Courtesy of Shelter Island Reporter: Julie Lane
Home court advantage could be everything as Bruce and Susan Brewer placed fourth — their best finish ever — in the August Herreshoff Nationals hosted for the first time by the Shelter Island Yacht Club.
The Brewers have been sailing the Herreshoff Nationals since they purchased their boat in 1994, according to Ms. Brewer. They were hoping for a top-10 finish in the races held here Aug. 17-19.
“We’re thrilled with a fourth,” Ms. Brewer said in a telephone interview.
There were 38 boats in the race.
The top three teams in this year’s race were all from the Buzzards Yacht Club in Massachusetts — the perennial host club of the national race with five venues that have shared hosting duties on a rotating basis. In first place were Chad, Charlie and Carder Demarest, followed by David and Donald Korb in second and Max Thayer and Drew Bourassa in third.
Shelter Islander Ed Bausman took home the Savvy Sailor Award to the best-scoring sailor 65 or older.
Now that Shelter Island has hosted the race, Ms. Brewer said she’s hoping it will become part of the regular rotation.
In the Herreshoff Junior races featuring only Shelter Island participants, first place went to John and Blake Sommi. Gretchen McCarthy, Aida Van der Eems and Maghus Mareneck placed second. Other winners were Jackson Ritter and Dan Reich in third; Caitlyn Cummings and Malcolm Kreigel in fourth; and Michael Benacerraf and Max Gruber in fifth.
Congratulations to Chad, Charlie, and Carder Demarest for winning the H12 1/2 National Championship 2012. Click here for the full results: H12 National Championships
Photos can be found on the main page of the website under Photos.
Congratulations to the John and Blake Sommi for winning the Junior H12 1/2 Championships.
Results are below:
1. John and Blake Sommi
2. Gretchen McCarthy, Alida Van der Eems, Maghnus Mareneck
3. Jackson Ritter, Dan Reich
4. Caitlyn Cummings, Malcolm Kreigel
5. Michael Benacerraf, Max Gruber
June 30, 2012: There was a strong ebbing tide throughout the day; racing took place in Pipe’s Cove. The wind was around 6 knots, with gusts to about 11 knots from the west. The fleet had a different course this week, with the windward mark having an offset leg, as well as a leeward gate set above the finish line. This course was used in order to practice for the upcoming Nationals in August. The wind shifted right throughout the day, with the course being adjusted accordingly. In the final, 3rd race, of the day the wind shifted drastically to the West/Southwest; which significantly separated the fleet, depending upon which side of the course was used. The sailors that were on the left side of the course were able to be on layline early. There were three races completed and the top finishers for the day were: In fourth, Bruce and Susan Brewer; third, Steve Schram; second, Chip Luddecke; and in first, Angus MaCauley and Alexander.
June 23, 2012: The Herreshoff fleet began the race with a start just outside of the mooring field, with a nice 6 knot westerly breeze and a strong flooding tide. A strong lead was achieved by the Clark’s early due to an impressive port tack start. The windward mark was set in Pipes Cove, off of the point to ensure a steady breeze. Two laps were completed in the channel race, with a total distance of exactly 5 miles sailed by the fleet of 16. The top five finishers were: In fifth, Harry and Peg DiOrio; fourth, Susan and Bruce Brewer; third, Jeff and Holly Bresnahan; second, Angus McCauley and Chloe; and in first place, Denny and Ellen Clark.
The Herreschoff 12 1/2 results have now been posted on SIYC.com under the Herreschoff section for Summer Results 2012. Congrats to Jeff Bresnahan for his solid performance.
The Notice of Race and Entry for the H12 1/2 Championship Regatta have been posted.
NOR: 2012 H Class Championship Regatta Notice of Race
Entry Form: H Class Championship Entry Form
The H12 1/2 Rigging Cookbook is now available online by clicking here: Doughdish Rigging Cookbook