Grapevine Lake, a freshwater lake in Grapevine, Texas was recently the site of the 2011 Catalina 22 (C22) National Championship Regatta from June 18-23.  Among the competitors was Johns Creek, Ga. firefighter Bob Scott, who World Financial Group (WFG) is supporting in the 2011 World Police and Fire Games in New York beginning August 26. 

In the Catalina 22 regatta, Bob sailed on his Catalina 22 named Halligan – named after Bob’s favorite firefighting tool found on a fire engine useful in forcing open doors. Bob told WFG Sports that Grapevine Lake shares similarities with his training lake, Lake Lanier in northern Georgia when the winds are calm. However, during the practice runs Bob and his fellow competitors on Grapevine Lake, the winds approached 20 miles an hour with day having gusts up to 25 mph, making preparations for the regatta challenging for the competitors.

The first series of races of the C22 was the Spinnaker fleet race, named for the type and number of sails (up to three) featured on the Catalina.  In the two races Bob sailed in for this fleet, he finished in the top five and came in fourth overall.

The C22 National Championships were determined in the second race.  In the Genoa Fleet race, so named because only two sails are allowed on the boats, Bob had five top-ten finishes four of which were in the top five.  Overall, Bob placed fourth in the C22 National Championships, his best result in his sailing this regatta.  Congratulations Bob!

Keep reading the WFG sports blog, wfgsports.com, for the latest on Bob Scott as he prepares for the 2011 World Police and Fire Games.

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