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Etchells Sid Doren Regatta at Biscayne Bay Yacht Club

by Hadley Hege 17 Jan 2023 01:48 PST January 14-15, 2023
First start - Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta © Pieter Vanderlaan

The Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta marked the first event of the Etchells Class' winter series hosted by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club after a false start due the lack of wind at last month's Louis Piana Cup. However, it was still an unusual beginning for the series due to the colder weather that took hold of southern Florida this past weekend.

47 Etchells still braved the cold on Saturday for three races followed by two more races on Sunday. All part of the 5 events at the same venue held in the lead up to the Etchells AON World Championships in April.

David Brennan, Principal Race Officer for the Series and Worlds, stated that it was "seriously challenging conditions on Saturday with a shifty breeze at steady 20+ gusting to 25, and temperatures in the 40's - not your typical Southern Florida weather!"

Onshore, there were even frozen iguanas falling out of trees and lizards hibernating in crew member life jackets. As Peter Duncan (USA 1453, Oatmeal - Rye, New York) said, "they're frozen just like the sailors and race committee."

However, it was not just the temperatures and breeze on Saturday that was the hurdle for these sailors, as Brennan explains "the direction was nominally out of 330 degrees (NW), which traditionally is our worst direction on the bay with 30 degrees wind shifts."

This made for lively racing and highlighted the expertise among the fleet (which includes 10 Etchells World Champions). The crews that adapted the quickest rose to the top but there were no teams without at least one bad race this weekend. Luckily for the teams, the scoring rules allowed for a drop of the worst score if at least 5 races were completed. A 17th was the lowest score any single team dropped.

Sunday greeted sailors with nearly the other end of the spectrum with just-barely sailable conditions: 5 to 8 knots of breeze yet still out of that annoying 330 degrees and still shifting through 30 degrees. Brennan was happy with what they managed to pull off, "Luckily, we thought 2 races were completed in a timely fashion with square starting lines and nice beats and runs."

It has been a while since that many Etchells have taken to the line at any one event. Therefore, the large fleet starting all together but also sailing downwind created a beautiful spectacle on the bay. Especially with so many colored spinnakers, Gary Gilbert (USA 1388, ANNIE - Oakton, VA) shared his perspective on choosing a colorful spinnaker rather than white, saying he once was told that it was awful to have a white spinnaker, in a one-design fleet, because you do not know who it is. However, there are many others who contradicted his theory with shouts of "isn't that the point?"

At the end of the weekend, it was Veracity (USA 1477, Darien, CT) who came out on top and won the Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta. John Sommi with Victor Diaz de Leon, Beccy Anderson, and Will Ryan finished with 16 points (after dropping an 18th) four points ahead of 2nd place. Sommi shared about winning, "it felt great because the conditions were very windy yesterday [Saturday]. It was very light and shifty today and all the boats here are so competitive. Any mistake is compounded in those kinds of conditions. So we're very grateful, and I'm grateful to my team. We thank the club for a fantastic regatta."

In talking about tactics to win the race John noted the depth of talent in this fleet sharing that "you have to get a good start" and that they had four good starts out of five which was reflected in Veracity's scores.

