Chatham Yacht Club's Coleman Sisters Make A Splash In Orleans Daysailer Regatta

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Sailing

The Coleman sisters with sail 2015 lead the way as Ted Dickson and Meredith Dart (2834) and Mike McCaffrey and Suzanne Boohar (3797) follow along in the hopes of catching up.  KAT SZMIT PHOTO

ORLEANS – Unpredictable winds didn't faze the intrepid sailors taking part in the 2018 New England Region Daysailer Regatta on July 14, with the Coleman sisters of the Chatham Yacht Club claiming a first-place victory after a day of successful sailing hosted by the Orleans Yacht Club.

Natalie Coleman-Fuller and Allison Coleman were at the top of the list of finishers in the event, a solid warm up for the upcoming Daysailer North American Championship, happening July 20 to 25 in Annapolis, Md.

The sisters had a stellar day on Town Cove, finishing first in all but one race to come away with an impressive three points. Similar to golf, lowest score takes the win. Following Natalie and Allison were fellow Chatham Yacht Club sailors Ted Dickson and Meredith Dart with six points, while Mike McCaffrey and Suzanne Boohar took third with seven points.

Rounding out the top six, each of whom will go on to sail in the NACR, were JP Mann of the Quannapowitt Yacht Club and Leona Bicker of the Orleans Yacht Club in fourth, Wayne Hastings and Peter Radke of the OYC in fifth, and Brian Wilson and Andy Daigle of QYC in sixth.

“The New England region produces some very skilled competitors in the Daysailer class, with many from the Outer Cape,” said race committee co-chair Curtis Villamizar, who added that the event was a success due in large part to the many OYC members who prepared the day's breakfast and lunch buffets. “OYC Commodore Jeff Roy was on hand throughout the day to assure all went

smoothly, as well as past Commodore Steve Downs, who operated one of the safety boats. Mark Farber served as principle race officer.”

The daylong event included a series of morning races in the F and M course formations, with winds demanding an M2 and B course formation during the afternoon races.

“The Orleans Daysailer Regatta was designated this year as the 2018 New England Daysailer Championship,” said Villamizar. “In addition to this regatta being the New England Championship, this is a good warm up for the NACR. Three of the 10 skippers participating won the NACR in past

years, not surprisingly the top three finishers, with the next three finishers also planning to race in this year's NACR.”