By William Adler
More than 450 sailors competed in five classes of sailboat racing on June 1 & 2, as Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT hosted part 1 of its 2019 OneDesign Regatta. This popular event attracted so many entries in recent years that it will be staged on two separate dates this year. On June 1-2, the club hosted racing for J/70, J/88, J/105, J/109 and Beneteau First 36.7 classes. The regatta was part of the J/109 East Coast Regatta Series. The second event, the Fontelieu Invitational ODR on September 28 & 29, will be open to smaller OneDesign boats – Thistles, Flying Scots, Lightnings, Aeros, Wazps and Lasers.
Winning skippers in the five classes racing June 1-2 (53 boats competing):
J/105 – Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson; Conundrum, Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY
J/70 – Oivind Lorentzen; Nine; Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT
J/88 – Iris Vogel; Deviation; Huguenot Yacht Club, New Rochelle, NY
Beneteau First 36.7 – Alistair Duke, Frequent Flyer, Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, from Wilton, CT
J/109 – Bill Sweetser, Rush, Annapolis Yacht Club, Annapolis, MD
The highest finisher among Westport residents was Joshua Goldman in Building A, finishing second in the J/70s. Joshua races out of Cedar Point Yacht Club.
“The annual summer OneDesign Regatta at Cedar Point Yacht Club has become so popular that it outgrew being a one-weekend event,” said John Cooke, CPYC OneDesign Regatta Chairman. “We thank our many CPYC volunteers for making the first part of our 2019 event a great success. By staging two regattas, we will be able to host more fleets and boats, and to better deploy our CPYC race volunteers over two weekends.”
Part 1 of the 2019 OneDesign regatta was presented by North Sails, Title Sponsor, and Fairfield County Bank, along with Rex Marine and Regatta Premium Craft Mixers. Complete results are posted at YachtScoring.com.
Cedar Point Yacht Club was organized 132 years ago, in 1887, by Fairfield County sailing enthusiasts. This regatta comes just a few months after CPYC won US Sailing’s prestigious award, the “One Design Club of the Year.”
For more information, visit cedarpointyc.org. ■