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Dowling Wins Sag Harbor Cup Singlehanded

Posted on 20 August 2009

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On August 15th, the Breakwater Yacht Club hosted the 27th Annual Sag Harbor Cup.  The race was inaugurated in 1982 and has been hosted by the BYC since 1988.  The regatta mission has remained consistent over time – to support youth sailing and to inspire a love for the waters around Sag Harbor among young people.  The benefit raised funds for BYC’s Jr. Sailing Program scholarships for local area youth and for the Pierson HS Sailing Team.

The regatta was a pursuit race whereby yachts start based on their handicap with the faster classes starting later so that all boats should reach the finish line at approximately the same time.  The first yacht left the starting line at 10:05 AM against an ebbing current and with very light winds out of the Southwest.  By race end, the current was flooding and winds were out of the Southwest at 11 knots. The last yacht crossed the starting line at 10:42 AM.  The course was a circumnavigation of Shelter Island, counter clockwise.

Overall regatta winners for first, second and third place were:  Witchli with corrected time of 4 hours twenty five minutes and 6 seconds. Witchli was sailed single handed by Chris Dowling.  In second place, 47 seconds later, was Purple Haze (Captains Oldak and Kalish).  Gossip (Captains Kenny and Ames) took third place, three minutes and five seconds behind.

During the course of the race, Ice-Nine and WaveTrain did not correctly round the N8 mark.  Roxanne protested and WaveTrain returned to correct their error.  Loki ran aground and was helped off by a jet ski. Waypoint grounded at Conklin Point.  Buckaroo withdrew before completing the race.

Other trophies were awarded for Crew Uniforms to Wave Equation, Best Theme to Ridin’Port for their bikini attire, Bowditch Award (for navigation lessons) to Waypoint and Loki who both ran aground, Rocket Award for best time to WitchLi and the Hero’s Trophy to HCII for last to finish (five hours, 33 minutes and 29 seconds).

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