2021 SEASON UPDATES
The 2021 Nationals at Urbanna was a rip roaring success, proving that the optimal combination for a great National Championship can be two great shoreside parties, fantastic race committee work, and a strong turnout of 16 teams ranging from 14 to 85 years old/young.
The weekend forecast was daunting, with all the forecasts showing little to no wind on the middle bay. But Kathy and Mark Wheeler brought the A-Team from HYC including: Rich and Julie Wilcox, Debbie and Tom Ryan, who collectively managed to squeeze off a complete Nationals series of 6 races in zephyr-like conditions on the Rappahannock.
Not to be outdone on the shore side, Patricia Montague fired up Club-Montague for two great parties Friday and Saturday night that earned her the T. Lane Stoke Trophy for outstanding contribution to the class, with attendees saying it was the most fun regatta party since Key West 1991. The evening featured unlimited hot and cold running Dark-n-Stormies, and a special salute to Charlie McCoy featuring a drinking game called “Calamity Jane Trivia” that will not soon be forgotten, through several intervening thunder storms.
On the water, the RC was able to get off all the races on schedule, starting with 2 on Friday in 3-4 knots in the first race, and closer to 5 kts in the second. The first race featured Jackson Montague and Alex Jacob winning their first Nationals race, and representing the City of Alexandria, Fishing Bay YC, and the sailing capital of the Potomac in strong fashion.
Race #2 featured another pair of young Fishing Bay sailors smoking around the course, with Reed McCallister and Henry Ciszewski pulling a down a second place in the fleet of 16 boats in their first Hampton Nationals together. Reed won the 2020 HOD Nationals crewing for Latane Montague and did not miss a beat stepping into the back of the boat.
Saturday was a new day, but the same weather. Race # 3 once again featured a young gun from Fishing Bay winning with Finn Cisznewski and Dave Chapman winning a close one in front of Latane Montague and Gordon Wolcott. In race 4, order to the universe was restored with Gordon and Lizzie Wolcott winning with Gordie and Ian Stokes (in from San Diego for the regatta) pulling down 2nd, with Jackson Montague and Alex Jacob in 3rd. Race 4 was started, but abandoned on the last beat as thunder storms passed to the south, and all wind on the course evaporated, with everyone getting towed in and feeling lucky to avoid the storms.
Sunday produced the best breeze with 5-10 from the North to East. Race 5 was won by Jackson Montague and Alex Jacob followed by Gordon Wolcott and Gordie Stokes. Race 6 was a full Nationals course with trapezing breeze with gusts near 10 kts won by Gordie and Ian Stokes.
I would write more, but I am too worn out from all the festivities, you just had to be there.
Full results are here: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=14726