Good day for Labor Day Regatta

Correspondent

Although Saturday's sailing was washed out by gusty winds and heavy seas from Tropical Storm Hermine, Sunday was a beautiful day for a regatta, as a somewhat truncated version of the 2016 Annapolis Labor Day Regatta went off on the Chesapeake Bay. With race management from Annapolis Yacht Club and Eastport Yacht Club, three fleets sailed multiple closed-course races under bright skies in breeze that held nicely into the afternoon.

In addition to trophies for top finishers in several PHRF and one-design classes, the regatta also features some unique awards. Arguably the most significant of these is the prestigious City of Annapolis Trophy, presented to J/70 class winners Bill Vickers and Chip Steiner and their Gnixe team. The trophy goes to the winner of the class with the smallest margin of victory between first and fifth place; this year, there were several highly competitive classes in contention for the lowest delta, but the winners ultimately came from the 11-boat J/70 class, where a mere four points separated first-placers from the fifth-place finisher.

SpinSheet presented a pair of trophies recognizing junior sailing success. The Junior Varsity Trophy, for teams including sailors up to 12 years old, went to Clive and David Saunders, sailing with parents Craig and Dottie on Monkey Dust to 5th in PHRF A2. The Varsity Trophy, for teams including sailors between the ages of 13 and 18, went to Riley Chadwick, sailing with Henry Filter on Wild Child to 4th in the J/70 class.

The Eleanor Ruth Wilcox Trophy, in recognition of the top finishing female skipper, went to Heidi Frist, skipper of Suzie Q in the J/30 class.

The Cal 25 class is contesting its National Championship at the Annapolis Labor Day Regatta, but will add another day of racing on Monday. At the end of Sunday's three races, reigning champion Brian Shenstone and his team on Draco, hailing from Michigan's Bayview Yacht Club, had passed the day's early leaders, Art & Scott Melendres' One Time team from California, and were holding a narrow lead over the Annapolis-based White Cap team skippered by Tim Bloomfield.

Meantime, the J/80 Chesapeake Championship title went to John White and the crew on his nameless J/80, who won that class' three races on a tiebreaker over David Andril and the Vayu crew.

Annapolis Labor Day Regatta

Division 2

J/30 (9 boats):

1. Insatiable, Ron Anderson, 2-1-1-2 = 6

2. BeBop, Bob Rutsch/Mike Costello, 1-2-3-1 = 7

3. Avenger, David Johnson, 5-4-4-4 = 17

Cal 25 (12 boats):

1. Draco, Brian Shenstone, 2-2-3 = 7

2. White Cap, Timothy Bloomfield, 4-4-1 = 9

3. One Time, Art & Scott Melendres, 1-1-9 = 11

PHRF B (3 boats):

1. Shadowfax, Glenn Smyth, 1-1-1 = 3

2. Incognito, Greg Robinson, 3-2-2 = 7

PHRF C (5 boats):

1. Defiant, Fred Caison, 2-1-1.5 = 4.5

2. Gitana, David McCullough, 1-RET-1.5 = 8.5

Division 3

J/70 (10 boats):

1. Gnixe, Steiner/Vickers, 6-1-2 = 9

2. Moxie, Cole Allsopp, 4-5-1 = 10

3. Phoenix, Peter Firey, 1-6-4 = 11

J/80 (11 boats):

1. #1162, John White, 1-5-1 = 7

2. Vayu, David Andril, 3-1-3 = 7

3. Eleven, Bert Carp, 2-7-2 = 11

Division 4

J/35 (3 boats):

1. Aunt Jean, James Sagerholm/Jerry Christofel, 1-1-1 = 3

2. Windependent, Masci/McGonigle, 2-3-2 = 7

J/105 (16 boats):

1. Mirage, Lewis/Salvesen, 1-2-1 = 4

2. Bat IV, Andrew Kennedy, 4-5-3 = 12

3. Tenacious, Carl & Scott Gitchell, 3-1-9 = 13

4. Santas Reign Dear, Donald Santa, 2-7-04 = 13

5. Better Mousetrap, Robert Putnam, 6-6-2 = 14

PHRF A1 (4 boats):

1. Saykadoo, Stephen McManus, 1-2-1 = 4

2. Slush Fund, Jim Connelly, 2-1-2 = 5

3. SqueeZeplay, Gregg Brinegar, 3-4-3 = 10

PHRF A2 (10 boats):

1. Integrity, Mike Sagan, 2-3-2 = 7

2. Jubilee, Keith Mayes, 4-2-3 = 9

3. Valiant, Matt Robbins, 5-1-4 = 10

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