|District 1 Regatta Report|| |
Sat Jun 18th, 2005 through Sun Jun 19th, 2005
| 2005 ARMS Ė WHITE|
JUNE 18 -19
by John MacCausland
This yearís event was started off on Friday morning with a clinic run by John MacCausland, with 15 participants and 5 boats on the water. It was a great success. Instead of the standard measuring of the boats and checking the rig tension on Friday morning, we talked about many of the new developments that have been brought to us from the past Olympics, things such as foil leading edge shape and raising the jib higher than the standard amount off the wind. Also we talked about the ability to have the crew standing off the wind. Along with these topics we also covered what was the equipment that the top teams were using. This was a great way to get all the participants up to speed in the modern Star Class.
After lunch all the boats were put in the water and we had a good session on the water. By the way, it was done in the best breeze of the weekend. John MacCausland was aboard each of the boats and helped with the rig setup, sail trim and general questions that each team had. All and all it was a great day for all who participated.
By the time registration ended Saturday morning we had a small but talented fleet of nineteen boats from the Northeast. The first race was a good light air affair in which Fotis Boliakis and Roman Gotsulyak lead wire to wire and extended their lead at every mark for a commanding win. The second race of the day was characterized by two major wind shifts. The first leg it was hard to the right and the second weather leg it was to the left. Joe Bainton & Tod Raynor figured it out perfectly and lead wire to wire for a decisive win. With this finish Joe & Tod lead the way overall after Saturday.
As usual the Milford Yacht Club and the Mid-Connecticut Star Fleet put on a very nice dinner Saturday night. The day was long and by 9 PM everybody was off to bed.
Sunday started off with more breeze than the previous day. We had a nice 11 to 13 knots from the southeast. As with each of the last two races the leader at the first mark won the race. This time it was John MacCausland and Kevin Murphy, extending at each mark. John & Kevin sailed in for a comfortable win. Sunday morning was cloudy and by the finish of the first race the sun started to poke its head through the clouds. This was the start of the end of the wind.
Race number two on Sunday started off in very light and spotty air. John Lombard & Brian Sharp lead at the first mark. This race was going to be very difficult to hold your lead. John & Brian did a very good job of staying in front until the last run to the finish. Ben Cesare & Doug Carey slipped by for the win just at the finish line. John MacCausland & Kevin Murphy rounded out the top three in this race securing the overall win. With Benís win in the last race he slid into second overall. Joe Bainton with Tod Raynor sailed a very solid event to finish third overall.
Again year after year the Mid-Connecticut Star fleet along with the Milford Yacht Club hosted a very well run event. Letís all make an effort to bring one more boat along and get the numbers back to where they belong again next year.
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