With an amazing Western Hemisphere regatta at LSYC this last week you would think there would be nothing more to talk about. Let’s talk, team racing, world championships, and Star boat racing and the amazing talent we have in great sailors at LSYC. Today’s Main Sheet has our best talent facing challenges, heart breaks, and success. Our club has several former US Sailing team members. We have members that race internationally and compete in world championships. Let’s look closely at a few of the LSYC talent below.
For example, our own Duane Delfosse raced at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Cork Ireland, in the 505 Worlds in a 75 boat fleet. Yes, Ireland that place across the Atlantic Ocean. It’s an awful lot of work just getting logistics and organized to get to the start line. If you looked closely on the water this summer Duane was out on Lake Sunapee practicing and training for the Worlds this summer. It takes dedication and commitment to race in a World Championship overseas. Duane’s dedication to the sport and willingness to accept a challenge is the essence of racing. Nice racing Duane!
Another LSYC sailor, Brian Doyle, faced a different challenge of returning the Hinman Masters Trophy to the New York Club after an 8 year drought. This year they found success in that effort. The Hinman Masters is team racing at its best. What…. team racing? Team racing has 3 boats on a team competing to get their three boats across the finish line first. The races have on the water judges that make the calls for penalties during racing. Strategy, tactics, and superior boat handling usually win the event. Congratulations Brian!
This year’s Western Hemisphere came down to the last day of racing, and the last wind shift of the day. Incredibly tight racing in mentally grueling conditions. On the last day of racing Andy Ivey, local Star legend, was in a commanding 2nd place position with Reid Krakower as his crew. He was closely followed by Peter Follansbee with crew Nat Cook, and former America's Cup skipper Paul Cayard, sailing with LSYC’s own Brad Nichol, former US Sailing team member. The last day would be a test of patience. 6 boats were in position to win the coveted Western Hemisphere Championship going into the last race. Shifts and lulls dropped boats from first to 20th in a single leg of the course. Andy faced heartbreak as the shifts did not play in his favor in both races on the last day. Sometimes a top boat was in position to win the event and then quickly saw it all erased in a wind shift or dying breeze. Peter Follansbee and Nat Cook were winning the Western Hemisphere regatta rounding the top mark in second place in the last race. The finish line was in sight for their win. Paul Cayard and Brad Nichol were slippery fast in the light conditions off the wind and were in first. A dying breeze spread the fleet across Lake Sunapee and collapsed 15 boats onto Peter and Nat’s position on the course. Agony!... Nat and Peter finished 12th in the race and dropped back to 5th overall for the regatta. Nat, Peter, and Andy are truly great sailors to have positioned themselves with the opportunity to win it all, earned admiration and respect, and they have the grit to win the next one. Paul and Brad found success and would go on to win the race and win the Western Hemisphere regatta. Congratulations Brad!
The Western Hemispheres on Lake Sunapee was simply incredible, the dinners, the racing, and most of all the people…amazing! Huge thank you to Brad Nichol and John Chiarella organizing the Star fleet, and Taryn Chiarella for working tirelessly behind the scenes. Many thanks to the Flag Officers and board and the Lake Sunapee Yacht Club (Ali and Tim) for making this event special.
This upcoming weekend the Stars will race on Saturday and Sunday in the Labor Day Series, and the Cruising Fleet has their End to End Race on Sunday at 1 pm. And don’t forget, the Sailor’s picnic is on Labor Day, Monday the 5th, at 12 pm. Would love to see you all there!