"Blazer" and "Quintessence" Place 1st and 3rd at the American Yacht Club Fall Series in Rye, NY

After two consecutive weekends of racing and 11 completed races, Chris Culver’s (CT) BLAZER proved she was the rightful winner of the IRC Division with 1-3-3-3-3-2-1-2-2-1 finishes for a mere 21 points.   She also won the Cynosure Trophy awarded for the Best Performance in IRC in the Fall Series.   Amongst her laurels, in 2014 BLAZER had been awarded the Roger Sherman Trophy for the Best Performance in the combined American Yacht Club Spring and Fall Series.

Roger Widmann (NY) and QUINTESSENCE had been holding on to 4th place until the final day of racing.  With two races remaining, she saved her best for last and took the bullet in Race 10 and was 2nd in Race 11.   She beat out a Custom Mills 43 to take 3rd for a podium placement and with 38 points she was only one point behind the 2nd place finishing Swan 45.

Widmann noted, “The wind was between 7-8 knots in Race 10 and had diminished to 5-8 knots in Race 11.  We spent the entire regatta chasing Chris Culver around the course.  There was a variety of conditions this weekend ranging from 18-23 knots against the tide on Saturday making for extra difficult conditions.  Sunday it was so light the Race Committee could only complete two races for a total of eleven in the series”.   He added, “Credit is due to our Tactician, Doug Lynn, who got us very good starts and had us on top of the shifts.  My hat is off to the QUINTESSENCE crew who performed extremely well in managing tight boat-to-boat maneuvers”. 

John Hele’s (NY) DARING finished in 6th.  Her best results were Races 7 and 9 where she placed 2nd in both.    

Results: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1645


"Natalia" Wins the Rolex Swan Cup for the Third Consecutive Time

Race Day 4 at the Rolex Swan Cup was off to an earlier than usual start with the threat of incrasing winds later in the day.   A coastal race of 18 nautical miles was scheduled - a cherished race given the stunning landscape and many islands off Sardinia.  Given the scores posted the night before Natalia Brailoiu (ROU) and NATALIA did not even need to race.  What they did do is demonstrate exactly why they deserved to win the Rolex Swan Cup for the third consecutive time.

Charter Helmsman Iacopo Lacerra (ITA) and BEWILD led for the first half of the race with NATALIA chipping away at BEWILD's lead until it was gone.  NATALIA finished the race in 1st and Massimo de Campo (ITA) and SELENE-ALIFAX were 2nd.  BEWILD took 3rd and Jose Maria Meseguer (ESP) and PEZ DE ABRIL were 4th.

NATALIA was the runawaywinner of the regatta with a 2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 for 8 points.  BEWILD was 2nd with 18 points, and PEZ DE ABRIL was 3rd with 20.1.  The results across the fleet were outstanding as the Rolex Swan Cup was the first time that six of the ten competitors had ever raced in Class One Design.

The final prize-giving was held brielfy on Piazza Azzurra.  Just as the Swan 42 Class European Chanpionship award was about to be presented a deluge of rain drove the ceremonies into Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.  NATALIA walked away with all four Daily Prizes, the Swan 42 Class European Championship, 1st Place overall in the Swan 42 Class E Division, and the Rolex Swan Cup that she shares with the winners of the other classes.

When asked what winning her third consecutive Rolex Swan Cup meant to her she said with a twinkle in her eye, "I guess that means I will be back in 2018 to defend my title." 

Results:  http://www.yccsfiles.com/results/rsc16/42_g.html





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