NYYC Annual Regatta

Team Good TradeJ/105 Fleet 14 (Southern New England) held its inaugural 2016 season counter with the New York Yacht Club’s 162nd Annual Regatta, consisting of the Around Island Race on Friday, June 10, scored as a separate event, followed by two days of buoy racing. While the J/105 fleet had a small turnout, skippers used it to try out some new crew and tune their boats for the upcoming season. The 22-mile race around Conanicut Island (Jamestown) was highly tactical, and the lead changed several times between Sean Doyle’s Kestrel and Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault’s newly-launched Good Trade, with Mark Lindquist’s Sterling and Mark Masur’s Two Feathers close behind. Aside from deciding how close to hug the island to avoid the adverse current, each team had a lookout for overtaking maxi-boats and classic 12 meters which, while beautiful to see, cast a large wind shadow. Coming down West Passage from the Jamestown Bridge to Brenton Reef buoy at the southern tip of the island, Good Trade managed to catch the last shift and made up the distance needed to lead with a comfortable spinnaker run to the finish...only to run smack into 30 nearly-becalmed Gunboats, maxi’s, 12 meters, 8 meters, and a wide assortment of other classic yachts including Dorade, all trying to squeeze into a tiny finish line. Nicole pulled out her famous SF City-Front wing-on-wing maneuver with the kite out to starboard and the main out to port, with starboard rights, carried the dying Southerly right through the scrum to the finish, gathering a win for Good Trade in its inaugural race, followed soon thereafter by Kestrel. Saturday saw mellow stadium racing in flat water and 8-12 kt breezes off scenic Ft. Adams, between Newport and Jamestown, and Good Trade notched two more bullets. Team Stone/Breault sealed the perfect score-line on Sunday with two more bullets on the ocean course, with large swells and 15-25 knots in the first race, followed by a sustained 29-31 knots in the final race. Good Trade actually broke its bow sprit fitting in the first race and doused the kite, sailing to the finish once again wing-on-wing, without being passed. The crew were unable to make a repair, so they raced that way again in the second race, actually making 9+ knots downwind with a terrific VMG, staving off the hard-charging Sterling in both races.
J/105–5 Boats:
1. Good Trade, Bruce Stone/Nicole Breault, San Francisco, CA, USA – 1 -1 -1 -1 ;4
2. Sterling, Mark Lindquist, Kingston, MA, USA – 4 -2 -2 -2; 10
3. Two Feathers, Mark Masur, Dallas, TX, USA – 2 -3 -3 -3; 11

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