Grosse Pointe Sail Club ends its summer season


GROSSE POINTE PARK — The wind inflating the spinnaker made the sound of sizzling bacon. And it was as if the cowgirl logo of the custom Sprint 7 racing sloop dug into her heels.
Sprint 7, a 31 footer designed by Michèle Molino de France with an extendable bowsprit, was already fast with mainsail and jib.
With the addition of a spinnaker, he galloped around the eight-mile course to a PHRF A class win at the Grosse Pointe Sail Club season finale on Tuesday night.

Pictures of Brad Lindberg
From the top, Sprint 7 and Bad Habits begin the race from bowsprit to bow; Kopp Out, with plenty of sail area provided by an extendable bowsprit, leads Das Boot; and Das Boot bites a wave.

Sundown Series on August 30. The race started and ended at Windmill Pointe Park.
A steady westerly wind of 17.5 knots up the Detroit River eased off a bit and shifted a few degrees from the port watch of the fleet of 39 boats less than 10 minutes before the first of seven innings meet their respective tee shots at five-minute intervals starting at 7 p.m.
In the first leg, Sprint 7, owned by Bayview Yacht Club member and former Grosse Pointe city councilor John Stevens, approached the start line side by side with Bad Habits, a 2000 Beneteau First 40.7 owned by fellow Bayviewer Mark Hanke of Franklin. and classed as a cruiser-racer with lots of cabin and galley space below.
The boats shared a parallel course, but once Stevens’ blonde and the Stetson-wearing buckaroo took the reins, the result was old news.
Stevens finished the race in 54 minutes, 20 seconds elapsed time, nearly 2½ minutes shy of second-place finisher Freedom, owned by Jim Cooper of Grosse Pointe Park. Bad Habits finished fourth in just over an hour and a minute. The corrected times reflected the same order.
The crew of Kopp Out, a 26 foot, J/80, also with retractable bowsprit, also testifies to the benefits of maximizing sail area.
Kopp Out, owned by Thomas and Jennifer Kopp, won heat four with the fastest time of any boat competing that evening.
Kopp crossed the line just after 8:01 p.m., for an elapsed time of 46 minutes, 42 seconds. Avatar, owned by André Morlan of Grosse Pointe Park, finished second nearly a minute and a half later.
The winning boats by class, name, type, owner, sailing club and corrected time are, where applicable:
* PHRF A: Sprint 7, HM31, John Stevens, Bayview Yacht Club and Grosse Pointe Sail Club, 59:58;
* Cruise: Wind Toy IV, Morgan 42, Robert Bunn, 1:00:19;
* JAM: Star Gazer, Bénéteau 38S5, Marc Rosenthal, 00:48:07;
* PHRF B: Kopp Out, J/80, Thomas and Jennifer Kopp, Bayview, 00:45:18;
* Cal 25: WhiteFang, Cal 25-1, John Harper, Bayview, 00:49:09;
* PHRF C: Blown Away Too, 00:48:20 and
* Crescent: Scimitar, 00:46:37.
The club’s spring and summer racing series has ended, which means the fall series is already underway. The remaining races will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, September 13, 20 and 27.


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