District 2  Regatta Report

Sat Sep 27th, 2003 through Sun Sep 28th, 2003

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2003 Oxford Fall Wind-Up

 

2003 OXFORD FALL WIND-UP
By John MacCausland

I arrived in Oxford at eleven am Friday morning hoping to get some sailing in before the regatta. Most of the time I am the first person on site, but when I arrived there were at least five other boats with the same idea. There seemed to be a lot of interest in this regatta, the weather report seemed good and Oxford is a great place to go this time of the year. To bad the weather on Friday did not cooperate: lots of sun and not much wind. So the day was spent rigging and preparing for the racing.

Oxford was hit pretty hard by hurricane Isabel. Most of the damage came from flooding. The yacht club was spared from the flooding. The water was within inches of the front door of the club. The club staff did a great job in cleaning up the club grounds and making everything ready for the regatta.

Twenty-eight boats from places as far away as Florida, Chicago, Boston, Toronto were on site to start the 52nd Annual Oxford Fall Wind-Up. Out on the race course things looked good to get started right away. But the preverbal black cloud came over the course and slowed things down. After a short postponement we were able to start the first race. By the first mark it was Ben Cesare with Brian Sharp in the lead with the fleet in close pursuit. The breeze was on its way down on the first run and by the leeward mark it had become very light. The next beat featured a ninety degree left shift that shook up the fleet but Ben Cesare and Tom Price who were first and second at the leeward mark survived and were still in the top two spots at the second weather mark. The run to the finish was a parade with very little change in position.

Race two was sailed in very nice conditions. Again the racing was very close. In the end it was Arthur Anosov with Peter Carson taking the gun. By the end of the day Tom Price and Will Wagner were leading with a 2-5. Next was John MacCausland and Brad Nichol with a 6-2. Rounding out the top three was Ben Cesare and Brian Sharp with a 1-10.

One race was scheduled for Sunday the forecast did not look great but by the time we all left the dock and arrived at the race course things did not look too bad. Fifteen to eighteen knot of wind from the Northwest and blue sky coming. By the first mark John MacCausland and Brad Nichol were in the lead with Ben Cesare in close pursuit and regatta leader tom Price in fifth place. We were sailing a triangular course and on the first reach MacCausland and Cesare got a puff that the rest of the fleet did not get. The pair was able to open up a good lead on the fleet. As the race went on the top two positions did not change. Tom Price did a nice job to get back to third in the race. With their win MacCausland and Nichol sealed the overall win. Tom Price and Will Wagner sailed a very good series to finish second and rounding out the top three was Ben Cesare and Brian Sharp.

We had a great turnout this year. Letís all try next year to bring one more boat with us and we can have an unbelievable regatta. Thanks again to Richard Lippincott and the staff at the Tred Avon Yacht Club for putting on such a great event.


Star
Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 Total
1 Erin   Maccausland   Nichol   8113   CR   6.0 2.0 1.0 9
2 Bop   Price   Wagner   7313   CB   2.0 5.0 3.0 10
3 Kimmar   Cesare   Sharp   7952   Mid   1.0 10.0 2.0 13
4 7640   Anosov   Carson   7640   TaB   11.0 1.0 6.0 18
5 7225   Perce   Nevel   7225   WH   10.0 4.0 5.0 19
6 8063   Collins   Avellon   8063   AN   8.0 6.0 8.0 22
7 Mongrel   Gurney   Leonidov   7890   CLIS   16.0 7.0 4.0 27
8 7370   Emmet   Baltins   7370   AN   5.0 15.0 11.0 31
9 Night Light   Macdonald   Lavery   7732   BH   4.0 11.0 17.0 32
10 Ice Blue   Lippincott   Mcateer   7425   AN   9.0 12.0 12.0 33
11 Alexia   Oldak   Henry   7939   AN   3.0 16.0 15.0 34
12 8038   Vanderhoff   Perkins   8038   NCB   21.0 8.0 7.0 36
13 Gessy   Flower   Greenlee   7530   MES   24.0 9.0 10.0 43
14 Jade   Jenkins   Dupont   7307   MES   14.0 17.0 13.0 44
15 Remarc   Cramer     7793   LOC   15.0 14.0 16.0 45
16 Zeus   Boliakis   Gardner   7465   CLIS   13.0 19.0 14.0 46
17 Madd Jack   Vickers   Lichter   7089   AN   26.0 13.0 9.0 48
18 Second Mouse   Alt   Hardin   7786   MES   7.0 22.0 23.0 52
19 Hurrying Angel   North   Jallot   7162   MES   12.0 24.0 18.0 54
20 8087   Mcneil   Mininger   8087   AN   23.0 3.0 29.0 [OCS] 55
21 Lil' White Lie   Bradford   Pickall   7090   MES   17.0 23.0 21.0 61
22 Aire Puppy   Parrotta   Marley   7688   NCB   20.0 20.0 22.0 62
23 7512   Balderson   Borchardt   7512   MES   27.0 18.0 20.0 65
24 Star Struck Again   Elliott   Campbell   7568   MES   25.0 21.0 19.0 65.0001
25 7497   Wilson   Elsaesser   7497   AN   19.0 27.0 25.0 71
26 Rebel Yell   Thomas   Brohawn   7054   MES   18.0 25.0 29.0 [OCS] 72
27 Lucky   Murdoch   Langhammerer   7102   MES   22.0 26.0 24.0 72.0001
28 Mary Jane   Hopkins   Boykin   7970   AN   28.0 28.0 26.0 82

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