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American Yacht Club Fall Regatta 2021 - Days 1 & 2

by American Yacht Club 27 Sep 2021 16:16 PDT September 25-26 & October 2-3, 2021
2021 American Yacht Club Fall Regatta © American Yacht Club

The 31st Annual American Yacht Club Fall Regatta began with an afternoon of racing in light wind, followed by a reunion of sailors and old friends reconnecting after not seeing one another since 2019. Given the option to choose between 1055 or 1255 for the First Warning signal, the Race Committee opted for the later start time based on the forecast and made the announcement the night before racing. This allowed competitors more time to spend time with their families, prepare for racing, or simply relax on Saturday morning.

On Day 1, the South Course was able to complete one race and the East Course completed two. Sunday had consistently favorable winds at 15 knots with great conditions for sailing, making up for Saturday's lighter breeze.

At the close of Day 1, AYC Past Commodore William Ketcham on Maxine (AYC) held the lead for One Design J 44 racing with two bullets, an impressive four points better than all other boats in this division on the East Course. Maxine was able to maintain their lead through Day 2 with almost all bullets. Commodore Thomas Blackwell on Breakaway (AYC) gained ground between Day 1 and Day 2 and is now at second place in this division.

Justin Scagnelli and Tim Price on Albondigas (HYC) and Lawrence Cutler and Andrew Weiss on One Too Many (STC) lead the J 88 class on the South Course, currently tied at 9 points. Robert & Libby Alexander on Byte (AYC) and Vlad Shablinsky and Sam Wright on Groupe 5 (NEKA) tie in the ORC Doublehanded as well both ending the weekend with 3 points each.

With all of these close results so far, more racing over Weekend 2 is highly anticipated.

Saturday's weather ended up being perfect for AYC to host the post-race Rocking Regatta party on the flagpole lawn. Everyone enjoyed a musical performance by local band Cover Story, lawn games, complimentary beer donated by Doyle Sails and Carpentry Classics, Craft Beer Tastings offering the first two contenders for the AYC Ale Vote, and the AYC x Chandon Garden Spritz Bar & Lounge. Post-race gatherings will be held after each day of racing at the Fall Regatta, ensuring plenty of socializing and fun for competitors and spectators alike.

Everyone enjoyed the long-awaited return to post-race parties at AYC after the 2020 hiatus in such a relaxed and welcoming manner. Next week's post-race gatherings will include a complimentary tasting from TUCK Gin based in Saugatuck as well as the awards ceremony.

Event Details can be found at: yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=14292

Results: (top three in each class)

East Course Racing

J 44 (One Design - 7 Boats)
1. Maxine, William Ketcham - 1, 1, 1, 2, 1 [6]
2. Breakaway, Thomas Blackwell - 4, 3, 4, 1, 2 [14]
3. Glory, Lincoln White - 3, 5, 2, 3, 3 [16]

ORC Division (ORC Fleet - 9 Boats)
1. Zammermoos, David Fass - 1, 3, 1, 1, 4 [10]
2. Cool Breeze, John Cooper - 2, 1, 4, 3, 2 [12]
3. Gemini II - James Coffman - 3, 4, 2.5, 2, 5 [16.5]

ORC Division (Doublehanded - 3 boats)
1. Byte (ORC Mixed Doublehanded), Robert & Libby Alexander - 2, 1 [3]
2. Groupe 5, Vlad Shablinksy/Sam Wright - 1, 2 [3]
3. Hotspur, Rich Jessop - 4/DNC, 4/DNC [8]

PHRF Division (Coastal PHRF Division I - 9 boats)
1. Tenebrae, William Ingraham - 1, 1 [2]
2. Cougar, Leonard Sitar - 3, 2 [5]
3. Antidote (PHRF Plus One), Ron Richman - 2, 3 [5]

PHRF Division (Coastal PHRF Division II - 11 boats)
1. Crazy Train, Patrick Cole - 2, 3 [5]
2. Thin Man, Todd Aven - 5, 1 [6]
3. Upsetter, Jason Viseltear - 4, 4 [8]

South Course Racing

J 109 (One Design Division - 8 boats)
1. Growth Spurt, John Greifzu, Jr. - 1, 4, 2, 1 [8]
2. Incendiary, Trevor Roach - 2, 2 3, 2 [9]
3. Emoticon, Jonathan Rechtschaffer - 3, 3, 4, 3 [13]

J 88 (One Design Division - 5 boats)
1. Albondigas, Justin Scagnelli/Tim Price - 2, 1, 3, 3 [9]
2. One Too Many, Lawrence Cutler/Andrew Weiss - 3, 2, 2, 2, [9]
3. Oh Jee !!, Nicholas Delcourt -1, 4, 4, 1 [10]

J 105 (One Design Division - 8 boats)
1. loulou, Paul Beaudin - 4, 1, 1, 1 [7]
2. LauraBea, Max Kalehoff - 3, 5, 2, 2 [12]
3. Ataraxis, Frank Latawiec - 1, 4, 3, 5

J 70 (One Design Division - 4 boats)
1. Pen Segal, Jean marc Papin - 1, 1, 1, 1 [4]
2. Half Mine II, Gibbons Sinclair - 2, 2, 2, 2 [8]
3. Neka J/70 - Benjamin Hunt - 5/DNC, 5/DNC, 5/DNC, 5/DNC [20]

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