The American Yacht Club Spring Series concluded on Sunday with 8 races run in an event that was keenly anticipated after a long winter in the Northeast US. Chris Culver’s (USA-CT) BLAZER won 5 out of 8 races demonstrating domination in this very competitive One Design fleet of Swan 42s.
It was a great time and we had terrific work from the guys for staying with every race,” stated Culver. “It was light, shifty and a tough breeze this weekend and I am so proud of the guys in this kick-off to the season,” he added. “Hats off to all my good friends and competitors in the Swan 42 fleet.”
Charles Kenahan’s (USA-MA) MAHALO finished in 2nd Place and took the bullet in Race 7. “Our team loves this regatta – Spring or Fall Series – and we look forward to it,” he enthusiastically stated. “We had a lot of rust after the long winter and shook it off. There is lots of good competition from the Swan 42s here,” he added.
Paul Zabetakis’s (USA-RI) IMPETUOUS has been absent from this regatta for some time. However, with a re-vamped crew and a jump on the season at Key West Race Week he took 3rd in this regatta. He beat out Roger Widmann’s (USA-NY) QUINTESSENCE by one point and Ted Madara (USA-NY) and Gibb Kane’s (USA-NY) MUTINY by two points.
Andrew Nawn, mast and mid-bow for IMPETUOUS declared, “Congratulations to the Race Committee for getting in 8 races. The hospitality, courtesy and graciousness of the American Yacht Club is to be commended,” said Nawn.
Congratulations to charter helmsman, Colin Gordon (USA-CT) who was only able to sail APPARITION in the second weekend of the series. With owners, Ken and Ginny Colburn (USA-MA) aboard he took two bullets in Races 6 and 8. Ken Colburn served as tactician for this event.
The fleet heads to Newport (RI) now for the Leukemia Cup on June 6, a fun charity event.