|District 1 Regatta Report|| |
Sat Oct 9th, 2004 through Sun Oct 10th, 2004
| Larchmont Yacht Club - Columbus Day Regatta|
Including The Star Class Western Long Island Sound Championship & The New England Championships
Report by Brad Nichol
One could not have asked for a more perfect sailing weekend for the Star boat’s return to Larchmont YC. Saturday saw warm air and water with a nice 8-10 knot southwesterly. Race one was started around 1pm after the Etchels, IODs, Shields, and S Boats. The left looked promising but it was max ebb across the sound. Most of the fleet started at the boat and went right to try to get out of the current while three boats played the left. At the first mark Fotis Boliakis sailing with Austin Sperry lead the pack followed by John MacCausland and Kevin Murphy who both came out of the right. Close behind were Horton, Kohlhas, and Watson who came from the left. Downwind the Stars battled with the S Boats and a few Shields for clear lanes with tight racing amongst the top five.
On the second beet Bill Watson sailing with Brian Sharp caught an early lefty putting them in strong position behind Boliakis at the weather mark. Downwind MacCausland jibed away from the pack and got some legs to set up a good finish line battle with Andy Horton and Brad Nichol who split jibes twice to come out on top of MacCausland in third behind Boliakis and Watson.
The second race had a left shift before the start and the fleet flopped on to port off the line. This is where the current started to show its power as the boat to leeward on port tack always had the advantage, even as the good puffs were coming from the left. Joe Bainton and Tod Raynor were able to get out to an early lead at the first mark and carried it around the course. Behind them at the finish were Horton and MacCausland.
In the final race of the day many of the competitors thought the current would have switched but it was apparent at the first weather mark when MacCausland, Horton, and Watson were in a tight battle on the layline, and they all ended up short and had to make two tacks. Down wind Boliakis got out to a solid lead while the others caused a commotion at the weather mark and lead the rest of the way. Andy Horton and Brad Nichol were able to figure out the shifts to finish second ahead of Bill Watson.
A cold front came through Saturday night providing for a cool clear Sunday morning with a very puffy northwesterly. After the star sailors gathered on the porch of Larchmont YC to read the paper, racing got off at 12:30 on day two.
With a bit more wind, the starts got more interesting. The first start was recalled with many boats over early. The second start had some commotion at the boat with Boliakis and Sperry drawing a costly foul. The fleet flopped early in a left shift but the race was characterized by oscillating puffs and plenty of opportunity. Andy Horton mixed it up with Joe Bainton, Jock Kohlhas, and John MacCausland edging out a victory on the final run over Bainton. Jock Kohlhas sailing with Rick Burgess was third ahead of MacCausland.
In the final race of the regatta the wind started to shift left and continued to do so despite a few right side puffs. Many boats peeled off after the start in the left pressure while Boliakis and Horton pinned the bottom half of the line out to the left. When the boats on the left finally flopped they looked golden on the layline until the right came in and MacCausland and Kohlhas rounded one-two. It was a one-jibe run as the lefty came back leading to a course change at the leeward mark. On the final beet Boliakis, Kohlhas, and Horton were locked in a tight battle in the middle on port when an S Boat crossed the course on starboard. Boliakis and Kohlhas were able to cross while Andy Horton was not and was forced out to the left. Meanwhile John MacCausland took a commanding lead, which he carried to the finish. MacCausland, Boliakis, and Watson jibed at the weather mark while Kohlhas and Horton played the left. The right filled carrying MacCausland to victory in race 5 followed by Boliakis, and Watson. Horton jibed early to try to catch the righty but was caught in the middle as Kohlhas finished fourth with Horton in fifth.
Overall Andy Horton and Brad Nichol held on for the regatta victory carrying with it the trophies for the Columbus Day Regatta (first for the Stars since 1963 when it was won by Ogilvy), Western Long Island Championships, and the New England Championships. John MacCausland and Kevin Murphy finished second, Fotis Boliakis and Austin Sperry were third, Bill Watson and Brian Sharp in fourth, and Joe Bainton and Tod Raynor finished fifth. Bill Watson was the masters winner, regatta organizer Thierry de La Villehuchet won the grand masters division winner, Jack Button was the exalted grand masters winner, and in the 80 year old and up division of exhausted grand master was Emil Karlovsky.
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