117 sailors excitedly rigged their Optis July 10 amidst a nice Southeasterly for the annual Shelter Island Yacht Club Opti regatta.
With excellent breeze, many sailors at the event were very enthusiastic about getting in races and qualifying for JSA Opti Championships.
“There was a good breeze, which was a good change from most regattas,” Walter Henry, a blue-fleeter from Seawanhaka Yacht Club, said after the awards ceremony. “It was a good regatta; I really liked it.”
Another thing people found exciting about the regatta was that there were such a large number of competitors.
“It was really intense, especially since there were a lot of people,” Aidan Glackin, a spectator watching his sisters Rachael and Dana compete in the regatta, said just after he got to shore after the races.
Additionally, sailors found the quality and fairness of the Race Committee at the event top notch. During the skippers’ meeting, the Race Committee told all of the skippers to feel free to ask questions about the race, and speak to a Race Committee member if they were unsure about anything while on the water. This set the tone for the Race Committee’s actions throughout the day.
When often Race Committees are seen as being functional but not particularly noteworthy, it was interesting to see an instance in which the Race Committee was one of the competitors’ favorite aspects of the regatta.
“The sailing staff loves to run a good event,” Jeff Bresnahan, the PRO of the regatta and Sailing Director at Shelter Island, commented in an interview after the awards ceremony. “We love to see kids sailing in a fun but competitive level.”
The winner in white fleet was Seawanhaka’s Madeleine Rice, while Thomas Rice, also from Seawanhaka, won blue fleet, and Cecilia de Havenon of Devon Yacht Club took home first place for red fleet. Full results are available on the regatta documents page on the JSA’s website www.JsaLis.org