August 23, 2022

Ted Hood Regatta Recap 2022

Photos: Phillip Smith

Marblehead, MA - Storm Trysail Club's 7th Annual Ted Hood Regatta was completed in Marblehead, Massachusetts this past weekend, August 20th and 21st under sunny skies and building sea breezes for 33 racing boats.

On Saturday, after a brief postponement, light racing conditions kicked off the first race in the early afternoon followed by two more races in a 12-15 knot seabreeze. Sunday racing started on time with 7-10 knts and built to 12-16knts.  The Race Committee managed to get off two races for the fleet. 

In the PHRF fleet, which was divided into 2 divisions, racing was very close with standings getting shaken up but it was Ben & Shelleys Chigier's Summit 40, Escape Velocity who almost had a perfect regatta with 4 wins and one 2nd place. Second overall in PHRF 1 went to the Swan 42, Tio Loco sailed by Henry Bauer with 20 points. Rounding out that podium was Betsy McCombs' Farr 395, Scherherazade.

Ben & Shelleys Chigier's Summit 40, Escape Velocity, dominated PHRF 1

PHRF Class 2 was lead by Sea Bliss Rob Gorman’s Farr 28 with a total of 7 points, but Sirocco sailed by Ward Blodgett and Liz Smith had a great second day with 1st and a 2nd moving up to second overall with 14 points. David Powers' Beneteau First 36.7 Agora completed the podium.

Sea Bliss Rob Gorman’s Farr 28 won PHRF 2

On the one design of the race course, there were 9 J/70s and 4 J/105s. The J/70s got an extra race in each day and had very tight racing. The fleet was lead by Locomotion on Saturday by high school junior, Pearse Dowd with 9 points.  The J/70 class included top sailors including Bill Lynn, and Jud Smith. By the end of Sunday, only 2 points separated the top 4 boats. The ultimate winner, David Franzel's Spring crew, was just one point ahead of tied 2nd and 3rd boats Richard Witzel on Rowdy and Dowd.

Junior Sailor Pearse Dowd in the J/70 Locomotion finsihed 3rd after winning Day 1

Two teams had a perfect regatta, Ric Dexter's Brouhaha dominated in the J/105s and Peter Engel in the JAM class with a Jeanneau Selection 37, Goldeneye with five bullets.

Ric Dexter's Brouhaha dominated in the J/105s with a perfect regatta

Shore side activities were great with the support of Rumson Rum, Regatta Craft Mixers, and Rockport Brewing Company.  We had music from Nick Consone Saturday and Evan Goodrow Sunday.  The music brought out the old fashion regatta dancing.

The entire Eastern Yacht Club staff did an incredible job supporting the shoreside activities.  Eastern's Race Committee ran the handicap line and Corinthian Yacht Club handled the One Design line.  Both circles received great compliments for a job well done and Storm Trysail Club is thankful to partner with great yacht clubs like them. Boston Yacht Club was also part of the planning for the event.

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David Franzel's Spring and Richard Witzel's Rowdy (1st and 2nd in J/70)