If you think the Fluno Center is just for management boot camp and tedious project management lectures, you might have missed the 2015 Mendota Yacht Club Commodore’s Banquet. On October 24, almost 70 sailors and their families and crew convened in Fluno’s elegant dining room to enjoy spirits, delicious dining, and numerous sailing stories. Partiers feasted on filet mignon, walnut-crusted walleye, or grilled eggplant. While they were enjoying an assortment of petit desserts, Brian Anderson hosted the awards ceremony. He awarded over 120 racing and specialty trophies, and honored both new and veteran sailors.
It was a touching tribute to have trophies in honor of Bill Shelton and Bill Ward, two of MYC’s most esteemed members who in the past year became celestial members. The Bill Shelton Wildthing Trophy is awarded to the first place E-Scow in a Sunday series. This year Lon Schoor took home the trophy. The Bill Ward OCS (On Course Side) Trophy is reflective of Bill’s impish humor and is awarded to the boat (any fleet) that was over the line at the start, and failed to restart correctly. This year that “honor” went to Phil Zalog.
A highlight of the night was recognition of our youth sailors. Brian Anderson reported success in two fleets. Six kids attended the Opti No-Tears regatta, which was the highest turnout outside of the host fleet. Lev Kerlow took 3rd in that regatta. Meta and Fritz Simon also performed well in the Lake Beulah Sailing School Regatta, with Meta placing 4th our of 55 boats in the RWB fleet and Fritz taking top prize in the green fleet.
For the first time in years, MYC sent boats to the X-inlands. The highlight of that regatta was the Willy and Micah Hanson boat. On the final mark rounding, they were in 4th place and would have finished in great shape, but had a jib halyard malfunction. This took them from 4th to DNF. Wait until next year!
After Brian finished honoring our sailors, the crowd continued to mingle and reminisce on summer stories. All told, it was a fun and rewarding evening. Sailors went home with full tummies and trophy-loaded cars.