Thursday, May 10, 2018

American YC Spring Series Report

J/105s sailing Long Island Sound (Rye, NY)- The annual Spring Series hosted by American YC got off to a great start this past weekend.  Blessed with good sailing conditions on Long Island Sound, the PROs on the two courses managed to run a total of six races over two days.  The seventy boats, of which fifty are J/crews (71.0% of the fleet), enjoyed the close, fun racing.

After winning the first race right out of the gate in the eleven-boat J/70 class, Alex Meleney’s TRUCKIN just kept right on truckin’, posting four 3rds to count all top three finishes for a total of 13 pts so far.   Right on his heels was Trevor Roach’s SEMI-CHARMED, winning two races but bombing two with a pair of 8’s to hold on to second with 16 pts net, tied with Mike Gavin’s USA 202.

J/70 sailnig off Long Island SoundWinning all but one race in the seven-boat J/88 class was Elizabeth Barry’s ESCAPE, counting just 5 pts net to lead her class by a wide margin.  Winning the lone race she didn’t, Mike Bruno’s WINGS crew hold on to second place with 10 pts net.  Then, sitting in third is Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION with 13 pts net.

Playing a similar game in the thirteen-boat J/105 class is Paul Beaudin’s LOULOU, winning four races to lead with just 7 pts net.  Harald Edegran & Jeremy Henderson’s CONUNDRUM is sitting in second with 13 pts net.  Just two points back in third is the Young American Sailing Academy sailing YOUNG AMERICAN.

A new team is leading the eight-bat J/109 class.  Bengt & Marie Johansson’s ZIG ZAG won three races and is counting just 8 pts net.  Nevertheless, two class veterans are tie on 10 pts each just 2 pts back- Long Island Sound Champion Carl Olsson’s MORNING GLORY and Jonathan Rechtshaffer’s EMOTICON, both winning races themselves in this tight cluster at the top of the leaderboard.

J/44s sailing Long Island Sound spring seriesA familiar crew is at the top of the leaderboard in the eight-boat J/44 one-design class.  Sporting their familiar white chutes with blue stripes, it’s Bill Ketcham’s MAXINE leading the pack with three bullets in the scoreline with a total of 8 pts net.  Chris Lewis’ KENAI is second counting two bullets themselves with a total of 10 pts net.  Then, another two points back is Don & Dick Rave’s RESOLUTE, also winning a race!

In the PHRF 2 handicap class, the J/120 MADISON sailed by Brian Spears is currently sitting in third place, just one point behind second and four points from the class leader.  For more American YC Spring Series sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.