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NYCC 2010 Regatta Report - and...results posted!

NYCC Jr. Regatta 2010
July 28, 2010
Another great day of sailing was had at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. We had a steady 8-12 knots of wind with over 31 kids sailing. There were seven 420s, 10 Red/Blue/White sailors, and 7 Green fleet sailors. In the Green fleet we had a few warm up races in the morning to get the kids ready for some more racing in the afternoon. After the lunch break we had a couple of regular races, and then we changed the course up a little to keep it exciting. We sent them around channel markers, moored boats, crab pots, and no wake signs. At the end of the day all the kids loved it and were asking when the next event was.
Out on the RBW course, there were 7 races, which included one drop. Jessica Williams had a very consistent day, which took her to the top of the leader board with four 1st places, two 2nd places and a third which was her drop. Demetra Protogyrou started out strong with pulling off two bullets, but then struggled a little in race 3 and 4, which meant that she had to use her discard early on in the regatta. Demetra managed to pull herself back together and finished off the regatta strong to win red fleet and second overall. A surprise upset was white fleet sailor Galt Oliver, who came out a little slow at the beginning of the regatta but turned on the jets to claim the third spot overall and the win in white fleet. Very close behind Galt was Ann Burns Morrison, and Jack Whitmore, who were battling it out for 4 and 5, and in the end, Ann Burns came out ahead by one point. The rest of the sailors had a great day of sailing, and they came back in with only positive things to say. A big round of applause goes out to all the sailors in the Optimist fleet.
On our 420 course we had two local high school sailors join in on the fun, and used their knowledge to walk away with the top two spots. They gave each other a great deal of competition, swapping positions throughout the 8 races. Thomas Etheridge and his crew Kevin ended up winning the regatta with 5 first place finishes. It was his high school team mates of Daniel Russell and his crew Catherine who took the second spot. Feild Russell and crew Craig Shepherd gave brother Daniel and Catherine a run for their money at the end of the regatta managing to grab a couple of 2nd place finishes, which sealed Feild and Craig in 3rd place overall.
Overall it was a great day. It was unfortunate that we didn’t get any other clubs down to join us in our regatta, but we still had a great time, and we’re looking forward to next year.
David Tunnicliffe
dtunn03@yahoo.com