Good Trade wins Cedar Point One Design Regatta

IMG_3645Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault (Good Trade #96) launched their 2017 East Coast J/105 program with a solid win at the Cedar Point One Design Regatta, scoring four bullets and two seconds for 8 points, followed by George & Alex Wilbanks on Revelation with 11 points, Davie Willis’ Solution with 18 points, and Jordan Mindich’s Shakedown in fourth place with 19 points. Many teams were using the regatta as a warm-up for Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week, and got a lot of chance for practice in widely varying conditions, generally mid to high teens on Saturday except for a brief 40 kt squall that ripped through the race course, and 4-8 kt on Sunday. On both days, the ebb tide was a significant factor in gauging starts as well as lay-line calls. According to Stone, "We used our flatter, heavy air jib on Saturday and cross-sheeted to have our team always on the high side, and be able to shift gears when hitting a wave set or needing to duck some traffic from other fleets on the race course. Nicole trims both main and jib upwind, and we maintain a running dialogue on what we’re trying to accomplish. She also breaks on tacks so our crew can stay on the rail until the last moment. During the squall, while boats were shredding or dropping their spinnakers, Good Trade got up onto a plane and surfed at 18+ kt, something we last did at Block two years ago when we hit 20.9 kt during the Around Island Race. On Sunday, we were sheeting to the low side as well as roll-tacking the boat, and used our light LA-3 AP jib, which is optimized for 3-10 kt. Both days were quite shifty so we avoided pinching and instead sailed low and fast to get to the next shift. With such an unstable wind direction, we also found it profitable to jibe soon after rounding the windward mark and carry that down to the gates. In general, there were great opportunities for the crew to practice everything, and we now feel readier for Block. Trimming sails on Good Trade was Mark Taylor, a new J/105 owner (#246 based in Mystic, CT), at pit was John Sahagian, owner of J/109 Picante, and two dinghy sailors, Claire Dennis and Meredith Killian, who provided wind calls and ran the bow." For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2999. Link to wrap-up video: https://youtu.be/iCd-PUR2gFQ.

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