Extremely light winds prevailed for the 2018 Ideal 18 North American Championship, hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY on September 29 & 30, 2018. Thirty-seven teams competed, and when the dust had cleared one of the 12 teams from the host club stood atop the podium.
© Maureen C. Koeppel
Cardwell Potts was at the helm with Ted Ferrarone calling tactics as these two LYC sailors raced neck-and-neck with Skip Shumway and Aslan Sweeney (Rochester, NY) throughout the four-race regatta. Potts and Ferrarone were in second place after Saturday’s first two races, with Shumway and Sweeney in third, but lost ground in the third race and had to put two boats between them for the win. In Sunday’s finale, Potts and Ferrarone finished second while Shumway/Sweeney took fourth, putting them into a tie at 11 points each. The tiebreaker favored the hometown team and Potts and Ferrarone claimed the championship.
This regatta was challenging logistically, with Sailing Director Hobie Ponting having to corral 30 borrowed boats and member volunteers stepping up to help move the boats back and forth as well as race. Principal Race Officer Cynthia Parthemos wrenched all the sailing possible out of the weekend, Event Chair Angela Nesbitt managed the logistics ably, and the LYC staff put on a great event for the sailors. Complete results are posted at YachtScoring.com.