District 1  Regatta Report

Sat Aug 23rd, 2003 through Sun Aug 24th, 2003

Austin Sperry, Nelson Stephenson, Will Wagner, Tom Price, Bert Collins, John Sherwood, Harry Walker, Tony Rey, Dan Ronan Thierry de la Villehuchet, and Jack Button

Austin Sperry, Nelson Stephenson, Will Wagner, Tom Price, Bert Collins, John Sherwood, Harry Walker, Tony Rey, Dan Ronan Thierry de la Villehuchet, and Jack Button

2003 Masters Regatta

 

by Chris Rogers and Harry Walker
35 Boats from 11 Fleets

The Atlantic Coast Masters for 2003 was hosted by the Mid-Connecticut Star Fleet and the Milford Yacht Club. Everyone enjoyed celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Milford Yacht Club with some terrific racing, great camaraderie and weather conditions that made for a real test. Special thanks to the Bolles family (at least 8 in attendance!) for providing beautiful trophies, race committee work and a venue centerpiece. (A perfectly restored Etchells Star #3855).

Special kudos to Alan Pritchard and John Lombard for great race committee work and organization.

This was an event that should be considered a tribute to the Star Class, its members and all that good competitive sailing is all about. It was great to see the young and old(er) family members and the new fleet members having such a good time. Special welcome to Thierry de La Villehuchet, a new fleet member.

Friday afternoon we rigged with distant thunder and thick muggy air as a cold front to our north prepared to come through later that night. It did. Saturday dawned crisp and cool, less humidity, cloudless sky, and a good 10-14 kts out of the northwest. The forecast called for building wind. It did soon after the first weather leg. There were gusts of 18-20.

The first race was delayed 15 minutes for some boats to make their 2 miles out from the harbor. Harry Walker / Tony Rey nailed the start at the Committee Boat for the perceived favored end. Shifts and pressure brought 12 boats into the first mark closely bunched. The center-left paid off on the run and the leaders had become four. Nelson Stephenson / Austin Sperry took the lead at the leeward mark and held it for the rest of the course 4, with Walker / Rey in second.

The breeze increased in the second race to a solid 17-18 kts. John Sherwood and Bert Collins were first at every mark of this race with Walker / Rey second until 300 yards from the finish. Sherwood covered #8000 allowing Joe Bainton / Todd Raynor to come second and Tom Price / Will Wagner third. The first 4 boats finished in a tight bunch.

After two races, skillful maneuvers and lots of position changes, Grand Master John Sherwood with Bert Collins led the series with finishes of 4, 1. Harry Walker, a VEGM (over 80!) with Tony Rey showed us all how to do it with finishes of 2, 4. Tom Price with Will Wagner brought home a pair of 3's. Despite one broken spar and a few competitors that made that ever-smart decision to retire, two thrilling races were successfully completed. A great day in the water was followed by daily prize giving ceremony poolside and later, a scrumptious buffet dinner in the Club Dining Room.

Sunday was another gloriously cool day that had a forecast much the same as Saturday. Breeze building. It did. Yes, the smart decision was made by a few not to go out, but 30 competitors successfully completed the third and final race of the series with a course 3 thriller in a gusty 12-20. Trapper Lippincott with Barb Vosbury led for quite a while until some aggressive "tillerwork" rendered the tiller unusable. (It broke off!) They managed to finish the race (10th) and at least one weather leg with no tiller! The Star and its sailors can accomplish amazing feats!

Nelson Stephenson with Austin Sperry, as they did in race 1, won race 3. Tom Price and Will Wagner finished 2nd and Roger Sharp with son Brian crewing finished 3rd.

With a consistent 3-3-2 Tom Price and Will Wagner won the series. Nelson Stephenson / Austin Sperry and John Sherwood / Bert Collins were tied on points with Stephenson / Sperry taking second on a tiebreaker.

The four age divisions of the Masters were represented in the top seven final positions! A statistic maybe no one noticed, but at one point or another during the racing, the two oldest skippers (Dr. Emil Karlovsky and Harry Walker, both 80+) actually had their boats in regatta leading positions! What a sport! Don't miss next year's event, reportedly being planned for a Chesapeake venue!

"You don't quit playing because you grow old. You grow old because you quit playing!


