Seventy seven boats travelled to the Sarasota Sailing Squadron March 20-22. Fine wind and fair skies provided perfect conditions for seven different classes.
By far the largest group, the Canadian dominated Albacore fleet showed up in force. Thirty nine boats from as far away as England congregated on the start line to prepare for the upcoming Albacore International Regatta the following week. Darren Monster, of the Outer Harbour Centreboard Club in Toronto, set the pace on his way to first place. The winner of the 2014 Ontario Albacore Championship won 5 of 9 races with no finish lower than a 6.
Coming second was Barney Harris of the Potomac River Sailing Association. The former National and International Champion posted two bullets to finish 8 points behind the leader. Author of The Complete Guide to Albacore Sailing, Barney will be one to watch at the upcoming International Regatta.
In third place, Paul Clifford of Westwood Sailing Club in Toronto overcame some finishes in the teens on the first day. He posted two seconds and two thirds in the last four races. Paul has been at SSS for the past week preparing for the 10 days of Albacore racing at the end of March.
The second largest class was VX One. Builder Brian Bennett of Bennet Yachting, Inc. won three races to take first place for the series. Jeff Eiber of Cleveland, OH, won two races to finish two points out of the lead. Michael Norris of Plymouth MA, won three races and ended up third.
Sarasota Youth Sailing instructor Will Stocke could only sail two of the three days. With that limited race opportunity, he still managed to sail his borrowed boat to two 1st and two 2nd place finishes. Friday he sailed with Sarasota youth sailing director Alana O’Reilly and Sunday with Bryan White. His finishes averaged 3 points.
E Scows fielded seven boats. Bill Nolden of Venice, FL and Barneget Bay, NJ crushed the fleet with seven straight bullets. In second place, Jim Barr’s crew had a shot at Nolden in one race but chose the unfavored end of the finish line. Bill Kimbel recruited sailing master John Jennings who helped them pull off three second place finishes but they missed a race, finishing third overall.
Guess who showed up in the 6 boat Windmill Class! None other than Arthur Anosov, world class sailor fresh off a third place finish at Star North American Championship last fall. He won every race and left Lon Etherington, Colin Browning and Allen Chauvenet fighting it out in the following three places.
Christine and David Kelly also put a whooping on their five boat fleet of Daysailers. They won 8 out of 10 races and threw out a third. That left one first place finish for Mark Rother (2nd overall) and one for Robert Damon (3rd). The Kellys have their names on the Daysailer Midwinter perpetual trophy so many times that your scribe thought he was developing double vision when he saw it.
You know the weather is bad up north when S2 7.9s come from Kentucky and Michigan to race in a three boat fleet. John Spierling from Shelby Township, MI won all eight races.
In the two boat “Other” class Mark Grinder’s assymetrical E Scow couldn’t keep up with the symmetrical E Scows but managed to beat Donald Fancher’s E-System which posted three seconds and four DNCs.
Complete results at: http://www.regattanetwork.com (Click on "Results Archive")