Ted Hood Regatta 2017
Published on August 27th, 2017
The Marblehead Station of the Storm Trysail Club hosted the inaugural Ted Hood Regatta on August 25-27.
Racing got underway in challenging light air conditions on day one that built over the course of the weekend to a beautiful 10-15 knot crescendo on the final day.
There was great racing for the 75 boats competing in all classes which included a World Championship qualifier in the J/70 class. The 70’s will hold their World’s in Marblehead in September of 2018, and the Ted Hood Regatta will look to be their final tune-up next August.
The 70’s as always were tightly contested with Brian Keane and his crew on Savasana coming out on top with 19 points, followed by Bruce Golison and the Midlife Crisis Team at 21 points, and Peter Duncan and his group on Relative Obscurity taking third with 23 points.
Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault and their team from San Francisco on Good Trade won the J105 Class going away with 14 points and 4 bullets in 7 Races.
Close racing in all of the PHRF Classes was highlighted by Betsy McCombs dominance in PHRF one with her perennial winning team on the Farr 395 Sherherazade. The Sherherazade Team sailed a nearly flawless regatta reveling in the light air conditions and finishing with a run of 8 first place finishes and a 3rd in the final race. Sherherazade was the winner of the Storm Trysail Club Stephen L. Cruse Memorial Trophy which was presented by Lexi Cruse and her son Stephen.
The Marblehead Station named the Regatta in honor of one of Marblehead’s favorite son’s the legendary Ted Hood. Ted’s son Bobby spoke about his Dad at Sunday’s award ceremony, and handed out the Overall Trophy’s to each class, and presented the Ted Hood Trophy to Mike D’Amelio and his Team on Denali for his support of the Regatta, sportsmanship in sailing in his own class with an eye to developing the IRC Class for next years event.
Old Storm Trysail Club traditions were seen everywhere, with a Dixieland Band motoring around serenading the fleet in the harbor prior to Saturday’s racing, great tent parties, and old friendships renewed. High praise was given to the Boston, Eastern, and Corinthian Yacht Club Race Committees for running terrific races, and to the Regatta Committee for setting a foundation for a premier event for years to come.
Source: James Noyes