This column was contributed by a association member.
The Wickford Regatta has been hosted annually by Wickford Yacht Club in the spirit of early-season one-design fun! This year’s classes included Lasers, Club 420, International 420, F18 catamarans, 505s, J/22s, and new this year were 29ers. Both canicule were able-bodied into the 80s and low 90s, but we were adored with admirable breeze all weekend.
Racing kicked off on Day 1 about noon, with Alpha Circle active trapezoid courses for the Lasers and 420s. Bravo Circle was congenital for the bigger and faster boats, active Windward-Leeward contest of assorted lengths to atone for the admeasurement and acceleration differences alignment from the 29ers to the F18s. Earlier on in the day the wind was at a abiding 15 knots with gusts a 20 knots until it cone-shaped off anytime so hardly after in the day.
The additional day of antagonism was forecasted to be alike hotter, with a baby ability advising accepted about 2pm, but I anticipate the meteorologists had it backwards. It was still sunny, hot, and windy, but not absolutely as abundant as the antecedent day. The sky remained hardly bleared and the sea breeze never abounding absolutely as strongly, but with a acceptable 10-12 knots through best of the day it was still a absolute day for a sail!
By the end of this two-day accident with at atomic 7 contest in anniversary class, several non-Rhode Islanders took the prize. Dan Petrovic of BVI and Lawrence McGrath of Stamford, CT, angry with 15 credibility in the Laser fleet. Conner Harding of Naples, FL, won the Laser Radials with bullets in every race. Local boys Aidan Naughton and Stewie Gurnell of Saunderstown Yacht Club won the Club 420 fleet, additionally with aboriginal abode finishes all weekend long. JC Hermus and Walter Henry came in aboriginal abode for the I-420s by two points. Catherine Lindsay and Jana Landreau topped the archive for the 29ers by 4 points. In the J/22 fleet, composed absolutely of Rhode Island boats, skipper Pete Levesque and aggregation Kate Bjerregaard and Nick Cromwell of Tiverton had a agitating acceptable achievement for a 9 point total. For the 505s, Andrew Buttner and Mark Zagol of Westwood, MA, accomplished aboriginal with 9 points. And aftermost but not least, in the F16 and F18 chic composed mostly of sailors from Massachusetts, Sandra Tartaglino and Keenan Madewell of Tiverton took the accident by 5 points.
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