Sullivan Regatta Day 1 Report
Racing got underway in the South Shore waters just off Cohasset yesterday with 14 boats competing for the perpetual Richard A. Sullivan Trophy. Participants took to the water for a 2 hour waiting game as they waited for the breeze to fill. With a fresh SE breeze settling in the RC completed 3 great races in what turned out to be a fantastic day of sailing.
As competitors lined up for the first start, the anxiety and excitement of the first race created a general recall. The tidal push across the line didn’t help either.
But with some small adjustments by RC and sailors, the first race got underway. There was just enough repositioning of the starting line to allow defending champions, Lightning – 459, to port tack the fleet. From there it was a perfect distance W/L course and not looking back after the successful start, the Lightning crew took the first race bullet.
“It is really great when you get to capitalize on opportunities like that,” stated Dave Johnson, skipper of Lightning. “There wasn’t much room for the crossings, so the gamble paid off.”
The second race was set longer race and after the start, the fleet split had teams divided. The right side paid dividends and Jeff Nothnagle and team rounded first followed by Matthews/Riley of Mania and the Lightning team. The long downwind showed a slow shift to the right and allowed early jibing boats to get the inside advantage down the run. Team Lightning took another first followed closely by Mania and Freespirit.
The third and final race of the day had a great packed start. Cohasset local, Charlie Henry, won the third start and capitalized on the first beat, rounding very close with Newport sailor, Tom Lemaire.
The short W/L was twice around and caused some confusion at the bottom mark with Henry anticipating the finish but Lemaire, inside and at his beam, requesting room to round! After some fire drills Tom Lemaire came out victorious in the third race to secure his second place position for the day.
After sailors got in, there were refreshments and a powerful wind squall that came through to give some excitement to the close of the day. The gracious grilling and camaraderie to wrap up the Saturday event was in typical Cohasset style.
Forecast for Day 2 is for light winds from the West, shifting South 5-7kts with current being a major race factor.