Ben Richardson, Chris Hufstader and Megan Watson are the 2012 Rhodes 19 National Champions. Ben and his crew opened up the regatta with two first place finishes and never looked back, leading throughout the regatta and winning by four points. Charlie Pendleton and Dru Slattery were the other top EYC finishers, taking fourth and fifth, respectively.
Eastern sailors took podium finishes in several classes at the PHRF New Englands last weekend. On Line 1, Jack Slattery called tactics aboard Shout and won the class, while Rob Gorman was second with his crew on Vida Zee, with Alden Reid trimming main and taking third aboard Ken Colburn's Swan 42 Apparition. In Class 2, Hugh Chandler and the crew of Sherherazade were first, winning a tie-breaker over second place Gordon Hall on Katabatic. Over on Line 2, Dave Curtis completed an undefeated summer in fleet racing by claiming the top spot in Class 5 with an all-EYC crew aboard Rival. 19 J/105s raced one-design, with Peter & Doug Morgan and the crew of Steel Away taking the overall win.
Team EYC took 5th overall at the Grandmasters Team Race at New York Yacht Club last weekend. After sailing to a .500 win/loss record on Saturday, the team struggled on Sunday and was unable to move up the leaderboard. This year's team was made up of skippers Seamus Hourihan, Bill Kaull and Chris Noble. Also on the team were two former EYC Commodores, Martha Altreuter and John Fisher, plus Alan McKinnon, Debbie Noble, Sam Foster, Sam Altreuter (team captain) and Jeremy Bloxham. All skippers were 55 or older, with crews over 45. This was the third running of the Grandmasters Regatta, which was created to build on the success of the Hinman Masters Regatta. This marks the first year that EYC has fielded teams at both the Hinman Masters and the Grandmasters. With mid-fleet finishes at both, Team EYC, now a regular on the keel boat and dinghy team race circuit, will return to the events in 2013 to fight for the top spots at these prestigious events.