Jim Bowers, with Lydia Brown as crew, eeked out the team of Ted Ferrarone and Meredith Killion by 2 points to once again claim the season finale of the Interclub frostbite season. Not far behind was Bill Rothwell / Linda Epstein in third, followed by Simon Strauss / Annie Paton who came on strong on Sunday to get by the top local tandem of Doug Kaukeinen / Adam Gesner to round out the top five. Conditions were light on Saturday under cloudy skies with crews only able to sit on the (windward) rail in parts of the final races on Sunday. One redeeming factor was that the fleet had all of the well-protected Irondequoit Bay to themselves all day Saturday and with a few exceptions Sunday so the only waves were from the busy-as-beavers mark boats who set meticulous courses – both long and short – both days under the discerning eye of PRO Robert Mendenhall and his RC team.
Led by regatta chair Ralph Simpson, the seemingly bottomless cast of support volunteers of the Rochester Canoe Club pulled out all the hospitality stops to welcome the small but energetic group of 12 teams. Food and sailing beverages flowed from morning to night time. I think I can speak for all those who attended that everyone went home, tired-yet-energized, nourished and entertained.
Back to the sailing, two highlights come to mind. One was watching the slug-fest of the two front-runners all weekend which was fun to watch from not far behind (don’t tell my skipper Jennifer I was watching it all). Back and forth Jim / Lydia and Ted / Meredith went, sometimes leading the other wire to wire but mostly playing close-quarters leapfrog in each race. Then there was the Bill / Linda pair, who were always close and in the fray, looking to sprint past the leaders like a horse on the stretch at the Derby as the front-runners beat each other up.
The other highlight was watching the local fleet improve over the course of the regatta. Remember that the Rochester Fleet sails IC’s single-handedly the rest of the year so you could see the rusticles of how to play the double-handed game flake off with each race. Signs of skippers standing up on downwind legs (a typical technique for single-handing these high-performance boats) early in the series gave way to more traditional positions. And the pack got tighter as the weekend progressed.
As has been the custom for over a dozen years, the Wharf Rat trophy was awarded to the team with the highest finishes in a series of pre-selected regattas including the Nationals. This year it was Ted Ferrarone who took home the trophy by barely a 2% margin of total points over Simon Strauss.
–Report by Art Rousmaniere
The 2019 Nationals will be held at the Rochester Canoe Club on May 3-5.
The Notice of Race is here.
The Sailing Instructions are here.
For more information, contact:
Ralph Simpson: firstname.lastname@example.org/585-414-4692
Friday May 3, 2019
1200 – 1500 Registration & Measurement (Boat and crew weight)
1530 – 1700 Practice races
1730 – Welcome dinner
Saturday May 4, 2019
0800 – 0900 Breakfast, Registration & Measurement (Boat and crew weight)
0900 Skippers’ Meeting
1000 Warning, First Race
1200 (approximate) Lunch (back in the RCC clubhouse) 1300 (approximate) Resume Racing
1530 Last race to not start after
1600 – 1800 happy hour and racing debrief
1800 – Dinner
Sunday May 5, 2019
0800 – 0900 Breakfast
0930 Warning, First Race
1200 Last race to not start after
1300 (approximate) Lunch, Refreshments and Awards (back in the RCC clubhouse)
Ted Ferrarone/Meredith Killion and Danny Pletsch/Kendra Emhiser win the “First Annual” relocation of the Midwinters to Larchmont YC last weekend. A chilly weekend, but 92 sailors came out for the regatta.
Full Results here. Enjoy a picture slideshow by Maureen C. Koeppel Photography:
Larchmont YC has taken over running the Midwinters and will host the 2019 edition on Saturday Jan 26 and Sunday Jan 27. The Notice of Race, online entry form and Sailing Instructions are on their web site:
We’re all happy the Midwinters A/B style regatta tradition continues!
A little late, but the 2018 Nationals was run at the Hyannis YC on the Cape. Jim Bowers and Lydia Brown racked up yet another win! Given that Jim is such a young guy, how many more will there be??
Full PDF results here.
It’s a wrap! The final – for now anyway – Interclub Midwinters at SSA is done. We had a beautiful day of sailing Saturday with temps in the 50s, sunshine and a shifty SE-SW breeze. We shared some great new and old Interclub Midwinters stories after dinner. Unfortunately, Sunday brought rain, thick fog and zero wind and we abandoned for the regatta at 12:30. Thanks to all that came to help us officially close out the latest incarnation of the SSA IC fleet, it was a great final hurrah. Many thanks to Jesse Falsone for keeping the torch lit all these years and – as Jonathan Lange put it – carrying the rest of us along, sometimes against our will.
Congratulations to the winning team of Steve Benjamin/Trevor Davis and Jim Bowers/Lydia Brown for a consistent regatta to edge out the team of Simon Strauss/Julie Lelek and Jesse Falsone/Erika Seamon by 3 points.