We've alway said that a well-sailed Sunfish can win all the marbles, if we had any marbles. And Peter McIlroy proved it again in the 2017 season, posting great consistent finishes, often in high-wind, challenging conditions, to take the 2017 Variety Class Championship. Tom Tys, sailing his Thistle with John Fisher, came in second, with Tom running the early races on a Sunfish. And Roy Cooley overcame high winds
(Peter McIlroy Photo TK. Chips? Anybody?)
and a fractured transom on his ultralight RS Aero to finish third. All in all, it's been a great, exciting 2017 season, with no low-wind races, lots of inspired competition, a few good new sailors, including Michael and Rebecca Bellevtille, and no major collisions! Let's hope the 2018 season (which starts August 26) will be just as memorable and unpredictable.
Tom Tys and John Fisher