Two events took place stimultaneously this weekend: The Greenport Ocean Race at the Eastern end of Long Island and the second weekend of the American Yacht Club Fall Series.
Brendan Brownyard's "Barleycorn" was the sole Swan 42 representing the fleet in the Greenport distance race. Although he could not be reached for comment, this is a favorite race for him to end the season on. He won his class in the IRC Division.
In the waters of Western Long Island Sound a battle was taking place on the final weekend of the AYC Fall Series. Very light winds prevailed yesterday and only one race was completed. Saturday's lone race was won by Charles Kenahan's "Mahalo", with Chris Culver and "Blazer" taking 2nd, and Colin Fitzpatrick helming Roger Widmann's "Quintessence"" to 3rd. Gibb Kane and Drew Shea's "Mutiny" was 4th. Missing from action this weekend and left with a tie between the two boats, the USMMA entries were apparently absent as a result of the government shutdown of non-essential workers that affected the staff at the Academy.
Today brought 8-10 knots of wind and lumpy seas with fog and drizzle all day. In Race 7 "Quintessence" was 1st, "Mutiny" was 2nd, "Blazer" was 3rd, and "Mahalo" 4th. In the last race "Mahalo" took the bullet with "Blazer" 2nd, "Quintessence" 3rd, and "Mutiny" 4th. Tied on points, "Blazer" edged our "Mahalo" for the win in the series.
"It was a great breeze today and a game of survival", stated Culver. "All the boats had their moments and everyone had shots", he added. "We were lucky to hold on as we were over early in the 2nd race, but we couldn't let "Mahalo" go."
Kenahan noted, "The racing is very close and "Blazer" came right back in the last race." "We continue to work on crew work and all the boats make us better", he said.
Gosia Rojek's "Better Than..." placed 4th in IRC. In the last three races of the series, she garnered a 2nd and two 3rds.
Six Swan 42s took to the line this first weekend of the American Yacht Club Fall Series in Rye, NY. The Fall and Spring Series events have always been a favorite for many in the fleet as it is a chance to perform in the local waters of Long Island Sound. Five races were run and once again the fleet was close.
Chris Culver and "Blazer" secured three 1st places with one 2nd and one 3rd. "We got off to a good start on Saturday with two bullets due to a great effort by the team executing flawlessly", commented Culver. "And as you would expect, all the 42s did a good job today dialing it in with three different teams getting bullets making for tight racing in fresher breeze than Saturday", he added. "We know we'll have to step it up another notch next weekend to have a chance to win the Fall Series", he noted.
Roger Widmann's "Quintessence" took a bullet in Race 3 today and Charles Kenahan and "Mahalo" claimed the bullet in Race 5. The two United States Merchant Marine Academy's boats, "Orbit" and "Tiburon" performed well both days.
Gosia Rojek and "Better Than..." are racing in IRC with a very competitive fleet. They had a good day today with a 3rd and 4th in two of their races.
Racing continues next weekend. It is anticipated there will be six 42s on the line in One Design next weekend.