Friday, May 20, 2011

J's Sweep Edlu Distance Race

J 35 footers Win Class & Overall
(Larchmont, NY)- The 56th Annual Edlu Race started on May 14th for IRC and PHRF boats might as well have been labeled the "J/Fest Distance Race".  The course is 32 miles from Larchmont Breakwater to Gong 11B off Eaton's Neck and back.  It was clearly to the liking of the many J crews that were racing in both IRC, PHRF and PHRF Double-handed divisions.

In IRC 1 Class, Ron Richman's J/133 ANTIDOTE was 1st in class and 9th in fleet.  Just behind them was Jan Smeets' J/133 BACCHANAL with 2nd in class and 10th overall.  Third as Harry DeVore's J/44 HONALEE, fifth was Colin McGranahan's J/130 DRAGONFLY, sixth was Tom Carroll's SIREN SONG and seventh George Petrides modified J/120 AVRA.

IRC 2 Class was dominant overall in this year's race, how you finished in also seemed to dictate your overall fleet position, too!  IRC 2 was won by Carl Olsson's J/105 MORNING GLORY, winning by just 5 minutes corrected over Paul Steinborn's J/109.  Lying third was Mark Parry's and Lawrence McGrath's J/35 BLUE MOUSE.  Fifth was Bob Schwartz's J/109 NORDLYS.

In PHRF A, Christian Uecker's J/92 HOUND DOG managed to pull of a third in division.  And, in PHRF Double-handed division, a sistership J/92, THIN MAN sailed by Todd Aven won class!  Third was Greg Imbruce's J/109 JOYRIDE and fourth was Andrew Berdon's J/109 STRIDER.  Special mention must be made of the J/122 PATRIOT, rumor had it that Sandy Weil and Andy Giglia had a great time and were looking forward to next year's edition already, citing the fact that this year was "simply practice".  For more Larchmont YC Edlu Distance Race sailing information