Thursday, November 5, 2015

J/Teams Top Manhasset Fall Series Regatta

J/88 sailing Manhasset Fall seriesJ/88 Wins PHRF 2, J/29 Smokes PHRF 3
(Manhasset, NY)- The 37th Annual Manhasset Bay YC Fall Series took place over the past two weekends on western Long Island Sound.  There was an enormous presence of J sailors in the event with a large J/105 class of nine boats and various J’s sailing in all PHRF handicap fleets with terrific performances in the seven+ race series.

Starting with the “big boats”, PHRF 1 Class saw Paul Strauch’s J/111 ANDIAMO sailing a very consistent regatta, nearly pulling off a class win save for a 7th in their 4th race that had to be their “toss” race.  Their scoreline of 3-2-2-7-1-3-3 was good enough for 14 pts net and third overall, just 3 pts out of 1st!  Taking fourth was stablemate SPIKE, the J/111 sailed by Sam Talbot.

J/105s sailing Manhasset fall seriesJ crews dominated PHRF 2 Class with Doug McKeige and the crew of the J/88 JAZZ having an outstanding performance, winning PHRF 2 on a tie-breaker with 9 pts.  Like a freight train getting rolling down the tracks, McKeige’s crew gathered steam every race and posted an impressive 4-2-2-2-1-1-1 record. Losing the tie-break was Carl Olsson’s J/109 MORNING GLORY, not able to find a way to beat the fast J/88 team, closing with three 2nds to take the silver.  Third was yet another J/88, Iris Vogel’s DEVIATION sailing the most consistent record imaginable, with six 3rds in 7 races!  Finally, fourth place was secured by Bob Schwartz’s J/109 NORDLYS.

The J/105s had good racing overall, but there is no question that past 105 champion Damian Emery is back on form, guiding his familiar ECLIPSE team to first overall with just four 1sts and three 2nds for just 8 pts total.  Second was Marcus Wunderlich’s STRATOS with 12 pts and in third was George & Alex Wilbanks’ REVELATION in third position.

J/111 Andiamo sailing Manhassest Fall seriesThe PHRF 3 Class also had a near total eclipse by J sailors.  Winning by a significant margin was Tom & Julie Sinatra’s J/29 SMOKIN’J with three 1sts and two 2nds in the record to win by the comfortable margin of 4 pts.  Taking third was Jason Viseltear’s J/80 UPSETTER and in fourth place was Todd Aven’s THIN MAN.

Finally, Robert Taylor’s J/34c MINX sailed an all top two record to take 2nd place in the PHRF Non-spinnaker class.

Of note for J/88 owners, Jeff Pawlowski of JPBOATWORKS <> does deliveries of J/88s to regattas, so if you are dying to go to Key West but did not know how to get your boat there, get in touch with Jeff.  (He owns J88 "East Eights" and will be in Key West as well).  For more Manhasset Fall Series sailing information