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 Total
1 Bop   Tom Price   Will Wagner   7313   CB   3.0 3.0 2.0 8
2 Bold   Nelson Stephenson   Austin Sperry   7952   CLIS   1.0 8.0 1.0 10
3 The Grinch   John Sherwood   Bert Collins   8063   CB   4.0 1.0 5.0 10.0001
4 Vingo X   Harry Walker   Tony Rey   8000   BisB   2.0 4.0 8.0 14
5 7657   Roger Sharp   Brian Sharp   7657   CLIS   5.0 11.0 3.0 19
6 Junk Yard Dog   Joe Bainton   Todd Raynor   7993   NB   12.0 2.0 6.0 20
7 Telluride   Jack Button   Chris Batchelor   7565   Mid   8.0 9.0 7.0 24
8 Serendipity   Bill Watson   David Chard   8007   CLIS   16.0 7.0 4.0 27
9 Klaudina   Thierry De La Villehuchet   Dan Ronan   8068   Mid   7.0 5.0 16.0 28
10 7951   David Chittick   Michael Chittick   7951   Mid   11.0 6.0 11.0 28.0001
11 Sonya   John Chiarella   Bob Carlson   8083   Sun   6.0 10.0 15.0 31
12 Owl   Peter Costa   Serge Leonidov   7621   BH   9.0 12.0 12.0 33
13 Bravo Yankee   Bud Converse   Reed Converse   7222   Mid   14.0 13.0 18.0 45
14 Impromptu   David Bolles   Alejandra Bolles   8035   Mid   17.0 18.0 14.0 49
15 Spunk   Ed Desmarais   Brian Ellis   7555   CA   13.0 14.0 23.0 50
16 Gessy   Bob Flower   Bob Greenlee   7530   MES   22.0 15.0 13.0 50.0001
17 Turnip Truck   John Siljander   Bob Mckie   7468   BH   15.0 16.0 19.0 50.0002
18 Its About Time   Ted Engel   Bruce Engel   7963   CA   18.0 17.0 17.0 52
19 Ice Blue   Trapper Lippincott   Barbara Vosbury   7425   AN   10.0 36.0 [OCS] 10.0 56
20 7934   Karl Von Schwarz   John Von Schwarz   7934   AN   19.0 19.0 24.0 62
21 Rebel Yell   David Thomas   Jamie Brohawn   7054   MES   24.0 24.0 20.0 68
22 Mary Jane   Sam Hopkins   Bart Kaplan   7970   AN   21.0 20.0 29.0 70
23 Teaser V   Larry Cole   George Kalfa   7409   HB   26.0 21.0 25.0 72
24 7497   Bud Elsaesser   Kris Wilson   7497   AN   25.0 22.0 28.0 75
25 Bel Ami   Thorsten Cook   Mike Young   7332   CLIS   20.0 36.0 [DNF] 21.0 77
26 Robbie Two   Charles Correll   Candy Mcgovern   7474   Mid   27.0 23.0 27.0 77.0001
27 7306   Don Cronan   Marvin Pozefsky   7306   Mid   23.0 25.0 30.0 78
28 Lil White Lie   Bob Bradford   Roger Pickall   7090   MES   36.0 [DNF] 36.0 [DNC] 9.0 81
29 6822   Rusty Bodden   Michael Whitford   6822   Mid   36.0 [DNF] 36.0 [DNC] 22.0 94
30 Bittersweet   Joe Giunti   Doug De Phillips   7724   Mid   36.0 [DNF] 36.0 [DNC] 26.0 98
31 Troika   Emil Karlovsky   Chris Rogers   7554   Mid   36.0 [DNC] 36.0 [DNC] 31.0 103
32 Mistral   Davis Buckley   Darden Pickall   7567   AN   36.0 [DNF] 36.0 [DNC] 36.0 [DNC] 108
32 Elusive   Chuck Wiley   Karen Wiley Atl   7785   MES   36.0 [DNF] 36.0 [DNC] 36.0 [DNC] 108
32 8 The Hard Way   Steve Andrews   Ailene Rogers   7371   HB   36.0 [DNF] 36.0 [DNC] 36.0 [DNC] 108
32 6612   Gerard Cayne   Jim Benedict   6612   Mid   36.0 [DNC] 36.0 [DNC] 36.0 [DNC] 108

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