American Yacht Club Spring Series

Seventy boats competed over the course of two weekends in the 38th Annual American Yacht Club Spring Series Regatta. This year was no disappointment as the final weekend brought breezes and sunny skies to challenge racers as they prepare their boats and crew for another sailing season in the Northeast. The Spring Series saw eight classes complete 10 and 11 races on the East and South courses respectively, over the two-weekend event. Race days were followed by cocktails and food on the picturesque lawn of the American Yacht Club overlooking the course. Paul Beaudin's LouLou with crew, Lionel Crear, Miguel Sanchez Maymi, Carina Becker, Dave Schrader and Burton Williams walked away with the nine-boat J/105 fleet victory at 14 points, keeping Thom Hering and his Trifecta at a safe distance in second. Third place was hotly contested as three boats posted 38 points each. The Junior Sailors of American Yacht Club, however, topped the group by winning two races during the series. The junior team, made up of high school age 420 sailors, began their keelboat racing experience led by US Sailing's "Volunteer Coach of the Year," Peter Becker. Peter had coached and nurtured these young sailors to unprecedented success in the 2016 Newport to Bermuda Race. For complete results, visit

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