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Chester race week - Great sailing conditions on final day

by Michael Browne on 18 Aug 2013
IOD classic yachts sail a tight reach on a scenic course through Mahone Bay © 2013 Tim Wilkes / www.timwilkes.com
At the 2013 Chester Race Week, spectators gathered at the Chester Yacht Club in anticipation for the last day. Newcomers and longtime race week attendees stood at the dock early in the afternoon watching the remarkable sails of the Bluenose fleet as they crossed the harbour during one of the final day’s races.

A wind shift prior to the last race of the iconic Bluenose class resulted in a race cancellation as the 3 p.m. closing time approached. Despite that, they raced seven times over the course of the week with Chase pulling ahead as the overall winner.

The Bravo fleet winners for 2013 are all repeat champions from last year’s race week with Defiant, skippered by Mark Gosine, once again winning over for the Bravo I course, Ping (Terry Schnare) for Bravo II and Sisu (Dan Pride) for Bravo 3. For the Alpha feet, Climax (Reece/Comtois) had a clear win for the Alpha I course and Tangley (Peter Coombs) scored best overall for Alpha II. Also repeating its 2012 win was the Chester C sloop Ripple (Jim Rafuse) in the beautiful Delta Classics fleet.

Even though wind conditions weren’t as exceptional as the past two days, Chester Race Week 2013 went out with a bang as festivities continued on land well into the night for the closing ceremonies with awards presentations and live music.

Visit Chester Race Week for race, social and boat cruise schedules.

RESULTS

ALPHA 1

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Climax

1D35

35026

DYC

Reece/Comtois

14.0

2

Blast

J111

11105

RNSYS

Mark Surrette

20.0

3

Team Ocean

Melges 32

USA 135

RNSYS

John Roy

21.0


ALPHA 2

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Tangley

Farr 30

CAN 29

Char YC

Peter Toombs

11.0

2

One More Time

Farr 30

USA 28

RNSYS

Rob Gale

13.0

3

Venturesome

Farr 30

47

RNSYS

Ben Maloney

25.0


ALPHA DISTANCE 1

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Brilliance

J120

144

RNSYS

Richard Calder

7.0

2

Adios

J120

50793

RNSYS

Fred Smithers

14.0

3

Stampeder

J111

11165

CYC

Dave Connolly

15.0


ALPHA DISTANCE 2

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Koobalibra

C&C 115

59115

RNSYS

David Barlow

8.0

2

J’ai Tu

J35

41057

CYC

Rodney Johnstone

9.0

3

WISC

J109

CAN 311

RNSYS

Paul Rafuse

11.0


BRAVO 1

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Defiant

C&C

142

DYC

Mark Gosine

18.0

2

Head Games

Kirby 30

34283

CYC

Terry Schnare

19.0

3

Highlander

Dehler DB 1

34440

RNSYS

Dan Pride

20.0


BRAVO 2

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Ping

Sonar

415

LYC

Kathryn Josenhans

12.0

2

Awesome 2.0

Sonar

366

LYC

Ron Whynacht

17.0

3

Echo

Sonar

571

LYC

John Franklin

24.0


BRAVO 3

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Sisu

Tanzer 22

1857

MYC

David Peer

8.0

2

Freyja

Tanzer 22

1801

Grand Lake

Doug Caldwell

15.0

3

Hotspur

Shock Santana

131

CBYC

Tyson Hynes

27.0


ONE DESIGN - J/24

Rank

Boat

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Sunnyvale

3599

RNSYS

Peter Wickwire

14.0

2

Juvenile Delinquent

4013

RNSYS

Ted Murphy

17.0

3

Adrenaline Rush

4331

RNSYS

Greg Blunden

20.0


ONE DESIGN - J/29

Rank

Boat

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Silver Woman

84675

RNSYS

Andrew Childs

10.0

2

J-Zeus

72

RNSYS

John Heseltine

24.0

3

Colmonell

135

RNSYS

Christie Bros.

25.0


Bluenose

Rank

Boat

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Chase

77

CYC

Christain Luti

10.0

2

Dart

279

CYC

John Grantmyer

18.0

3

Mahaska

116

LYC

Karl Mitchell

21.0


Delta Classics

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Ripple

Sloop

C-6

CYC

Jim Rafuse

5.0

2

Eclipse

Chester C

C7

CYC

Daniel Blain

7.0

3

Hayseed IV

Wm Gardner P

P1

CYC

Wurts

15.0


Delta Cruiser 1

Rank

Boat

Class

Sail No

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Mariah

C&C 35

24228

CYC

Keith Johnson

5.0

2

Patience

Nonsuch 30 U

399

CYC

Bruce Flinn

7.0

3

Chester Cat

Nonsuch 30

ZERO

CYC

John McCurdy

12.0


Delta Cruiser 2

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Sea Breaker

C&C 25

4962

CYC

Bruce Nunn

3.0

2

Aspen

Westerly GK 24

53

CBYA

Brian Molloy

6.0

3

Aspire II

Catalina

20250

SYC

Jim Gaw

10.0


Delta 1

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Agent 99

C&C 99

99050

BBYC

Rob Crutcher

6.0

2

Rumble Fish

J29

31991

LYC

Scott Covey

9.0

3

Poohsticks

J92

8

LYC

Colin Mann

10.0



Delta 2

Rank

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

Nett

1

Sly Fox

Chaser 29

34142

LYC

James Mosher

5.0

2

Incorrigible

J27

83270

CYC

Sam Lamey

9.0

3

Mayham

C&C 29 -2

221

DYC

Ricard Gerstenberger

10.0

 

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