There was wind in their sails after all.

After fears of no wind taunted hopeful sailboat racers, Mike Campbell, the co-race captain with the Astoria Yacht Club, said the weather prediction turned out to be false. A healthy wind picked up and the Astoria Regatta Sailboat Races began.

"It was a successful two-day Regatta," Campbell said. "The winds did materialize ... a nice breeze came around and we got some good races."

The overall winner of the 2004 Astoria Regatta Boat Races was the Mental Floss, owned by Doug Martin of the Longview (Wash.) Yacht Club. Second place was Dean Wood's Black Aye, also from the Longview Yacht Club, and third place was the Wild Hare, owned by Malcolm Boyle of the Astoria Yacht Club.

Englund Marine provided gift certificates of $100, $75 and $50 to the three winners.

The course was roughly four miles long and traced an area from the port docks, down to Pier 29 and back.

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