Close Finishes For Ames And McCurdy Trophies
By DOUG JONES
The Quissett Yacht Club wrapped up its sailing season this past Saturday with the McCurdy Trophy for the S Class and the Ames Trophy for the H 12s. The Race Committee of Mark Gordon, Sarah Meigs, Jay Dean, Alejandra Dean, and Doug Jones took advantage of a steady ESE 10-12 knot breeze by posting the similar courses of EVE (for the S class) and EDE (for the H-12’s) with both fleets instructed to finish the second time they rounded E. This provided for a short first upwind leg, followed by a run, and a beat back to the finish.
Alan Haigh and Sam Ward in Volante had a great start with Jeff Keith (visiting briefly from Colorado), Eric and Kristen Karplus in Teaticket in close pursuit. A wind shift shortly after the start kept the fleet of four gorgeous wooden boats in close proximity with Teaticket having the upper hand at the windward mark. Joe Slosberg, Josh, Emily, and Molly Bernstein in Olive were the first to have their spinnaker flying and helping their cause downwind and pulled into a slight lead; however, during the long run into the middle of Buzzards Bay the lead changed hands many times – too far away from Cornelia Carey for any accurate accounting of the action. By the time the fleet was back in view, Teaticket and Volante were matched in a tacking duel heading up the middle of the course. Teaticket esatablished a solid cover over Volante and seemed poised to grab the victory. Meanwhile Doug and Kathy Cooper and George Hunnewell in Radiant had been favoring the northern side of the course and found a favorable lift and puff that they rode to a twenty second victory.
While the S boats were out in the middle of the bay, the H 12s were enjoying their own battle for final supremacy. In addition to the Ames Trophy, the Goodwin Trophy for Best Boat and the Deirdre Saunders Award for Best Female sailor were still up for grabs. Ali and Diana Rodin in Sea Breeze had a near perfect start and sailed out to a small lead over the fleet with Tommy and Tom Tullius in Moxie close behind. Chuck First and Gay Conlin in Allie Rose opted for the starboard side of the course and quickly moved up the fleet. Mike and Emma Garfield in Phoenix found each puff and lift and rounded the windward mark with a slight advantage over Mort Saunders and Charlie Mann in Found It, Moxie, and Ted and Jancy Grayson in Swizzle. As has happened all season, once Phoenix heads downwind with a lead she will not be caught. Emma Garfield displayed her superior spinnaker skills and Phoenix opened up a seemingly insurmountable lead by the leeward mark. During the final beat to the finish, Phoenix did her best to cover the fleet, but the boats behind cleverly split tacks and left the opportunity open for someone to ride a flyer to victory. As they approached the finish line, Phoenix made her final tack to the layline with Sea Breeze in hot pursuit. Only by expertly blocking and thwarting Sea Breeze’s every move was Phoenix able to hold on to the top position and walk away with both the Ames and the Goodwin Trophies – a spectacular season for Mike, Emma, and Ben Garfield. Ali Rodin’s strong showing on this day and last week in Swizzle earned her the Deirdre Saunders Award for best female sailor.
|1.||Phoenix||Mike and Emma Garfield||52:05|
|2.||Sea Breeze||Ali and Diana Rodin||52:14|
|3.||Moxie||Tommy and Tom Tullius||53:07|
|4.||Swizzle||Ted and Jancy Grayson||53:28|
|5.||Pani Baba||Weatherly Dorris and Charity Gray||54:32|
|6.||Allie Rose||Chuck First and Gay Conlin||54:54|
|7.||Found It||Mort Saunders and Charles Mann||55:04|
|8.||Penguin||Betsy Evans and Bill Armstrong||55:11|
|9.||Cocochellie||Craig Hattabaugh and Ken Morse||61:37|