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IHYC Hosts First Junior Regatta of the Season

The 2019 Law Trophy winners: Duncan Craine, CPYC, Laser Radial; Carter Boykin-Holland, LYC, Laser; Robbie Upton and Oliver West (4th and 5th from left), Stamford YC; Freddie Parkin and Asher Beck (3rd and 6th from left), Riverside YC, Club 420.

On July 1st and 2nd, IHYC hosted more than 50 junior sailors across four classes—Laser, Laser Radial, Club 420s and RS Feva XLs—for the Commodore Law Trophy Regatta, first run in 1929. The Laser Radial class was the largest, with 20 entrants, and featured tight competition. Cedar Point’s Duncan Craine emerged the winner, with Maddy Saffer (AYC) in second and Andrew Powers (AYC) in third. IHYC’s Sophie Debs took sixth place in her first season in the boat.

Oliver West and Robbie Upton (SYC) won the the RS Feva XL class, with CPYC’s Andrew Sugerman and Oliver Fenner in second and the IHYC team of George Helme and Elizabeth Cutting in third place. The Feva class was the strongest for IHYC, with three out of six entrants.

                                                Elizabeth Cutting, Commodore Graves, and George Helme

In the Club 420 class, Freddie Parkin and Asher Beck (RYC) took first place, with Clark Morris and Manuel Cadarso (AYC) second and Christopher Tella and Grayson Tella (OGYC) in third. Carter Boykin-Holland (LYC) won the Laser full rig class, with Matt Wiig of Noroton YC in second. 

Competitors came from Stamford, Noroton, American, Indian Harbor, Old Greenwich, Cedar Point, Pequot, Larchmont and Riverside Yacht Clubs. You can see the full results here. 

The two-day regatta consisted of a Monday that featured extreme wind shifts—180 degrees!—and puffy conditions. Changes in pressure occasionally resulted in fleets coming together at rounding marks, such as in the photo below.

                                                               Crowded Mark Rounding (George Yankowich)

Hard work by the race committee enabled five races to be completed on Monday. Unfortunately, lack of wind meant that no races were able to be started on Tuesday. The race committee hung on until 2pm, but eventually had to abandon racing for the day.

                                                                    Waiting for wind. Photo by Mary Alice Carmichael
On the plus side, one of the race committee brought playing cards.  See the photo below.

                                                              Waiting for wind 2 Photo by Jonathan Reynolds.
Thanks to the hard work on Monday, the regatta was completed. A good number of competitors stayed for the awards ceremony and the sumptuous buffet of kid-friendly food, including pizza, tater tots and ice cream. The race committee received a nice round of applause.

Thanks to all the competitors, coaches, and parents for supporting this event. We hope to see you at our next major junior event, the JSA Club 420, Laser & Laser Radial Championships on August 5-6.

By David Seabrook