Vertigo grabs what little wind is available to take the lead in the final race of the summer series. (Photo by Bill Walker)

Buys wins race; Walker wins series / Sailing

Shannon Buys skippered Vertigo to victory in the final night of racing in the Oak Harbor Yacht Club’s summer Magic Juan series Thursday, Aug. 3, but it wasn’t enough to unseat Bill Walker and Ehu Kai from the top spot in the overall standings.

Walker finished the nine race series with 19 points, eight points in front of runner-up Chad Holcomb and Yeah Dogg.

Buys was third with 31 points, followed by Jim McAlpine (Lucky Jim, 34.5 points), Dave Steckman (Renaissance, 38), Rex Dupuis (Gadzooks, 48) and Rick Almberg (Slingshot, 51.5).

The results are unofficial until approved by the race committee.

In the series finale Thursday, Buys did something no other skipper did — finish.

Buys “rode every puff, every lift and ripple” on the calm waters to win the race, according to Walker. The eight other boats sat stranded short of the finish line waiting for wind.

The boats will begin the fall series Thursday, Aug. 10.

The Oak Harbor Yacht Club Sail Fleet is open to all skippers and interested crew members. For more information, contact Bill Weinsheimer at ohsailfleet@gmail.com

Shannon Buys and his crew, son Thomas, sailed Vertigo to first place Thursday. (Photo by Bill Walker)

Rick Almberg, left, Allen Wilson, Bill Weinsheimer, Jason Polly and Dave Steckman discus the race course. (Photo by Bill Walker)

It’s not a promising sight for sail racing when the marina flags go limp. (Photo by Bill Walker)

Rick Almberg advises Chad Holcomb and Erik Mann on preparations aboad Yeah Dogg. (Photo by Bill Walker)

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