|District 1 Regatta Report|| |
Sat Aug 25th, 2007 through Sun Aug 26th, 2007
Winners Carroll McCallum and William Swigart
| 1st Master: William Swigart|
1st Grand Master: Peter Costa
1st Exalted Grand Master: Harry Walker
1st Very Exalted Grand Master: Emil Karlovsky
Seventeen boats from 8 fleets and 4 districts showed up for the New England Masters’ Regatta, held this year at Larchmont Y.C., Larchmont, NY, USA, one of the original yacht clubs to have Stars in their fleet roster in 1911. While there are presently no Stars sailed out of Larchmont on a regular basis, two of Mid-Connecticut Star Fleet’s members are members of Larchmont, Thierry de la Villehuchet and Dan Ronan, and it was through their efforts in conjunction with race officer Cynthia Parthemos that the yacht club hosted this year’s New England Masters’.
Saturday saw a wind out of the Southwest, generally in the 5 to 10 knot range with plenty of shifts. The highlight of the first race of the day was that during the second beat of a course 4 the wind shifted very substantially to the left. While the leaders found themselves scrambling to get back into the race, a contingent, led by Emil Karlovsly / Tod Raynor, rounded the windward mark in the lead which they were able to hold to the finish.
In the second race of the day, also on course 4, Jock Kohlhas with Roman Gotsulyak as crew was able to repeat his Bacardi win and led the fleet from the first mark, finishing with a substantial lead over the eventual winners of the regatta, Will Swigart and Carroll McCallum, and the rest of the fleet.
That evening the regatta participants were treated to a delicious dinner put on by Larchmont Y.C.
The forecast for Sunday was not very encouraging, but Race Officer Cyntia Parthemos smelled wind in the air and had the fleet set off in search of it. After some wait the wind decided to oblige, this time out of the Northwest. After a rather messy start, caused by the wind deciding to almost shut down right at the gun, Will Swigart / Carroll McCallum got away cleanly and as the wind began to pick up again were able to keep in the freshening wind ahead of the rest of the fleet. By the first mark on course 3 they had a commanding lead and never looked back, going on to win the race and the regatta.
Thanks to Cynthia Parthemos and her crew for a well-run regatta and Larchmont Y.C. for inviting us once again to sail at one of the original homes of the Stars.
2812 Canon Street
San Diego, California 92106 USA
Phone: +1 619 222 0252
Fax: +1 619 222 0528
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