District 1  Regatta Report

Sat May 14th, 2005 through Sun May 15th, 2005

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2005 Greenwich Cup


Greenwich Cup Report by Carroll McCallum

Eight Star boats participated in the Spring Series for the Greenwich Cup held by Indian Harbor Yacht Club. The races were sailed mid-Sound southwest of Great Captain Island. Stars shared the racecourse with J105s, PHRF and Navigator division yachts which were useful as indicators of wind velocity, the major element of the racing on Saturday.

Fotis Boliakis continued winning. The first race was short with fairly regular wind out of the west, 8 knots. The second race had less wind and it suddenly turned east as we came around the leeward mark so we were reaching on the second weather leg. This actually threw Fotis off his stride and he found himself in third place half a leg behind Bill Watson. The race committee then shifted the position of the weather mark by 100 degrees and the lead two boats, vaingloriously caught thinking the course had been shortened, headed for the wrong mark and let Fotis revive his winning streak.

Other than that, it was a beautiful day on the Sound, blue sky and sparkling water. There could have been two more races in the long afternoon light. Instead there was free beer, music on the front veranda of the club and much socializing among the sailors from the various yacht divisions. To cap the evening, Fotis arranged for a very civilized dinner upstairs at the club, greatly enjoyed by the skippers and crews and their spouses who attended.

Sunday everyone was on the race course in good time, under a low gray sky, wind southeast, 12 knots, some chop; the sort of day when probably no one on shore looks out at the water and thinks “Oh how I’d love to go sailing”. But it was good sailing, the wind kept up, backed 5 degrees and veered 5 and made us pay attention. With only one race planned the committee set us a two mile weather leg and three times up and down. Then during the second run they must have thought it was getting too light because they shortened the last legs to ¾ of a mile, which made it hard, rounding the leeward mark, to find the weather mark, it was so close.

Fotis had a disgustingly perfect committee boat start, with nobody else near him. The rest of us raced to place. Having looked at the numbers, we knew whom to cover and once getting a little chance, did so heartlessly.

Jane and Hillary Lawrence joined the fleet revelry after the races and applauded the winners of extravagant Tiffany trophies awarded in giant blue boxes tied with white ribbons. For organizing such a charming regatta, Fotis would have deserved one of those even if he hadn’t so handily won it on the water.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 Total
1 Team Poseidon   Fotis Boliakis   Phil Trinter   8080   CLIS   1.0 1.0 1.0 3
2 Ciao Bella   Carroll McCallum   Peter Belknap   7715   CLIS   3.0 2.0 3.0 8
3 --   Dan Ronan   Lee Dayton   7763   Mid   2.0 3.0 5.0 10
4 High Stakes   John Henry   Jay   7248   MES   6.0 5.0 2.0 13
5 Klaudina   T De La Villehuchet   Brian Sharp   8068   Mid   5.0 6.0 4.0 15
6 --   John Bainton   Brian Joyce   7993   CLIS   7.0 4.0 7.0 18
7 Hello Mader   David Ivey     7927   Sun   8.0 7.0 6.0 21
8 --   Bill Watson   Jay Rittenhouse   8007   CLIS   4.0 10.0 [DNF] 10.0 [DNC] 24
9 Kimmar   Ben Cesare     7952   Mid   10.0 [DNC] 10.0 [DNC] 10.0 [DNC] 30

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