It seems even the championship regatta cannot escape the curse that so often affects our area—no wind.
Over a hundred competitive juniors came to Centerport Yacht Club last Monday and Tuesday to experience sailing against the top sailors in their class from Long Island Sound. For a number of competitors who, like Alida Van der Eems from Shelter Island Yacht Club, were sailing in Laser/C420 champs for the first time, the regatta presented some new challenges, along with some excitement.
“It was definitely a different experience because everyone was really good,” expressed Van der Eems. “It was still very fun, and all of the competition certainly helped keep me on my A-game.”
Many also had positive comments about the Race Committee and the general organization of the regatta.
“It was very well run, overall a very good regatta,” said Allison Ferraris, a C420 sailor from Orient Yacht Club for whom this was also the first Laser/C420 championships.
“Although the racecourse was a little tough to manage, especially with the small starting line, I think the Race Committee overall did a good job at keeping it fair for everyone,” explained Pearson Potts, a coach at Pequot Yacht Club.
However, while this event succeeded in entertainment and fairness, it lacked in wind. On Monday, the wind picked up in the afternoon allowing for 5 races (although rather short ones) to be completed. On Tuesday though, there was no breeze at all. After a nearly 3 hour on water postponement, the Race Committee called the regatta and returned sailors to shore just after 1pm.
The Pequot team of Russell Clarida & Tristan Sess won the C420 division, while Peter Duncan from American won the Laser Standard Division, and American’s Samuel Papert took home first in the Laser Radial division. Full results are available on the JSA website (www.JsaLis.org) on the "Regatta Documents and Results" page.