District 12  Regatta Report

Sat Jul 12th, 2003 through Sun Jul 13th, 2003

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2003 New York State Championship


The New York State Championships were held on Seneca Lake this past weekend. A small but talented group of sailors arrived on Saturday morning with the expectation of sailing the first of 5 scheduled races. Mother nature did not cooperate as the wind was blowing in access of 30kts in the puffs.

The race committee opted to keep the group on shore but Kevin Murphy (LH) and Richard Burgess Jr (SL) opted to test the waters. It was really great on the reaches and going upwind was a bit of work but fun. The RC saw that we were able to handle the breeze and announced that they were going to try to get a race going. Very shortly after that announcement the wind increased to over 30kts and they blew 3 guns (the right decision).

On Sunday we awoke to a moderate northwest breeze. The fleet left the harbor and we started what was to be the first of three races. John MacCausland who was debuting the new G section Spartech mast, won the first race with local sailor Kurt Reynolds 2nd and Lake Sunapee sailor John Chiarella 3rd. The second race saw the wind start to decrease and the RC decided to shorten the race. Richard Burgess Jr won with Lil Mac 2nd, and Kevin Murphy (LH) was 3rd.

The wind built back up between the 2nd and 3rd races so the RC started us. The breeze stayed until we were down the run and it started to fade away to very light. As the leaders approached the leeward mark the RC made the decision to shorten the race and finish on the next upwind leg. We all sat a the leeward mark with zero wind for 5 to 10 minutes and watched Kurt Reynolds sail from 300 meters back to join the group waiting for him at the leeward mark. The breeze came with Kurt and Richard Burgess Jr. was the first to get into it. Reynolds used his momentum to get around the mark and back into the new wind. The finishes were Burgess Jr. 1st, Reynolds 2nd, Hendershot (CAN) 3rd and Lil Mac 4th.

For young Richard and old Richard Burgess to win two races, shortened or not was a really great feat, and to be able to sail with my son was really great winning or not.

In the end it was Lil Mac getting the big prize with 7 points, and son Richard 2nd with 9 points, and Reynolds 3rd tied with Hendershot with 14 points.

The Seneca Yacht Club and their members did an outstanding job of hosting the New York State Championships and a very special thank you to Bob Westcott for putting it all together.

by Rick Burgess

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 Total
1 8184   J Maccausland   Bruce Hatfield   8184     1.0 2.0 4.0 7
2 7824   Rick Burgess Jr   Rick Burgess   7824     7.0 1.0 1.0 9
3 7122   Kurt Reynolds   Danny White   7122     2.0 10.0 2.0 14
4 6756   W Hendershot   Fouereau   6756     4.0 7.0 3.0 14.0001
5 7930   John Chiarella   Terry Fletcher   7930     3.0 8.0 7.0 18
6 7271   Bob Westcott   Jim Christian   7271     11.0 4.0 5.0 20
7 7726     Scott   7726     6.0 3.0 14.0 [DNF] 23
8 7369   Steve Haarstick   White   7369     9.0 5.0 9.0 23.0001
9 7047   Phil Haggerty   Thayer   7047     5.0 9.0 10.0 24
10 7463   Werner Holtze   Carey   7463     10.0 6.0 8.0 24.0001
11 6997   Jamie Delaporte   Bryant   6997     8.0 12.0 6.0 26
12 7783   Tom White   Doug Carey   7783     12.0 11.0 11.0 34
13 6569   Brud Nicholson   Jim Hendee   6569     14.0 [DNS] 14.0 [DNS] 14.0 [DNS] 42

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