Quantum Sails Dominate, Leading Many Teams to the Top at 161st NYYC Annual Regatta

Dennis Williams’ Victory 83 during the NYYC Annual Regatta. Photo by Jim Gretzky.

After three days of racing in light to medium breezes, Quantum® sails put on an impressive show at the 161st Annual New York Yacht Club Regatta presented by Rolex. Quantum rep Randall Shore was there and reported some amazing results in multiple divisions, including Swan 42, J/111, and C&C 30.

Including the around-the-island (ATI) race, buoy racing, stadium racing, and navigation racing, the NYYC regatta provided plenty of competition and challenges. The weekend included light southerly winds on Friday and light 3-13 knot breezes Saturday, with more consistent 10-14 knot winds on Sunday.

In IRC Division 1, Interlodge – —the new Botin HPR 44 that was christened last week – —won both the weekend and the ATI, as well as a new Rolex. Quantum’s Dave Armitage, Rob MacMillian, and Paul Tingle were all involved with the program, who finished 1-1-2-1 for the event.

In IRC Division 3, Paul Milo and his full Quantum inventory on Orion finished just half a point out of first, while long-time Quantum customer Bill Sweetser on Rush won Division 4, winning two of his four races.

The one design results were even more impressive, with first-place finishes in the Swan 42, J/111, and C&C 30 divisions.

In the Swan 42s, Paul Zabetakis on Impetuous finished in fourth and third Saturday, but his two first-place finishes on Sunday set him up for a tie-breaker and overall win. One coach said Zabetakis’s last day was “the best sail and rig set-up in the fleet, by far.”

The 19-boat J/111 fleet used the NYYC regatta to prepare for worlds in Newport, and Quantum sails performed well, leading boats to first, second, and fourth place finishes. George Gamble’s My Sharona and Robert Hesse’s Lake Effect – —with Quantum reps Scott Nixon and Marty Kullman respectively – —tied with 14 points apiece. My Sharona broke the tie by winning the last race. Rob Ruhlman’s Spaceman Spiff, with Quantum’s Nick Turney, was the fourth place boat. During Friday’s ATI race, Will Smith’s Wooton, with Quantum’s Allan Terhune, finished second.

In the C&C 30 class, Quantum sails won every race. Dan Cheresh’s Extreme 2, sailing with Quantum’s Wally Cross, won the event, finishing 3-1-1-2 overall. Walt Thirion’s Themis, sailing with Quantum’s Dave Flynn, took second with 1-6-3-1 finishes. Quantum sails had good speed in the lighter conditions, but when the breeze hit 13 knots they quickly showed their real speed advantage. Themis also won Friday’s ATI race.

Dennis William’s Vicotry 83 won the 12 Meter modern division, scored together with the ATI race. Sailing with a full Quantum inventory, as well as Quantum’s Randall Shore, Williams was not only the first in the fleet, he was also the first monohull to cross the finish line.

Other notable finishes include:

2,4 in the S-Class
3,4 in the Big Boat Classic division
Second place finishes in IRC 4 and PHRH 2 at the ATI race

Congratulations to everyone on an amazing weekend.

161st NYYC Annual Regatta
Swan 42
1 – Paul Zabetakis, Impetuous

1 – George Gamble, My Sharona
2 – Robert Hesse, Lake Effect
4 – Rob Ruhlman, Spaceman Spiff

C&C 30
1 – Dan Cheresh, Extreme 2
2 – Walt Thirion, Themis

12 Meter Modern Division
1 – Dennis Williams, Victory 83

2 – Sheldon Whitehouse, Osprey
4 – Geoffrey Davis, Aquila

1 – Austin and Gwen Fragomen, Interlodge

2 – Paul Milo, Orion

1 – Bill Sweetser, Rush

Big Boat Classic (CRF Division)
3 – Jed Pearsall, Amorita
4 – Jon Taft and Tom Glassie, Fortune

Full results from the 161st NYYC Annual Regatta

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