Saturday, June 22, 2013

J's Sail Maine Shakedown Regatta

J/105 sailing in Portland, MaineSupporting Community Sailing in Maine
(Portland, Maine)- The Annual SailMaine Shakedown Regatta was held under the threat of the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea, which cleared through the area well before the delayed captain's meeting and first gun.

PRO Ted Smith and Race Committee Boat host Dave Gooch set a short course in 18 knots of northwesterly breeze for a brisk first race, with Jim Greenwell's J/80 TWILIGHT ZONE winning the B division.

The breeze persistently backed and diminished throughout the day, but some longer courses were set to challenge the sailors. In the B division, one of SailMaine's J/22s, helmed by Henry Clews won the second race, while Dick Stevens' J/22 Honalee won the third race. The J/80 Twilight Zone made a good showing in both races, but failed to round a mark properly in the third race, resulting in her retirement. Jim and his team were awarded the sportsmanship trophy for the regatta for their spirit of fair play.

In the A division, it was a battle throughout the regatta that included KEEMAH, Don Logan's J/105 helmed by Stephanie Helms. With two firsts in the final two races, Team KEEMAH captured the division and the overall trophy for the regatta.

SailMaine is grateful to the Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association's premiere sponsorship of the event, and their support of community sailing in Maine. Portland Yacht Services contributed their space for the boats and party tent, which was provided by Than Herron's Atlantic Tent Company. Baxter Brewing, Allagash Brewing, and Regatta Promotions all helped make the event a fun one.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered and sailed in support of Community Sailing!. See you all next year!  Sailing Photo credits- Stephanie Helms   For more Sail Maine Shakedown Regatta sailing information