District 1  Regatta Report

Fri Jul 8th, 2005 through Sun Jul 10th, 2005

Regatta Base

2005 1st District Championship


Report by David Bolles:
Twenty boats from all but one of the 1st District fleets participated in the 2005 1st District Championship, a combination Blue Star / Green Star event. The event was hosted this year by the Mid-Connecticut Star Fleet. This year a couple of well-known names have moved into the District, and we are happy to be able to welcome Rodrigo Meireles and Phil Trinter to 1st District racing.

Because of the remnants of Hurricane Cindy passing through, Long Island Sound dished up more than its usual winds. Each day began stately enough, but as the starting time for the first race of the day neared the winds continued to build, providing for some exciting sailing and racing.

The event was scheduled to begin on Friday. The boats all dutifully arrived at the starting line somewhat ahead of the scheduled start, and as they cruised back and forth the wind and waves built to the point where there was some spectacular planing going on. Just as the race was about to get underway a really solid gust of wind came through and the Race Committee, ably head by Ed Becker, decided that this was going to be more than the boats needed and called it a day.

Saturday again started off quietly enough and there was fear that the three scheduled races wouldn’t be completed. However, again as the start of the first race neared the wind built to a nice 15-20 knot westerly and the three races got off in fine style. Racing amongst the top boats was tight and the gun went to three different teams, Dave Perry / John Countney, John Bainton / Will Christensen, and John Lombard / Rodrigo Meireles. During the second race, Fotis Boliakis and Phil Trinter, who were near the top at the time, got holed in the starboard bow and had to retire for the day.

Continuing the pattern of the day beginning calmly enough, Sunday brought a pleasant northwesterly. There was a delay in the starting time because the wind was oscillating between 220° and 300°, making the job of setting up the starting line near to impossible. Finally the wind seemed to settle into a northwesterly and the first race got off. A few boats, headed by John Lombard and Rodrigo Meireles, decided that there would be more north in the wind as the race progressed and went out to the right layline. Good call, but unfortunately for them the race was abandoned. Due to the increasing strength of the wind and breakdowns (one of the top boats decided to put on a show and broached to windward doing a nice death roll just after rounding the windward offset mark), several boats thought it prudent to call it a day and went in. (The death roll guys continued to race for the rest of the day.)

The real race 4 then got underway and Lombard and Meireles again led the way to get their second gun of the series. For the final race Peter Cusick and Serge Leonidov put it together to get the gun. John Lombard and Rodrigo Meireles managed to take the series by one point, followed by Fotis Boliakis and Phil Trinter. Fotis also won the Green Star. Peter Cusick / Serge Leonidov and John Bainton / Will Christensen were tied on points, with Pete and Serge taking third on the tie-breaker.

The Milford Yacht Club hosted nice dinners on Friday and Saturday nights. Special thanks to the race committee members, headed by Ed Becker and assisted by Alan Pritchard and crew in the mark boat, for putting up with three long, trying days, bouncing around in the boats.

Place Boat Skipper Crew Sail #: Fleet 1 2 3 4 5 Total
1 Hayaku   John Lombard   Rodrigo Meireles   7728   Mid   6.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 8
2 Team Poseidon   Fotis Boliakis   Phil Trinter   8080   CLIS   2.0 2.5 [RDG, 2.5] 2.5 [RDG, 2.5] 2.0 6.0 9
3 Mona Lisa   Peter Cusick   Serge Leonidov   7951   Mid   8.0 5.0 2.0 6.0 1.0 14
4 Junk Yard Puppy   John Bainton   Will Christensen   7993   NB   4.0 1.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 14.0001
5 Kimmar   Benjamin Cesare   Patrick Bodden   7952   Mid   9.0 6.0 3.0 7.0 3.0 19
6 Night Light   Gary Macdonald   Greg Gahlinger   7732   BH   7.0 12.0 10.0 5.0 2.0 24
7 Maria II   Jack Button   Chris Batchelor   8152   Mid   12.0 7.0 6.0 8.0 7.0 28
8 Telluride   Dave Perry   John Courtney   7565   CLIS   1.0 4.0 21.0 [RAF] 3.0 21.0 [DNF] 29
9 Serendipity   Bill Watson   Brian Sharp   8007   CLIS   3.0 3.0 4.0 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 31
10 Klaudina   Thierry De La Villehuchet   Danny Ronan   8068   Mid   13.0 8.0 8.0 9.0 21.0 [DNC] 38
11 Don't Look Back   Stephen Braverman   Bob Coyle   8052   BH   11.0 11.0 9.0 10.0 21.0 [DNC] 41
12 Impromptu   David Bolles   Wachter / Carlson   8035   Mid   16.0 14.0 14.0 11.0 8.0 47
13 Bold   Nelson Stephenson   Doug Carey   8218   CLIS   10.0 10.0 7.0 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 48
14 Troika   Emil Karlovsky   Chris Rogers   7554   Mid   14.0 9.0 13.0 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 57
15 8 the Hard Way   Stephen Andrews   Ailene Rogers   7371   HB   18.0 15.0 12.0 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 66
16 7763   Bear Hovey   Lee Dayton   7763   Mid   5.0 21.0 [DNF] 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 68
17 Ingrid Ekholm   Rich Gordon   Desmond Walsh   7604   CLIS   15.0 21.0 [DNF] 11.0 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 68.0001
18 Bel Ami   Thorny Cook   Mike Young   7959   CLIS   17.0 13.0 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 72
19 Robbie II   Charles Correll   Daniel Valleau   7474   Mid   20.0 17.0 15.0 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 73
20 7650   Carlos Rivero   Jeffrey MacKenzie   7650   BH   19.0 16.0 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 21.0 [DNC] 77

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