Westporters win at Cedar Point regatta
Published 10:28 am, Monday, June 6, 2016
WESTPORT — Sailing teams from Westport finished strong across eight class competitions in the 2016 Cedar Point Yacht Club OneDesign Regatta, held on June 4 and 5. Almost 500 sailors from Maine to Texas gathered to race 83 boats in the two-day event, producing one Long Island and one National class champion.
Allan Stern and Bill Walker of Westport, skippering Victura, won the Long Island Sound Championship in the J70 sport boat class, defeating Andrew and Melissa Fisher of Greenwich in Button Fly, which came in second. In all, 17 of the small, fast J70s raced in the regatta, the largest fleet in the event.
The regatta hosted the Soverel 33 class National Championship, won by G. Mark McCarthy of Westbrook in Slainte, besting Darien’s Tom Griffin in Mischief as well as three US Merchant Marine Academy midshipmen racing out of Kings Point, New York.
“Cedar Point Yacht Club was delighted to host world-class sailors from all over the United States,” said John Cooke, CPYC’s 2016 Race Chairman in a press release. “Despite storms on Sunday, we had two full days of racing, a tribute to the skills of our Principal Race Officers Dick Thackaberry and Rich Gold, both CPYC members, and scores of other volunteers and supporters. Thank you to all who helped to make this regatta a success.”
Westport residents took two of the three top spots in the Atlantic class, a fleet that has been a mainstay at CPYC for more than half a century. Westporters Scott Reichhelm and Ron Marsilio came in first and third respectively. Mark Foster of Southport was second.
International sailing competitor Ched Proctor, a CPYC member from Southport, and his son Charlie won the Etchell class, followed by Kevin Grainger of Rye, Michael Gavin of Westport and Steve Girling of Westport.
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