Brant Beach YC on Long Beach Island, NJ hosted the 2008 USODA ACC's over Columbus Day weekend. 45 sailors on team LISOT were apart of the 260 that were greeted with fantastic weather, very strong competition (stronger, some said, then at Nationals), utterly fantastic race management, and a simply wonderful host club.
Ian Stokes from Norfolk YC won the regatta in a tie breaker with Tito Aponte Taboas from Palmas, Puerto Rico. Both had a mere 15 points, and 4 bullets apiece. Norwalk's Max Simmons, who was leading after Day 1, dropped back to 3rd with 19 points (and also 4 bullets)!
Lily Katz (center) was the top finisher from LISOT at 13th (and 2nd girl overall).
The regatta used the same flight set up as nationals which enabled the race committee to run 6 races on Saturday under sunny skies, air temps in the low 70s and terrific wind in the 12-18 knot range.
PRO Bub Covacs was heard to say "we chose to run the regatta on this date over a year in advance because we knew the near full-moon tide would push a strong current down the course, eliminating the need for general recalls." But Bub, 'how did you know which way the wind was going to blow?' OK, maybe the quote was taken out of context or was heard after a few of the kegs were tapped for the parents. Nevertheless, there were no general recalls!
Sunday saw considerably lighter conditions of 4-8 and a shorter course. The RC ran 4 races and had the kids back to the beach by 3:30pm in time for a BBQ, raffle and awards ceremony.
Final results include the top 10 from LISOT:
Lily Katz (13th)
Gary Prieto (26)
Ty Ingram (31)
Connor Marion (34)
Jack Cusick (38)
Matthew Mollerus (47)
Katie Kelley (70)
Megan and Connor each had a bullet, and Lily, Roger, Ty and Reinier each had at least one 2nd place finish.
The team was coached by the usual terrific team of head coach Trevor Moore and his team of Jeff, Karl and Pete who covered the broad scope of skills and ages on the team with their laser-like focus on the kids.
BBYC ran a wonderful regatta - not only serving up great wind and weather, but a club facility that made everything smooth and easy - from parking, to opti and coach boat launching, to nearby hotels and restaurants. There was morning breakfast for kids and parents alike, as well as a great post regatta BBQ that topped off a perfect event.
By 6pm everyone was on the road home - which could also be a record for speed of protest hearings, getting scores posted (they were often up on the web even before being posted at the club!), and handing out the trophies. BBYC was in the groove the whole weekend, never missing a shift!
Congrats to Event Co-Chairs John Barbano and Scot Ellis, PRO Bub Covacs and the huge BBYC volunteer team who made it all look seamlessly easy.
And thanks to BBYC for inviting LISOT down the prior weekend to join the Sunday Opti sailing.