Indian Harbor Yacht Club, CT — October 4 2020 As most clubs on the northeast coast of the US started to ramp back and close down for the long winter months, Indian Harbor YC dialed up one more beautiful weekend of weather for the International 420 Atlantic Coast Championship (and also hosted the 29er ACC as well.) This club, nestled on the point of a rocky cove in Greenwich, as an absolutely beautiful place with incredible facilities. Their sailing and waterfront staff could not have been more helpful and supportive of the event, and offered safe, kind, and simple hospitality to sailors, coaches and parents alike. They ran a great event.
This is a great class and a fun, competitive boat. Next up is the i420 Mid-Atlantic Championship at Gunpowder River, Maryland. Charter boats are available… get involved in this class!!!
Saturday was spooky. With New York City on the far W/SW horizon, the E/SE/W/NW wind (yes all over the compass card) tested the patience and mettle of the mark boats and race committee, who did their best to chase a fickle wind and actually did really well just to get 3 races in the books. This was not a day to worry about i420 tuning and boat speed, but to sail outside of your boat and study what was a totally unpredictable race course, both up and downwind. Current shifts also kept sailors on their toes.
Sunday dawned with a forecast for a light NE wind, and sailors were greeted on with a fresh E/NE 12-14 knot breeze… what a nice surpise! Although the wind strength laid down a bit, it was a solid and much more even wind all day, and the very capable RC fired off 5 races to make 8 total for the event.
Team Larkhamp/Mcnamara took firm control of this event at the end, posting wins in the final three races to finish out a very consistent series and the win. Thomas Sitzmann/Luke Woodworth, sailing their throw-out race in the first race of the regatta, worked very hard to climb up to 2nd overall, followed by Robert Ulmer and Kurt Stuebe rounding out the podium finishes. For full results, go HERE.
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