Orleans Yacht Club Caps Season With Yankee Uno Regatta

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Sailing

From left, Geoff Stucke, Cesar Brea and Alan Beckwith pose after being recognized for their top finishes at the Yankee Uno Regatta on Sept. 18 at Orleans Yacht Club. PHOTO COURTESY OF RON JOLICOEUR 

Southeastern Massachusetts’ sunfish sailing fleet closed out its season Sept. 18 with the Yankee Uno at Orleans Yacht Club. Fourteen boats led by some of the top sailors in the northeast were tested by gusty southwest winds under a hot sunny sky.

The winds proved costly, as numerous capsizes led to multiple lead changes. In the end, tiebreakers were implemented to determine first and second as well as third and fourth places.

Lincoln resident Cesar Brea was crowned the first-place champion over Medfield resident Alan Beckwith after the two tied with 11 points. Geoff Stucke from the Wequaquet Lake Yacht Club in Barnstable and Rick Stewart of Wellesley both posted matching 17s, though Stucke was awarded third place as the tiebreaker winner.

Charlie Shipway (Martha’s Vineyard) rounded out the top five behind Stewart, while Paul Dierze (Topsfield), Peter Wilson (Plymouth), Peter Gregory (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and Les Johnston (Medway) took the next four spots in order.

Other sailors included Rapid Buttner, Doug Blewitt, Drew and Jeff Lambert and Eric Woodman.

Awards presenter Deb Barnet shared the history of the Yankee Duo Regatta, which began at the Sherborn Yacht Club before relocating to the Cape, where it was first held in Pleasant Bay before moving to its current location in Orleans Town Cove.

The race is normally a two-day regatta, with past Saturday races serving as the “Chowder Cup” and the Sunday race being “Just Desserts.” Due to scheduling, this year’s race was held on one day and was dubbed the Chowder for Desserts Cup. Following the third race, the traditional chowder lunch was served with desserts.

Diane Dodge and her sister Carol Penfield, daughters of the late Bill Moore of OYC, were both involved, with Dodge serving as the regatta’s principal race officer. Barnet completed the scoring on the committee boat, while DS Fleet 15 captain Sid Snow helped organize the event.

It was a festive day for OYC, which saw race committee chair Barry Alper, Curtis Villamizer, Ron Jolicoeur, Rob Heath, Dottie Mackey and Carol Alper out on the water. Race committee co-chair Lydia Hopkins led a kitchen staff that included Wendy Waterman, Candy Barker and Pat Fitzgerald.

The race was open to all sunfish class boats. Skippers were encouraged to join the International Sunfish Class Association but weren’t required to do so in order to participate.

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