Admiral Farragut Regatta sees home team succeed

Farragut residents Vlasta Kunc, left, Bill Bradshaw, right, and John Lindahl took second place at the 60th Annual Admiral Farragut Regatta at Concord Yacht Club May 6-7. Here, they get ready for the starting air horn of the third of four races.
The wind was crazy on Sunday morning, May 7. In the last race, Bill Bradshaw and his sailing partners, Vlasta Kunc and John Lindahl, were in second place with five Thistle sailboats behind them when they hit a “hole,” a windless spot on the lake.

“There were crazy wind shifts,” Bradshaw said. “We had been in first or second place, but coming into the first mark, we were dead last. At the very last, the wind got really squirrelly and shifted almost 180 degrees and then shifted again almost 180 degrees.”

Bradshaw and Vlasta ended up taking second place in the 60th Annual Admiral Farragut Regatta at the Concord Yacht Club — not bad considering how far behind they were.

“It was just luck,” Bradshaw said.

The regatta took place Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, with two races each day.

On Sunday morning, Tom Hudson and R.G. Smithson were on the lake early to get a feel for the wind as they decided where to place floating markers that would outline the course.

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Klassen featured Town artist

Farragut wood turner Robert Klassen highlights one of his pieces being displayed as part of Farragut Arts Council Featured Artist program for May and June. His works are being displayed in a special glass case on the second floor of Farragut Town Hall.
What started out as just a retirement hobby for Farragut wood turner Robert Klassen evolved into an art form.

Klassen takes wood and creates bowls, vases, boxes and decorative ornaments in a variety of colors and grains.

Farragut Arts Council presents Klassen as the featured artist for May and June. His work is being shown in Farragut Town Hall.

The artist, a retired engineer, decided to take up turned wood as a way to stay active.

“I was approaching retirement and I have to stay active,” Klassen said. “I was at a friend’s house in Cookeville one time, and he turned a piece [of wood], and I thought to myself, ‘I know I can do that.’ So, the next day I bought a machine.”

He turned wood on that machine for about two years.

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Estus named new CAK AD

Ried Estus, most recently assistant principal at Christian Academy of Knoxville high school, recenlty was named CAK high school’s new athletic director.

A former Warriors soccer head coach, Estus will assume his new post June 1. Estus has been with CAK since 2009 and has more than 20 years of experience as an athletic director, most recently at Lees-McRae College, where he was induced in 2013, into the Fred I. Dickerson Hall o Fame.

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