third of the fleet in the remaining three races all with very strong winds.
Dancing Queen is part of the J/24 fleet sailing out of the Port Henry Marina. The fleet sponsored regular races Tuesday evenings all summer and some weekends as well as competing in regattas in Plattsburgh, Burlington and Westport.
The sailors plan an expanded schedule of racing next season and will be recruiting new sailors.