Team race enthusiasts from eight JSA LIS clubs came out to SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx last week for the 2012 Malcolm McIntyre Team Racing Championships.
The teams of 6-8 sailors competed in dozens of races over three days, from July 9 to 11. The event was technically a clinegatta (part-clinic, part-regatta), although almost all of the time was spent racing. The competitors enjoyed the format, mainly because of the fun yet intense mood of the event.
“It was very competitive, especially in the top 4,” said David Bigelow, an instructor from Norwalk Yacht Club, following the conclusion of the last race. “I really believe it enhances the sailors’ ability to fleet race as well.”
“I’m here because it’s a fun experience and I want to improve my team racing skills,” Kelly Wiegold, a competitor in the regatta from Riverside Yacht Club who also team races for her high school, explained in an interview before the clinic on the first day.
One thing the participants seemed to enjoy particularly was that the coaches provided feedback at the end of each race, mentioning tactics the sailors executed well during the race and citing instances in the race where sailors showed room for improvement. Competitors also liked the chalk talks given by the coaches on the first day of the clinic.
“I really liked that we were instructed so well about how to team race,” Liam Monarchio, a returning participant in the event from Sea Cliff Yacht Club, said after the awards ceremony. Monarchio enjoys team racing because he feels it is a nice break from fleet racing, and takes pleasure in being able to work “with my teammates and getting to use lots of cool tactics.”
Noroton Yacht Club took home 1st place this year, while Riverside placed 2nd, and Larchmont received 3rd. Full results are available on the JSA website www.JsaLis.org on the regatta documents page.
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