District 1  Regatta Report

Sat Sep 13th, 2008 through Sun Sep 14th, 2008

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2008 Bedford Pitcher (Cedar Point Open)


Report by Guy Gurney:

Fotis Boliakis, with his son Evan as crew, won the 2008 Cedar Point Open, better known as the Bedford Pitcher after the magnificent old trophy awarded to the victors. A clash of dates with the North Americans made for a smaller turnout than expected, but for the organizing fleet the good news was that a Cedar Point Yacht Club boat won the event for the first time since Dick Gordon back in 1969.

Saturday saw only one race completed in very light air, and this was dominated by the flyweights. Each of the first three boats had a combined crew weight of around 300lb, with Boliakis father and son heading the way. Second were Will Swigart and Carroll Beek MacCallum, and third Pete Cusick with his small Optimist-sailor son Jack stepping in as crew for the day. Those of us with 450lb in the boat said never mind, the forecast for Sunday was 15-20 knots...

Ha. Another light air day, with the wind maxing out at around 8 knots in the afternoon. Race officer Rich Gold did well to get in two decent races in a shifty easterly. Thierry de la Villehuchet and Witold Gesing won the first race, and Gary MacDonald and Jim Pickering nipped in second in the last race, and certainly none of those could be described as lightweights. It must be something to do with skill after all. Messrs. Boliakis, Swigart and Cusick dominated the weekend and formed a small leading group usually out ahead of the rest, going faster, especially downwind, and obviously sailing smarter.

Next year's Bedford Pitcher regatta will form the practice series for the North Americans which will be held at Cedar Point during the following days, so expect a good-sized entry.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: 1 2 3 Total
1 Team Poseidon   Fotis Boliakis   Evan Boliakis   8080   1.0 2.0 3.0 6
2 Mona Lisa   Peter Cusick   Jack Cusick/Roman Gotsulyak   7951   3.0 3.0 1.0 7
3 Ciao Bella   Will Swigart   Carroll MacCallum   7715   2.0 4.0 4.0 10
4 Night Light   Gary Macdonald   Jim Pickering   7732   6.0 5.0 2.0 13
5 Claudina   Thierry De La Villehuchet   Witold Gesing   8132   9.0 1.0 6.0 16
6 Serendipity   Bill Watson   Roger Sharp   8007   4.0 6.0 7.0 17
7 Reaux Sham Beaux   Guy Gurney   Lee Dayton   8059   7.0 8.0 5.0 20
8 Bel Ami   Thorsten Cook   Mike Young   7959   5.0 9.0 8.0 22
9 Sonya   John Chiarella   Bill Gottling   8083   8.0 7.0 9.0 24

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