2006 Richardson Trophy
YRUGL Match Racing Championship

Adam Burns wins the 2006 Richardson Trophy.

Buffalo Yacht Club
Buffalo, New York, USA
September 30 and October 1, 2006

12 teams were invited to the Richardson Trophy Event to determine the best Match Racing team from the 6 Associations, shown on the attached bio's, that make up the Yacht Racing Union of the Great Lakes (YRUGL).   Of the 12 teams invited 1 team officially withdrew one day before the start of the event.

The 11 teams arrived at the Buffalo Yacht Club in Buffalo NY and after completing weigh-in and registration received finalized sailing instructions, selected their team numbers by a random pairing officiated by RCR Company Owner Don Finkle and retired for the night after sizing up the competition.   The competitors knew that this Richardson Trophy Event would be different since it would be the first time that two entries from each of the 6 Associations were being allowed to compete and they would be competing on two separate courses for the opening round.

Saturday morning broke with winds from the south at 15 - 20 knots and seas from the west at 3 - 6' indicating that the race courses would be anything but typical.   Course Nirvana decided that they would set up behind the Buffalo Harbor inner breakwall and run their windward/leeward course with some shelter from the beam seas for their 6 teams.   Meanwhile Course Big Kahuna headed about a quarter mile outside of the Buffalo Harbor outer breakwall providing a completely different environment for the 5 teams racing there.   Two races into Saturday's event, Course Big Kahuna had to re-set behind the Buffalo Harbor outer breakwall due to the building seas and was able to complete one final race.   At approximately 1230 hours with wind gusts exceeding 26 knots and seas still building, both courses postponed the balance of Saturday's schedule and returned to harbor at the BYC to reflect on how to proceed.

After much discussion between the OA, Umpires and Competitors, it was decided that Sunday would begin with the completion of Saturday's schedule and then select the top two teams from each course and bring them together for two, two team, best of 3 semi-finals with hopefully a best of 3 finals of the two winning skippers coming out of the semi-finals.

Sunday morning broke with lighter winds but heavy rain.   At 0700 hours breakfast, the winds had shifted to the west at 10 knots but the seas were still 3 - 5'.   The saving grace was that the seas and winds were coming from the same direction.   Both courses set up outside of the outer breakwall about a half mile apart.   The Saturday schedule was completed and the teams of Lars Hansen versus Adam Burns and Chris Van Tol versus Boris Gulari were selected for the semi-finals.   Out of the best of 3 semi-finals came the finalists of Adam Burns, representing the Youngstown Yacht Club, Youngstown NY and the Lake Yacht Racing Association and Chris Van Tol representing the Bayview Yacht Club, Detroit MI and the Inter-Lake Yachting Association.   Due to building winds of 20 knots and the lateness of the day, the proposed best of 3 finals had to be shortened to a single race final.   Adam Burns won the prestigious Richardson Trophy returning it to the Youngstown Yacht Club who last held the trophy when Elmer J. Doyle, Jr. won it in 1981.

On behalf of the BYC Organizing Authority it was a great honor to put on 2006 Richardson Trophy Regatta.

Timothy M. Hunt
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