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Pursuers of Maycroft Cup Undaunted by Rain

Posted on 03 October 2008

With winds blowing from the East at around eight knots, twenty sailboats competing in five divisions were at the starting line this past Saturday, September 27, racing in Sag Harbor Yacht Club’s 12th annual Maycroft Cup Regatta.

Originally raced from 1886 through 1914 and revived in 1997, this year’s event was one of the most difficult races in years. With oscillating winds varying from 0 – 12 knots and with a dramatic, though thankfully short-lived, downpour during the race, the boats raced from Shelter Island Sound, out past Cedar Point and into Gardiners Bay. Divisions I, II & V sailed to Crow Shoals and Divisions III & IV to Three Mile Harbor, with all divisions then returning past Cedar Point Light and finishing at the Red nun N8 at the entrance to the South channel in Shelter Island Sound.

Top finishers in each class were:

Division I (Spinnaker) – First – “Purple Haze” – Lee Oldak & Dan Kalish; Second – “Ice Nine” – SHYC member Tom Stewart; Third – “Team Tonic” – Jim & Ellen Sanders

Division II (Spinnaker) – First – “Lunatic Fringe” – Rob & Bill Lehnert; Second – “ Osprey” – SHYC member George Martin; Third – “White Lightning” – SHYC member Jim Smyth

Division III (Non-Spinnaker) – First – “Plurabelle” – Antoine and Andrea Bourel; Second – “Wave Train” – SHYC member Richard Bockman

Division IV (Non-Spinnaker) – First – “Bellatrix” – SHYC members Joe Gaites & Joe Frizell;    Second – “Papillon” – Dewayne Lewis

Division V (One Design J105) – First – “Buckaroo” – SHYC member Bruce Tait; Second – “Mambo” – Sedgwick Ward; Third – “Roxanne” – SHYC member Wayne Morse

Overall perpetual trophy winners were:

Maycroft Cup (Best finish in the Spinnaker divisions): “Lunatic Fringe” – Rob & Bill Lehnert

Havens Cup (Best finish in the Non-Spinnaker divisions): “Plurabelle” – Antoine & Andrea Bourel

Ron Lowe Cup (Best finish in the One Design division): “Buckaroo” – Bruce Tait


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