Top Geezer Steve Lang wins his 4th Geezer Gatta!

Geezer (ge-zer) slang, Not Young, Not Dead, Somewhere In Between.

Twenty Seven of these RC sailing geezers descended on Mount Juliet, TN for one of the best RC regattas in the country. Mt Juliet is just a few miles east of Nashville with the actual regatta sailed at Dell Webb’s Lake Providence community.

The Lake Providence RC Club handles all the arrangements for this unique regatta. They handle home stay for visiting skippers, meals for the group consisting of two dinners, two lunches and a light breakfast each morning, and two days of great racing with a slick scoring system that is shown on a large flat screen TV at the sailing site. The scoring is computed after each race and shows individual as well as team placement.

Saturday’s sailing started with B sails until after lunch when the wind piped in at 16 to 20. The original forecast was for poor weather conditions most of the day. The weatherman was wrong! Along with the stiff breeze the sun was out the entire day. The smooth water made great planing conditions during the afternoon races.

Sunday the weather was much different than Saturday. The boats used both A and B sails, switching back and forth during the day.

After two days of sailing 48 heats the top two skippers were only separated by one point. Steve Lang, former Lake Providence resident, won the regatta over Ron Stephanz who has sailed in this regatta since it’s inception. Newcomers Dave Branning placed third, Bill Coppage fourth, with Jerry Fernald placing fifth.

1st Place Team:
Ron Stephanz, John Peipon, Bill Snyder

Place Skipper
1 Steve Lang
2 Ron Stephanz
3 Dave Branning
4 Bill Coppage
5 Jerry Fernald
6 Rodney Beason
7 Tom Lucke
8 Nick Mortgu
9 Charlie Roberson
10 Dick Azzam
11 Rick Brookover
11 Harry Henkel
13 Tim Dewitt
14 Rick Campen
15 John Peipon
16 Randy McDonald
17 Bill Snyder
18 Hank Buchanan
19 Joe Jaworski
20 Jeannie Vaughan
20 Skip Steagall
22 Bill Jenkins
22 Bob Shively
24 David Groce
25 Ann Gates
26 Bill Pecoul