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Open Orange Bowl Regatta 2015

Published on December 30th, 2015

Coconut Grove, Florida (December 30, 2015) – The 53rd annual Open Orange Bowl Regatta, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, and co-sponsored by the Orange Bowl Committee, was held December 27-30, 2015 in Biscayne Bay, Florida. The regatta was open to the Laser, Laser Masters, and Laser Radials, the International 420’s (who were also racing for their U.S. National Championship), and the 29er class.

In the 29er class, 15 boats competed, completing 12 races. Ryan Ratliffe and Samuel Merson from Mission Bay Yacht Club, San Diego, CA, dominated the class. Their throw-out race was a third, the boys finished with 15 points, ten points ahead of fellow Mission Bay Yacht Club members, Max Brill and Ian Brill. Finishing in third with 32 points, were David Eastwood and Wells Drayton, also from Southern California.

Thirty six I420’s raced for the US National Championship, 10 races were completed. Wiley Rogers and Jack Parkin, from Riverside Yacht Club in Connecticut, won every race of the regatta. They retired the last race, their throw-out, and finished with a very impressive 9 points. Behind in second place were Jack Johansson and Ian Robinson (CRYC/Bayview Yacht Club) with 55 points. In third, winning the tiebreaker, was Henry Burnes and Peter Barron (Wianno Yacht Club/ Three Mile Harbor Sailing Club). They tied at 58 points with Kathryn Hall and Ashton Borcherding, who were the top females. Matt Logue and Cam Giblin finished 7th overall and were the top juniors.

Three Laser Radials competed in 10 races, Daniela Rivera (EVAV) won every race. Christina Persson was second with 18 points, Monica Wilson finished third with 26 points.

In the Laser Class, 8 boats raced in 10 races. Jose Gutierrez won every race, finishing with 9 points in first place. In second, Ross Murdoch from Kingston YC, finished with 29 points. Close behind, in third with 33 points, was Eric Lawrence.

The Laser Masters had 8 skippers racing in 10 races. Ernesto Rodriguez got the bullet in every race, finishing first overall with 9 points. At 19 points, Mike Matan finished in second, followed by Will Glenn in third with 29 points.

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