With the end of the summer season upon us, here are some late season awards and acknowledgements for another great local summer sailing season:
TOP SAILING EVENTS HOSTED LOCALLY IN 2013
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Saturday-Sunday: Fall Gold Cup – NHYC (Juniors)
Sept. 14: Little Old Ladies Regatta, BYC (Adult Sabot)
Sept. 14: PCISA So Cal #1, NHYC (CFJ, High School)
Sept. 15: Roy Woolsey Regatta, LIYC (Lido 14)
Sept. 22: Fall Schock Regatta, NHYC (H20, L12, Finn)
1) NHYC, Star North American’s – The granddaddy of one designs
2) BCYC, Ida Lewis USA Junior Women’s Championships
3) BYC, Governor’s Cup – Without a doubt, this has become the premier junior international match racing event
4) NHYC’s Summer Gold Cup – By quantity, this was the biggest event for number of boats out
5) BYC/NHYC Long Point Race Week – Always one of the best local offshore events
6) Any evening bay race on a windy, warm summer night (multiple winners).
SIX TOP SUMMER 2013 SAILING PERFORMANCES
1) Carolyn Smith/Bailey Davidson – For winning Ida Lewis Trophy as the top junior double-handed sailing team
2) Michael Menninger and Charlie Buckingham – Both are skippering boats in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
3) Dorade – Matt Brook’s classic S&S52 won first overall honors at the 2013 Transpac
4) Mac Mace, Brooks Clark and Jeffrey Aschieris – All members of the 2013 champion collegiate sailing team at College of Charleston
5) Derek Pickell (BCYC) and Joseph Hou (NHYC) – For their 1-2 finish at the 2013 Sabot Nationals (let’s keep reminding San Diego and Long Beach where the top junior sailors are!)
6) Ryan Davidson – Who led the BYC team and was a runner-up at the 2013 Governor’s Cup (and he moved himself up to 66th place worldwide – adult rankings! – for international match racing after a summer of top match-racing performances
FIVE TOP PERFORMANCES YOU DIDN’T HEAR ABOUT
1) Taylor Grant’s Exigent – Exigent has been a steady performer all year, but I’m acknowledging her for being both the smallest boat in the fleet and also the first boat to finish on her run back from Catalina in the last race of BYC’s “66 Series. Definitely the best “David and Goliath” performance I saw all summer.
2) Marisol – My good friend Seth Hall turned over the keys to his 41’ J-124 to two teams of teenagers every week this summer (the boys team sailed on Mondays, girls team on Tuesdays). With two races left, the boys team led by Charlie Welsh and Michael Sabourin is leading Class A in American Legion’s Sundowner Series.
3) Flight of the Lasers – In a light air event, petite teenage racer Christian Rosene easily won this year’s event ahead of former America’s Cup skipper Phil Thompson.
4) Lido 14 Champs – Last month BYC teenagers Christophe Killian and Greg Dair became the youngest Lido 14 Champions in recent memory (maybe ever).
5) 29er World’s – Last month Campbell D’Eliscu (NHHS) and Conner Kelter (CDM) finished an impressive 10th out of 200-plus boats at the 29er World Championships in Denmark.
1) Tres Gordo’s – It’s OK she didn’t win every race, at least not on corrected time, but she was first across the finish line every time she sailed this summer.
2) Molly Lynch and Alan Andrews – Class stalwarts and husband/wife who were also the top finishers in the Sabot and Laser classes, respectively, at BYC’s Wednesday Twilight Series.