Brouhaha at Ted Hood Regatta

The fourth Annual Storm Trysail Club Ted Hood Regatta was held in Marblehead, MA from August 21-23. As befitting a regatta named after the multi-faceted Ted Hood – sailmaker, yacht designer, inventor, yacht builder, and America’s Cup-winning skipper, designer, sailmaker and builder – the Storm Trysail Club’s Ted Hood Regatta had a wide variety of courses, sizes and types of yachts. The 45 participating boats included six J/105s. The "THR" ran a total of eight inshore races over the course of three days: four races Friday, and two on both Saturday and Sunday, plus the ocean race on Friday night for the Double-Handed and Ocean Race entries. While the pandemic did not dampen the enthusiasm for the race, the usual shore-side festivities were eliminated entirely, and other precautions were put into place. The usual skippers’ meeting before the regatta was held via Zoom, and a COVID-19 release form had to be completed every day by all racers, all Race Committee members, and every volunteer. Three days of around-the-buoy racing began Friday in perfect conditions. Winds 10-14 knots allowed all three racing circles to get in four very competitive races. Saturday’s winds were much lighter, and after a postponement of 1.5 hours, conditions had improved to seven knots of breeze. Although it was shifty, the committees worked hard so that all three circles were able to get in two races. Sunday saw an AP fired at 1200 hrs, but the seabreeze filled in an hour later. The fleet enjoyed 16 knots, providing a great end to the regatta with several boats battling right to the last finish line to win their classes. Brouhaha, a J/105 skippered by Ric Dexter, delivered a standout performance. Their almost perfect record was marred by a "mere second." He described, "There were several maneuvers that we were able to pull off in at least 1/2 of the eight races that put us in winnable positions and kept our lanes clear. Many tight tacks and jibes made a big difference overall. The crew was on their game the whole weekend. The lines and courses were square and well managed. Short races were appropriate for the conditions, and we got in lots of races. I cannot remember a regatta where we actually got eight races in three days!" Trailing in second place was Blown Away led by Ben Chigier & Jon Samel, and Steve Hollis’ Sirocco took third. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=12937.

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