MUSKEGON – The fifth Harbor Hospice-Chronicle Regatta kept a couple of streaks alive Saturday.
The Regatta, held on Muskegon Lake and hosted by Muskegon Yacht Club, has had a different winner hoist the Chronicle Cup every summer.
This year Diminished 5th, skippered by Jim Beebe, caught the gusty winds which popped up shortly after the 1 p.m. race began just right to take home the title.
“It was a lot of fun,” Beebe said. “There was a lot of wind at times and we were able to capitalize on our changes to do pretty well.
Diminished 5th was crewed by Beebe, Rebecca Beebe, Thomas Beebe and Kristin Granroth.
With the win they earned entry into the Hospice Regattas National Championship in 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The previous four overall winners of the Harbor-Hospice Chronicle Regatta were Laurie Poppen and Impulsive in 2011, Brian Torresen and Peerless in 2010, Eric Landman and Ticklish in 2009 and Tim O’Neill and Rapid Sequence in 2008.
The race also served as a fundraiser for the Harbor Hospice. It raised over $24,000.
“It’s a privilege to be a part of this event,” Beebe said. “It’s great to race and help raise money for such a good cause. We enjoy doing it.”
Around $5,000 of the $24,000 was raised by the skippers and crew in the Judy Miller Memorial Challenge
The Challenge is a competition amongst the crews to see who can raise the most money for Harbor Hospice.
For the second straight year Bobby Cox, who skippers Ricochet, and his crew won the Challenge.
“We really like to help out good causes,” said Cox, who along with wife Sandy owns Acorn Stamping in his hometown of Oxford. “This a great cause so we really like to get involved and do what we can.”
Cox said he has a nice picture of Ricochet at his business so his suppliers can see it and want to contribute to the Harbor Hospice cause.
It is the third year of the Challenge. Cox and his crew won it last year and Gary & Cassy Marchido (Wooly Bulley) won in 2010.
In addition to winning the Judy Miller Memorial Challenge, Cox and his crew captured the Division 2 title Saturday.
“We had a little repair work to do during the race but we did pretty well in spite of it,” Cox said. “It got pretty windy for a while.”
Beebe and his crew won the Division 3 race.
The Main & Jib division was won by Whitecap, skippered by Roger Anderson.
The wind was so gusty on Muskegon Lake it forced the cancellation of the junior event. A number of boats were blown over after the race began to force the cancellation.
By Libby March | firstname.lastname@example.org
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