Blustery Conditions Make For An Exciting Chatham Yacht Club Regatta

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Boating , Pleasant Bay , Sports , Sailing

Sailors in the 420 class of the Chatham Yacht Club Regatta hike out over the water during a Saturday afternoon race. The winds that day were forceful, with Sunday's breezes much calmer. Kat Szmit Photo

CHATHAM – Blustery weather and soaking rain didn't stop the intrepid sailors taking part in the 2018 Chatham Yacht Club Regatta on Aug. 4 and 5, though more than a few found themselves just a little bit waterlogged.

The Regatta, which featured participants aged 8 to 89, is one of the oldest annual regattas of its kind, sailing each year since 1921. According to sailor Ted Dickson, it is also one of the only free regattas in the country.

Roughly 130 boats in the Optimist, Sunfish, Baybird, Catboat, Beetle Cat, 420, Laser, and Flying Scot classes hit the waters of Pleasant Bay for the event, held each summer during the first weekend in August.

Finlay Sullivan of the Chatham Yacht Club placed first in the Optimist Green category, followed closely behind by fellow CYC sailors Madison Macomber, James Grainger, Olivia Hecht and Sam Bartlett in the top five spots. Rounding out the Top 10 were Charlie Crowell of the Orleans Yacht Club, Karin Adamo of the Stage Harbor Yacht Club, Erin Flaherty (OYC), Avery Quake (SHYC) and Simon Blood (OYC).

Julia Scipione of the CYC took the top spot in the Optimist Championship, followed by Sarah Lenox (CYC), Chard Bartlett (CYC), Conor Donahue (SHYC), Jack Brogan (SHYC) and Sara Menesale (Hingham Maritime) in the blue division, with Cody Lamoreux of the CYC taking first in the red division, followed by fellow CYC sailors Cailyn Murphy, Tucker Lamoreux and Zoe Maggioni, with Robert Hodges-Falcone of the Hingham Maritime Center in fifth.

Brooke Bartlett of the CYC took first in the white division, with Alex Wesp, also of the CYC, in second.

In the Sunfish class, Blair Gatewood of the CYC took the top spot, followed by George McHorney, Anne Sampson, Marty Rich, Kevin Byler, Hannah Carlisle and Lucy Grant, Ryan McHorney, Hugh Sampson and Dick Drury, all from the CYC, while Karina Lamoreux and Mimoh Lee of the CYC took first in the Junior Sunfish, followed by Julia Szymanski and Sally Wray (CYC) in second.

Peter Melcher of the Pleasant Bay Camp took first place in the Baybird class, followed by Charles Melcher (PBC), Naoto Inoue and Alden Coldieck (Arundel Yacht Club), and Robin Treese and Helen Kelsey of the Namequoit Sailing Association.

Jessica and Doug Scipione of the CYC claimed victory in the 14-foot Catboat class, with the CYC's Peter McClennen taking second, Tony Davis third, Alice Ronty (CYC) fourth and Martin Smith and Bill Shipley (CYC) fifth.

Leading the Beetle Cats was the CYC duo of Carolyn and Annemarie Paczkowski, followed by Catherine Taylor and Sue Geremia (CYC), Barbara Shipley, Paul Lamoreux and Karen Taylor (CYC), Phil and Steven Robbins (CYC), Marshall and Nikki Bartlett (CYC) and Dorothy Cary and Cary Anne Kane.

Ellen Fuller and Connor Blanchet of the CYC took first in the 420 class, followed by Ryan Goldstein and Hank Bailey (CYC), Hayden Earl and Cathrine Shakin (SHYC), William Bailey and Jack Szymanski (CYC) and Joshua Dillon and Tess Adams (WDYC) rounding out the top five.

In the Laser class, Harris Padegs (CYC) took first, with Nathaniel Hammatt (CYC) in second, and Jack Melcher (PBC) in third.

The combined forces of Ted Dickson, Meredith Dart and Katie Dickson sailed to victory in the Flying Scot class, with the trio representing the Orleans Yacht Club, followed by Brian Mitchell, Connor McAvoy and Jonathan Noys of Stone Horse in second. In third place, representing the Barnstable Yacht Club were Peter Eastman and Helen and John Field, with Natalie Coleman-Fuller, Allison Coleman and Julila Fuller of the CYC in fourth, and Michael Mazulis, Chuck Winans and Eddie Goggin of Pleasant Bay Community Boating in fifth.

“The SMSA (Southern Massachusetts Sailing Championships) Prosser-Ginn Club Championship was revived in PBCB's Flying Scots for this event,” said Dickson, a chair of the CYC Regatta. “Five clubs competed.”

Races took place on Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday's weather proving the better of the two, though winds that day were much lighter.

“It seems like the CYC Regatta is always windy on Saturday and light air on Sunday,” said Dickson. “It was that way again this year. But each line still got at least two races in on Sunday morning.”