On August 16th, the Breakwater Yacht Club hosted the 26th Annual Sag Harbor Cup.Â The race was inaugurated in 1982 and has been hosted by the BYC since 1988.Â 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.Â The benefit raised funds for BYC’s Jr. Sailing Program scholarships for local area youth and for the Pierson HS Sailing Team.
This year’s regatta was a pursuit race whereby yachts start based on their handicap with the faster classes starting later so that all boats reach the finish line at approximately the same time.Â The first yacht left the starting line at 10:05 AM against an ebbing current and with a light breeze of 5 – 8 knots.Â The last yacht crossed the starting line at 10:59 AM.Â The course was a circumnavigation of Shelter Island.
Overall regatta winners for first, second and third place were:Â Gossip first place; Skoot second place, 57 seconds behind and Purple Haze in third place, one minute 23 seconds later.
Trophies were also given for first, second and third place finishers in each of the three Divisions.Â In Division I, Spinnaker, Purple Haze finished in first place.Â Ice Nine finished second (5 minutes and 1 second behind) followed by Team Tonic, 38 seconds later.
In Division II, Non-Spinnaker, White Lightning finished in first place followed by Wave Equation (3 minutes and 25 seconds behind).Â Wavetrain took third place, 6 minutes and 16 seconds later.
In the J109 One Design Class, Gossip took first place.Â Skoot followed 57 seconds later and Instant Karma took third place 31 minutes and 22 second behind.