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Annual Estebel Night Race sails on through ‘iffy’ weather

May 17, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS) sponsored its annual Estebel Long-Distance Night Race Saturday evening, off the coast of Fort Myers Beach. The course took racers out to a race marker off of Knapps Point on Sanibel Island and back, a distance of about 15 miles.

The race began at 6 p.m., to allow the competitors to sail off into the sunset and return under the stars. The weather was a little threatening, but the racers never got rained on. The sunset turned out to be a squall on the horizon very beautiful, as long as it doesn't come your way!

It was a nice, warm evening, perfect for a sailboat race, with 15- to 20-knot easterly breezes off the beach, and moderate seas, which got bigger as the racers went west toward Knapps Point. Sixteen boats participated in the race.

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Race results:

Multi-hull Division: First Passion III (Ned Christensen)

Spinnaker Division: First Midnite Rider (Forrest Banks); Second Macushla (Joel Andrews).

Non-Spinnaker Division: First Air Supply (Steve Romaine), Second Sunrunner (Art Monahan); Third Nurdle (John Churchill).

True Cruising Division: First Jolly Mon (David Naumann); Second Barefeet (Bill Misenheimer); Third Miss Cathleen (John Finnegan).

For more info on CMCS and its sailboat racing program, visit The CMCS racing program is open to both members and non-members.



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