2024 COLORS REGATTA RECAP

Columbia Yacht Club COLORS Regatta

The Columbia Yacht Club COLORS Regatta, held on June 1-2, featured a mix of moderate and light, building conditions. UK Chicago sails customers made a strong showing across several one-design and distance racing fleets.

Since 1995, the COLORS Regatta has been Chicago’s “shake-the-sheets” event, drawing over 100 boats annually on the first weekend of June. With a strong one-design presence, including Beneteau, J/Boat, Tartan 10, and other large fleets, the event serves as a vital tune-up for the season. The regatta includes buoy racing and a distance race, attracting both serious racers and casual cruisers.

Tartan 10 Fleet

Tartan 10, ERICA, in the 2022 Chicago to Mackinac Race.
Tartan 10, ERICA, in the 2022 Chicago to Mackinac Race.

In the Tartan 10 fleet, Brian Kaczor and his team on ERICA dominated by winning every race, closely followed by another UK customer, Blane and Cindy Boynton’s team on MINISTER.

J/105 Class

Mike Sheppard’s team on FLYING PIG won the J/105 fleet in a tiebreaker against another UK customer, Mark Fruin on NYCTOSAUR.

THE FLYING PIG crew (left) and the NYCTOSAUR crew (right) at the 2024 Columbia Yacht Club COLORS Regatta awards ceremony. Photo by J/105 Fleet 5 Chicago.
THE FLYING PIG crew (left) and the NYCTOSAUR crew (right) at the 2024 Columbia Yacht Club COLORS Regatta awards ceremony. Photo by J/105 Fleet 5 Chicago.

Beneteau 40.7 Class

Scot Ruhlander’s team on MOJO dominated the Beneteau 40.7 class, winning every race, while UK customer Ron Buzil and team VAYU finished third.

Beneteau 40.7, MOJO, pictured from a past event.
Beneteau 40.7, MOJO, pictured from a past event.

PHRF 2

In PHRF 2, Team MASKWA finished second.

ORC and Distance Racing

  • In ORC, Shawn O’Neill’s EAGLE placed second, and Kevin Saedi & Raman Yousefi’s MOMENTUS finished third.
  • In the ORC Distance category, John Gottwald’s EAGLE’S WINGS took first place, with Dave Dickerson’s PARADIGM SHIFT in third.
  • In PHRF 2 Distance, Dave Baker’s HANDSOME PETE finished first.
  • In PHRF 3 Distance, Bill Batrz’s RANGER finished first.
Heather Mahady
Heather Mahady

Heather Mahady is the General Manager of UK Sailmakers International. She is based on Vancouver Island in the Pacific Northwest, and is a passionate sailboat racer, sailmaker, and sustainability advocate.

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