Overall, while iguanas and crews were cold adapting to unusual weather, everyone was in high spirits and looking forward to the three competitions in February - just hoping for more southern Florida weather. The Louis Piana Cup has been rescheduled for the Friday before the next in the series, the Florida State Championship (February, 4th-5th). This is followed by Mid-Winters at the end of the month and the North Americans in March all ahead of the AON World Championships in April.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoBoat NameSkipper / CrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
177  USA 1477VeracityJohn Sommi / Victor Diaz de Leon / Beccy Anderson / Will Ryan23184716
24  USA 1504LiftedJim Cunningham / Steve Hunt / Erik Shampain / Serena Vilage121420320
350  CAN 1501Cruel Jane 2Andrew Macrae/ Luke Lawrence / Eric Lawrence511272225
453  USA 1453OatmealPeter Duncan / Mark Mendledel / Andrew Palfrey610429626
554  USA 1454American BabyGeorge Francisco / Chris Larson / Chuck Norris91891727
694  USA 1494A MacJack Jakosky / Andy Beadsworth / Brian Ledbetter2961510132
725  IRL 1425TquilaJames McHugh / Luis Doreste / David Vera / Leonor Ramia1812581136
862  USA 1262Dark N'StormyEdward Tillinghast / Brian Kamilar / Cole Brauer / Alexandra Tillinghast1020135937
956  USA 1456FreedomD Craig Mense / Evan Aras / Madeline Gill / Fred Strammer3172861339
1019  USA 1419RebelScott Kaufman / Gonzalo Ribero / Carlos Robles / Chris Grube14161011540
1181  USA 1481LouiseThomas Carruthers / Bill Hardestyy / Jeff Reynolds1524122341
1224  USA 1424Bungee SmugglerBarry Parkin / Skip Diebel / Taylor Walker3271218845
1361  BER 671RenegadeJohn Hele / Morten Henriksen / Jim Gibson2113932146
1427  USA 1427STELLA BLUEStephen Benjamin / Ian Liberty / Dave Hughes / Greiner Hobbs2043242851
1578  USA 1378The MartianMarvin Beckmann / Tomas Dietrich / Joachim Achenbrenner / Elizabeth Whitener893434455
1663  USA 1363WarCanoeMichael Goldfarb / Jonny Goldsberry / Matteo Ramian / Giulio Desiderato35142616561
1726  USA 926Big DawgMalcolm Lamphere / Frederico diaz de Leon / Justin Callahan / Doug Wake112527171265
1838  GBR 1438Swedish BLUE (Corinthian)Ante Razmilovic / Senet Bischoff / Brian Hammersley71519352566
193  GBR 1490No Dramas (Corinthian)Andrew Lawson / Graham Vials / Billy Russell13RET23112471
2091  USA 1491MahalagaPeter Vessella / Ezra Culver / Karl Anderson122117212771
219  USA 1509Rock OnArgyle Campbell / Alex Curtiss / Mark Ivey / Jessie Kirkland19RDGRDG191471
2215  USA 1415La TormentaShannon W Bush / Brad Boston / Emery Williams / Chuck Eaton452440DNF73
2311  USA 1177Big ERick Merriman / Phil Trinter / Jackson Benvenutti232220231075
2429  USA 1429VivaDonald Jesberg / Eric Doyle / Payson Infelise172821152981
2535  USA 1513Odd BallJack Franco / Allan Terhune / Ben Lamb2826DNS30286
2668  USA 1368Vertigo 2Chris Lanza / Tim Banks / Tomas Hornos303311143888
2769  USA 1469BlackfishRonald Zarrella / Rob Scrivener / Jeremy Wilmot163122224291
2844  GBR 1441HighlifePeter Rogers / Ben Cooper / Duncan Yeabsley251835382098
2946  GBR 1468Strait DealerDavid Franks / Neil Harrison / Josie Gliddon / Graham Sunderland3936163118101
3071  USA 1371Flying ColorsKen Womack / Don Peckman / Wes Graham342964234103
3151  CAN 1451Blackadder II (Corinthian)Andrew Cumming / John Millen / Chloe Congourdeau / Erin Sauder2627323219104
3267  BER 1467TiburonMark Watson / Dirk Kneulman / Jeff Madrigali / Kelsey Patnaude2719312830104
337  USA 1307Nemesis (Corinthian)Jeff Nehms / Tom Dawson / Fred Chandler2237252545109
3496  USA 1296CarambaJose Fuentes / Marc Gauthier / Charlie Smythe / Wilson Stout248DNS4437113
3541  USA 1341EncoreDavid Huck / Bill Abbott / Colin Foster3635301335113
3673  USA 1373VictoryVictor Cribb / Alec Anderson / Mark Spearman / BB Bellacosa31307 DNC116
3798  USA 1398PrivateerMichael Jobin / Christina Persson / Keith Swinton / Ned BreedDNF23333626118
3888  USA 1388ANNIE (Corinthian)Gary Gilbert / Matt Lalumiere / Robert Lipincott / Jilian Aydelotte3734293341133
3928  USA 1228FINN (Corinthian)Martin Wasmer / Terry Yuill / Terry McKenna / Finn Wasmer3832DNS2639135
4039  USA 1397Tar & Feathered (Corinthian)Don Dowd / Sandy Weil / David DowdDNFDNSDNS1231139
4112  USA 1209USA 1300Ernie Pomerleau / Jeff Linton / Monica Morgan / Jim BarnashDNFDNSDNS2716139
4220  USA 1220More Cowbell (Corinthian)Chris Morin / Jamie Carter / Sean Guinness / Joseph Seremeth333837TLE43151
4322  USA 1202Jeremiah (Corinthian)Jonah Pruitt / David Bannister / Johnny Gleason / Marina Cano4140384333152
445  CAN 1305It's A(nother) Conspiracy (Corinthian)Adrian Hanley / Jennifer Constable / David Coxson4041363740153
4590  USA 1090Leading Edge (Corinthian)Jeff Dever / Scott Hoffman / Rachel HoffmanDNCDNCDNC4132169
4675  IRL 1375JaJaAlex Lacy / Chris Trapani / Cary TrapaniDNCDNSDNS3936171
4797  USA 978Julia (Corinthian)Rick Kaiser / Gerri Whitley / Hayden Scott4239DNSOCS44173

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