2018-09-06 / Sports

Extra Points: Puff wins Finton Cup


PUFF MOVES through the water during the last race for the Northport Bay Yacht Club. Photo: Glenn Van Otteran PUFF MOVES through the water during the last race for the Northport Bay Yacht Club. Photo: Glenn Van Otteran Labor Day weekend was the final weekend for the Northport Bay Yacht Club.

Members of the yacht club was for the Max Finton PreMemorial Cup, which was established in 1980 to honor founding member and club mentor Dr. Max Finton. Three boats were just a point apart before Saturday’s finale.

“Most boats took the line course to the south island buoy,” Commodore Mike Sinclair said. “Downwind, helms-woman Peg Kroll kept Puff well towards the wind.”

At the turn, Puff trailed Paradox by just 15 seconds with Bill Allen in Pegasus 15 more seconds behind in third. In the new southerly wind, the leg up to the bell buoy was a fast one according to Sinclair.

Paradox pulled away and Pegasus gradually overhauled Puff, which headed out into the bay in search of higher wind.

“The final leg from the bell buoy to the Northport marina was a close, led by Paradox, Pegasus and Puff right behind,” Sinclair said. “The rest of the fleet was close behind.”

Kristin B II, captained by Mike Cann, was leading the fleet behind the top three. After a fast 90 minutes or less, Puff won the cup by 40 seconds from Pegasus with Paradox one minute and 30 seconds back in third.

“It was an excellent afternoon’s sailing,” Sinclair said.

On the following day, the Northport Bay Yacht Club held its final social event and annual general meeting. Commodore d’Cuisine Tom Kalber, among others, prepared a superb slow cooked chicken and pork with salsa and sauce.

According to Sinclair, members supplemented the food with salads, a memorable selection of baked beans and deserts.

The meeting was to decide the 2019 elected officers for the Northport Bay Yacht Club.

The Commodore for 2019 will be Campbell McLeod and Vice Commodore will be Jim Richardson. The Commodore d’Cuisine will remain Tom Kalber and the Secretary will be Shelley Lavey. The new club treasurer will be Mike Cann.

In the Saturday races, Puff finished in first, with Chris and John Woomer in Grin second and Kristin B II in third. For the Tuesday races, Mr. Wizzard, captained by John Zevelkink, finished in first. Puff finished in second and Kristin B II finished in third.

Borkovich returns to Rome

After three starts in Florida for the Fire Frogs, a familiar face is returning to Rome.

For the remainder of the season, after an injury to a starter, Walter Borkovich will be in the rotation for the Rome Braves.

In his three starts in Florida, Borkovich has accumulated 17 innings pitched, and didn’t allow a run. He didn’t walk any batters, and struck out 12 in the starts.

Borkovich earned one win on the mound, and still has a zero earned run average for the High-A ball club. Since returning to Rome, Borkovich has started three games, and has lowered his minor league earned run average to 1.67.

Throughout his minor league career, Borkovich has compiled a record of 8-3 and has appeared in 50 games with his 1.67 earned run average. He has started six games in his career, all this year, and saved five games in nine opportunities.

Borkovich has pitched in 113 innings and allowed just 21 earned runs, with a 18 walks and 86 strikeouts.

Harvest Stompede slated for Saturday

Wine Weekend starts with a fun 5k.

The annual event is sponsored by and starts at Ciccone Vineyard. A hand full of Leelanau Peninsula Wine Makers also help sponsor the event.

The race begins at 9 a.m., and is coupled with a wine tasting weekend that has been enjoyed by both the competitive runner and the curious walker according to previous runners.

The course is one of a kind, and travels through a few different vineyard rows and trails in the majestic rolling hills of the Leelanau Peninsula.

Packet pick-up will take place on Friday from 4-9 p.m. at the Ciccone Vineyard in the big red barn. Signing up at packet pick-up will not include a t-shirt for the event.

There is no morning of race registration, so runners should attend packet pick-up to register for the race.

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