Fair Winds Make For Spirited Chatham Yacht Club Regatta

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Chatham , Sports , Sailing

Catboats and Sunfish gather for the start of a race in the 2019 Chatham Yacht Club Regatta held Aug. 3-4 on Pleasant Bay. Kat Szmit Photo


PLEASANT BAY – Beachgoers were treated to a stunning sight on Aug. 3 when 126 boats of varying sizes took to the waters of Pleasant Bay for the 2019 Chatham Yacht Club Regatta. The key to the event's success? Its volunteers.

“We claim to be the oldest and longest running free regatta in the United States,” said CYC member and skipper Ted Dickson. “The volunteers made it possible for the event to be free for the competitors.”

Sailors ranged in age from the single digits (8 years old) to 86, with vessels including Optimists, Sunfish, Baybirds, Catboats, Beetle Cats, 420s, Lasers, and Flying Scots all tackling some fairly hefty southwesterly wind on Day 1 of racing. Those winds lightened and turned northwest on Sunday, making for a super weekend of sailing.

Davis Poor of the Orleans Yacht Club won the Optimist Green category, with fellow CYC member Julia Scipione winning the Optimist Championship. Duncan Howes of the CYC came in first in the Sunfish class, followed by CYC's Blair Gatewood in second and Jason Anthony of the Cooper River Yacht Club in third. Zachary Earnshaw of the West Dennis Yacht Club took first in the Junior Sunfish, while Chuck Melcher of Pleasant Bay came in first in the Baybirds.

CYC member Hunter Rosenthal placed first in the 14-foot Catboats, with CYC's Calder Robbins taking the top spot in the Beetle Cat class. CYC's Ryan McGauley sailed to a first place finish in the 420 division, with Hingham Yacht Club's Fisher Winslow taking first in the 420 Green class.

Stage Harbor Yacht Club's Alex Gonzalez took first in the Laser class, with the Coleman sisters, Natalie and Allison, taking first in the Flying Scots.

Sportsmanship Awards were won by Max Wesp and Isabel Dickson of the CYC for honesty and sportsmanship in the Junior Sunfish category, as well as JD Fougere of SHYC in the Opti Green, and Elle Frankston and Henna Gallico from CC Sea Camps, all for perseverance.

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