Sinclair Challenge

The OSYC Lake Sinclair Challenge

2020 Results to date:

DateRaw TimeBoatCrew
20Sept20201:24:00Beneteau 210Jay and Jimmy Harrell, and Tim Vacula
20Sept20201:29:56Beneteau 210Ken and Jennifer Griffin
19Sept20201:37:30S2 6.7Tim Vacula and Randy Hall
19Sept20201:37:50Beneteau 210Ken and Jennifer Griffin
19Sept20201:38:04Beneteau 210Jay Harrell
19May20201:51:15S2 6.7Tim Vacula and Jimmy Harrell
02Feb20201:53:13O’Day 26Bill and Dave Morris
25Jan20202:03S2 6.7Tim Vacula and Jimmy Harrell
25Jan20202:16O’ Day 26Bill and Dave Morris

The Lake Sinclair Challenge is a fixed-course, self-timed, long-distance challenge open to any sailing vessel on Lake Sinclair.

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During the Dec 2005 drawdown, we took a pontoon boat ride out to survey the shallow spots of the lake. We confirmed that there is indeed enough depth and enough room to pass between Hauck’s Reef and the Narrows Island in our sailboats. So we decided to use Hauck’s Reef as the end-mark for the Sinclair Challenge.

Here’s how it works:

  • Schedule: You pick the time and date. Any time day or night.
  • Eligibility: Anything that is wind powered and legal on Lake Sinclair
  • Rules: Racing Rules of Sailing.  DNR requirements, etc, apply. Sailors assume all risks.

Best times to-date:

Date Raw Boat Crew
7-MAY-2007 1:13:45 Viper 640 Harrells
29-MAR 2007 1:18:30 Hunter 260 Griffins
20-SEPT 2020 1:24:00 Beneteau 210 Harrells and Tim Vacula
11-OCT-2008 1:26:00 Catalina 25 Phillips
28-OCT-2012 1:29:00 VX One Harrells
20-SEP-2020 1:29:56 Beneteau 210 Griffins

Course:

  • Start between the No Wake buoy and the E dock at the club.
  • Pass all islands on the river channel side.
  • Pass between Hauck’s Reef and the Narrows Island in either direction. If multiple boats are racing, the boat leaving Hauck’s Reef to port shall have right of way. (Be careful)
  • Finish at the club between the No Wake buoy and the E dock.

Course Length: approximately 9 miles, round trip.

MapMap of Narrows Island->

Prizes: admiration of your fellow sailors, bragging rights, and a nice certificate.

Entry: Send an e-mail or letter to the scorekeeper (Jay.Harrell (at) riverside.net) with the following:

  • Date
  • Start Time – hh:mm:ss
  • Finish Time – hh:mm:ss (or exact elapsed time, to the second please)
  • Wind direction and wind speed (measured or estimated)
  • Boat name and description -*Skipper and Crew Names

Results form Past Years

2019 Results:

Date Raw Time Boat Crew
05Jan2019 1:59:25 Hunter 260 Ken and Jennifer Griffin
and Bob Fry
05Jan2019 2:05:28 MacGregor 26D Jimmy Harrell
and Tim Vacula
05Jan2019 2:59 Hunter 240 David and Chris Woodburn

2017 Results:

Date Raw Boat Crew
12NOV2016 1:38:30 Mac 26D Jimmy and Jay Harrell, Tim Vacula
27MAY2017 1:48 Windrider 17 Rebekah and Chris Woodburn
27MAY2017 1:48:20 O’Day 26 Bill and Dave Morris, Tim Aupperle
27MAY2017 2:09:30 Hunter 240 David and Max Woodburn
17OCT2017  2:07:30  O’Day 26  Bill, Susan, Martin and Minnie Morris