2015 Nationals Results
The 2015 National Championship for the International 210 Class got underway on Wednesday, August 19 with a few practice races. By Wednesday evening, a total of eleven boats from Cohasset, Hingham, South Boston, Falmouth, and Newport were ready to compete for the C Raymond Hunt Trophy. Among the competitors was the 2014 winner, Mark deShong from South Boston, in Charette 2. Ten races were planned for the four day regatta, with three each on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and one on Sunday.
Thursday was a beautiful day for racing with southeast winds ranging from 12 to 16 knots. Because of the favorable conditions, a fourth race was started, but was abandoned due to fog. Weather conditions changed significantly by Friday, when a number of storms approached from the west. During the second race, one of the storms containing torrential rain, passed through the racecourse resulting in very poor visibility. In spite of this the race was finished, although wind conditions were not stable enough to start a third race. On Saturday, the wind had shifted to the northeast producing somewhat lumpy seas, but was of consistent strength to allow for three exciting races.
After eight races, two boats were tied for first place: Wahconda, with Wiley Wakeman driving, and Hot Tub Time Machine, with Stuart Hebb driving, setting up an exciting duel on Sunday for first place. The skies were overcast when the fleet sailed out of Cohasset Harbor on Sunday morning, and the seas were again quite lumpy due to a fairly strong northeasterly breeze. Both Wahconda and Hot Tub Time Machine had the best starts and were immediately in front of the other nine boats. The two boats then went head to head for two upwind and two downwind legs until Wahconda was able to pull away and win the race and the championship.
On the first place boat Wahconda, the sailors in addition to Wiley Wakeman, were Taylor Davis and Carter Noon. On the second place boat, the sailors in addition to Stuart Hebb, were Michael and Matthew Dickey. On the third place boat Charette 2, the sailors were Mark deShong, Tim Broome, and Chris Palmieri.