Photo by M.A. Fisher: 3rd place, Ginny Worcester and Anne Munkenbeck Black Rock and Norwalk; 2nd place, Lauren Toretta and Karen Lau, IHYC; 1st place, Katherine Morgan and Nicole Casey, Noroton YC
By Karen Lau
The 6th annual Lorna Whittelsey Weekend Series was held last weekend at Indian Harbor. It was the last Ideal 18 women’s regatta of the season, a qualifier for the YRALIS Andrea Watson Trophy, and a 2-day event with spinnakers.
All was aligned for the entire weekend with the great competition comprised of 12 teams hailing from Stonington Harbor to Larchmont, perfectly sunny skies, and 8-11 knots throughout both days. There were 2 all-timers and 14 first-timers, a mother-daughter team - Tori and Lindsay Gimple (Stonington Harbor), and just-out-of-collegiates - Elizabeth Hansen (Larchmont) and Melanie Gedney (Cedar Point).
Photo by M.A. Fisher: 2nd place - IHYC team Lauren Toretta and Karen Lau
All was square, meaning Saturday’s 1.5 nm windward leeward courses set by PRO Roger van Loveren and his RC team with the steady SSW breeze. It allowed for 6 fleet races, over 5 hours, with competitors fighting their way each leg. But Kate Morgan and Nicole Casey of Noroton, sailed smooth and steady all day and sadly had to drop their only 2nd place to win the Lorna Whittelsey Women’s Regatta. Indian Harbor’s Lauren Toretta and Karen Lau placed 2nd, only 1 point ahead of Ginny Worcester (Black Rock) and Anne Munkenbeck (Norwalk).
Photo by Tom Clark: Sunday’s Distance Race around the islands.
All was around the Captain Harbor Islands for the Lorna Sunday Distance Race. With a gusty NNE, van Loveren and his team set up a start line just south of race mark X and had the racers sail clockwise around the Captain Harbor Islands. The fleet stayed tight with their kites covering each other around the back of the islands. The fishing boats along Payea Reach, south of Great Captain, had no idea the racers were broad-reaching by them, with the tide, at 5.7 knots! Heading around the red nun, it proved best to hug the west side of Great Captain towards the finish by Belle Haven. It was a photo finish with Hansen and Gedney just inches ahead of Indian Harbor’s Lau and Lili Tarbell. Morgan and Casey finished third.
All was memorable sailing, as well as the time for the competitors, RC, and supporters to share stories, racing experiences, and ideas to improve skills at the Event Dinner and Sunday Brunch.
All was perfect, even the javelin.