Skipper Teddy Papenthien and his crew posted a runner-up finish at the U.S. Offshore Championship last weekend on the Chesapeake Bay.
Unfortunately, the Naval Academy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team entry wound up placing third in the prestigious regatta that is contested for the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy.
Skipper Brian Kennalley and his crew representing the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club captured the Offshore Championship, one of several national events organized by US Sailing. Kennalley held a narrow one-point lead entering the final day of action and posted a pair of seconds in three buoy races on Sunday to capture the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy.
Edward Mui, Valen Smith, Brian Kaczor, Andrew Camarda, Brian Davies, and Markell Smith comprised the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club crew, which posted a low score of 29 points.
“We are ecstatic to win this championship,” Kennalley said. “We were optimistic about Sunday because buoy races are our strength, so that was our best shot at holding on to our lead. It was really challenging conditions to try and get races off, but they did it in light air and big current, so major props to them for sure. We’ve got a wonderful team and that’s why we win at home and that’s why we won here this week.”
Competition for the U.S. Offshore Championship was held aboard the Naval Academy’s identical 44-foot training vessels. Ten teams from the various US Sailing geographical regions qualified for the regatta with the Naval Academy receiving a wild card entry as host.
All 10 civilian teams had a member of the Navy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team (VOST) aboard to provide expertise and assistance with the Navy 44s. Ryan Pinch, a senior from Wakefield, Rhode Island, sailed with the winning team.
“Having a midshipman on the team was great. We had Ryan Pinch and he was fantastic and a great addition to the team. He was willing to do anything and he did a lot,” said Kennalley, who owns a Tartan 10 named Meat.
Papenthien and the Midshipmen finished equal on points with the teams led by skipper Chris Lewis of Houston, Texas and Glenn Doncaster of Raleigh, North Carolina. Those entries all totaled 33 points and scorekeepers with host Naval Academy Sailing Squadron had to go deep into the tiebreaker scenarios to sort out the final standings.
Lewis, who races a J/44 named Kenai, beat out Papenthein based on the third level of tiebreaker rule and was awarded second place overall. Navy performed well throughout, winning one of the two distance races and also getting the gun in one of the buoy races.
“My crew and I were very excited to finish third for the Lloyd Pheonix after a hard-fought regatta in some unique conditions. All three days of racing featured mostly very light winds and a ripping current,” said Papenthien, a senior from Fort Collins, Colorado. “I was stoked to see my crew remain very focused and determined, even when the light air and hard ebb slowed the action to a crawl. When the wind picked up, my crew did an awesome job of shifting gears to adapt.”
Senior Matt Hundt was aboard as executive officer and helmsman while Papenthien served as tactician. Senior Pat Francis and sophomore Zack Bauer played pivotal roles as spinnaker and jib trimmer, respectively. Rounding out the Navy crew were senior Austin Rhodes (bow), senior captain Chris Cantillo (mast, junior Matt Signorelli (main trimmer) and sophomore Charles Dimer (pit).
“Teddy and his crew fought valiantly throughout the series and represented us proudly. They won two of the six races, but struggled to maintain consistency in the challenging, light wind conditions,” Navy offshore sailing head coach Jahn Tihansky said. “In the end, the team that prevailed posted the most consistent scoreline while not winning a single race.”
U.S. Offshore Championship Standings
(* Indicates distance race worth double points)
1, Brian Kennalley, Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, 6*-2-10*-2-7-2=29; 2, Chris Lewis, Lakewood Yacht Club, 18*-3-2*-3-1-6=33; 3, Teddy Papenthien, Naval Academy, 2*-5-14*-1-8-3=33
J/35 North Americans: Skipper William Wildner and his team on Mr. Bill’s Wild Ride captured the J/35 North American Championship in impressive fashion. Wildner, a resident of Harrison Township, Michigan, won four of five races held in light air conditions on the Chesapeake Bay last weekend.
Ronald Rabine called tactics for Wildner, a class stalwart with a long list of championships to his credit. Mr. Bill’s Wild Ride took third in the lone race it did not win in posting a low score of seven points, half the amount amassed by runner-up Abientot.
Abientot (French for “see you later’’) had an interesting story as it was bought off Ebay by Roger Lant, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia. This particular J/35, which was built in 1987, had been abandoned at Jabin’s Yacht Yard in Annapolis.
Annapolis resident and veteran Quantum Sails Design professional Scott Nixon helped Lant put together a team and a new set of sails for the event. Ray Wulff, one of the top sailors in Annapolis, filled in as tactician since Nixon had committed to the Melges 24 Canadian Nationals.
Wulff, amateur with the ability of a professional, brought several other Annapolis sailors aboard Abientot. Headsail trimmer Ridgely Mackenzie and main trimmer Andrew Waters teamed with Wulff in the afterguard while Melissa Trost worked the pit and Jack Harris served as grinder.
“Getting Roger on the podium was the goal so mission accomplished,” Wulff said.
Aunt Jean, co-owned by Jim Sagerholm and Jerry Christofel, finished fourth in the 10-boat fleet. Aunt Jean started strong with a pair of seconds and a third in the initial three races, but a seventh in Race 4 proved costly.
J/35 North American Championship
(Annapolis Yacht Club)
1, Mr. Bill’s Wild Ride, William Wildner, Harrison Township, Michigan, 1-1-1-3-1=7; 2, Abientot, Roger Lant, Alexandria, Virginia, 5-2-3-2-2=14; 3, Major Detail, William Vogan, Port Huron, Michigan, 3-4-4-1-5=17; 4, Aunt Jean, Jim Sagerholm & Jerry Christofel, Annapolis, 2-3-2-7-4=18
J/24 WORLDS: Annapolis Yacht Club member Tony Parker was runner-up at the J/24 World Championship, held Sept. 15-23 out of Port Credit Yacht Club in Ontario, Canada.
Parker counted all single digit results in totaling 48 points, just one more than new world champ Rossi Milev. Parker sailed Bangor Packet to second in Race 2 and was winning the regatta until a throwout came into play and Milev was able to discard a 46th suffered in Race 1.
Annapolis professional Geoff Ewenson served as tactician for Parker, who also had James Niblock and Marther Parker aboard as crew.
Milev had a home course advantage as he hails from Mississauga and is a member of Port Credit Yacht Club.
J/70 WORLDS: Arnold resident Ron Weed was a member of the runner-up crew at the J/70 World Championship, held out of Porto Cervo in Sardinia, Italy.
Weed served as a trimmer for skipper Brian Keane aboard Savasana, which placed second in an 82-boat fleet. Savasana counted all single digits results in the six-race series to finish 15 points behind world champion Relative Obscurity, skippered by Peter Duncan.
Duncan and his crew were on fire, winning three races and posting all top three results in totaling a low score of eight points. Veteran sailmaker Jud Smith and two other professionals – Victor Diaz de Leon and Willem Van Waay – crewed on Relative Obscurity.
Weed has been sailing with Keane for four years and was previously part of a team that placed third at the 2014 J/70 Worlds in Newport, R.I. A pair of Olympians – Stuart McNay and Thomas Barrows – were also aboard Savasana. Keane and company sailed a chartered boat that came new from the Italian factory, which caused some issues the crew had to overcome.