MOUNT DESERT — It was a family affair Sunday as Wells Bacon Jr. and Maggie Bacon, sailing Spirit, beat out their parents, Wells and Mary Bacon, in Mary Jane on a tiebreak rule on the final race day of the season in the Luders class race at the Northeast Harbor Fleet.
The races were planned for Saturday, race committee chairman Solomon Krevans said, but there was not enough wind. Sunday brought clear skies and much better wind. Eight boats crossed the starting line in the Luders races.
Mary Jane took first place in the first race, with the younger generation of Bacons close behind. Spirit edged to the front in the second race, requiring use of the tiebreak rule, Krevans said. If the scores are identical, the winner of the last race wins the event.
“We had been trying to decide whether to go left for wind or right for current relief,” Wells Bacon Sr. said. “We got buried at the start, so we had to go right for current relief. That turned out to be the right call, so we jumped ahead. Wellsy and Maggie were gaining on us the whole time. We finished about six boat lengths ahead of them.”
Dave Folger in Voodoo took the lead at the start of the second race. “We were in third place, behind Voodoo and Spirit,” Bacon said. “We chased them down and in the second half of the race changed places a couple times. We were ahead until near the end. We had them pinned out to the left, but they squeezed us up and forced us to tack and beat us to the line. Maggie said it was pure dinghy racing.”
The winner of the final day of Luders racing wins the “Udder series” and a special trophy, a ceramic cow-shaped cookie jar. Winners of the “sacred cow” add notes and momentos to the jar, making it a Luders racing time capsule as well as a trophy.
Behind Spirit and Mary Jane, Dave Folger in Voodoo and Scott Hirsch in Batty were tied with seven points each. Wetback, North, Surprise and Palladin rounded out the line. High schoolers Chris Booher, Connor Ratcliff and Emma Strong sailed Surprise.
The IOD fleet also got off two races Sunday to round out the season. Rick Echard and Tim Naigle captured the ‘Trollphy’ sailing Mischief.
Dakota won the first race and was the runner up in the series, also on a tiebreak rule. Puff finished third and Satin Doll fourth.