October Mainsheet is here
The 2019 Rhodes 19 National Championship wrapped up Saturday in Hull Bay, MA with the 36 boat fleet completing eight races in light to moderate conditions. Chris, Debbie, and Christopher Schreiber won the regatta with a steady scoreline of 2-(7)-1-1-3-2-2-3 for 14 points. Taking 2nd with 28 points was Dave Nelson who sailed with his son and daughter, and finishing 3rd was Nat and Jim Taylor sailing with Yati Harsono with 30 points. Rounding out the top five was Hingham’s Joe Berkeley in 4th with 33 points and Wilson Kaznoski in 5th with 35 points. It should be noted that of the top five boats, four were sailing with family crews!
Hosted jointly by Hingham and Hull Yacht Clubs (Rhodes Fleet 46), the first two days of the regatta were raced in light winds with the race committee doing well to get two races in each day. The final day was a beautiful sunny 12-17 knot northeasterly that saw four good races completed. The regatta saw five different boats winning races in the eight race series and clean racing with only one protest heard over the three day event.
Full results here:
Presidents Trophy – Tommy Taggart
Cressy Trophy (2nd Place) – Benz Faget
Jensen Trophy – Rick McGregor
Novice Trophy – Robert Adams
Travel Trophy – Charlie Obersheimer
Don Quixote Trophy – Rick McGregor
Corinthian Trophy – Robert Adams
Fleet Trophy – Fleet 7
Rick McGregor (above left) won the 2018 Rhodes 19 National Championship title by winning the final race of an 11-race series on October 5–7 in New Orleans, LA. The weather gods provided great racing conditions over the three day event.
McGregor held a small lead after the first two days over five-time R19 National Champion and local ace, Benz Faget. However, two races into the final day, Faget had taken a one-point lead with just one race remaining.
In fantastic racing conditions, Faget found himself on the wrong side of shift, dropping him back into fifth place while McGregor, with Heather Funkhauser/ Gary Taylor and Jackson Benvenutti calling tactics, maneuvered into a three-way fight for first place with Mike Lane of Marblehead and local fleet captain Rocky Sanchez.
The three boats surfed down the final leg of the final race jockeying for the win. McGregor’s Pog Ma Hon surfed past the others to take a half boat-length win in the final race and the series.
The twenty-boat fleet had sailors from Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and New York, but it was the locals from Southern Yacht Club that dominated the final standings, taking 4 of the top 5 overall places. Only Marblehead’s Mike Lane broke the local stranglehold, finishing third overall behind McGregor and Faget. Sanchez took fourth place and Dwight LeBlanc Jr rounded out the top five.