Etchells gather in Miami for winter
Published on December 9th, 2018
The four-event Etchells Biscayne Bay Series got underway on December 8-9 with 48 teams on Biscayne Bay in Miami, FL. Steve Benjamin got the jump in the Louis Piana Cup Regatta with a 4-1-1 on day one and held on for the victory with an 11-5 on day two. Benjamin, sailing with Michael Menninger, Ian Liberty, and Jonny Goldsbery, finished with a seven point margin over Jim Cunningham in second with Scott Kaufman a point further back in third.
From the Race Committee:
Race 1 – Clear start 1st attempt. Port side favoured on the course. 62:10 minute race. 13 knts average at 104°.
Race 2- 1st start attempt general recall mid-line bust, went to a U flag, 2nd attempt away with 3 UFDs. Wind average 13 knots at 104º. 64 minute race.
Race 3 – 1st attempt general recall – starboard third burst. 2nd attempt away with 6 UFDs. Wind average 11 knots at 102º. 60 minute race.
Race 4 – Away 1st attempt with small (4º degrees) port bias start line. 58:10 race. Wind 199º 14 knot average. Cheeky left shift at the start (187 º) and then gradual pull back to right.
Race 5 – Away 1st attempt, 2 OCS boats who returned (port end). Race 62:00 minutes. Wind 200º at 14 knots, gusts 17knts average.
A great weekends racing in Biscayne Bay, which was a please to watch and be supported by a great race committee team.
2018-19 Etchells Biscayne Bay Series:
Louis Piana Cup Regatta December 8 & 9, 2018
Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta January 5 & 6, 2019
Florida State Championship February 9 & 10, 2019
Mid-Winter’s East Regatta March 1 – 3, 2019
To qualify for the overall 2018-19 Etchells Biscayne Bay Series prizes, boats must include their score in the Mid-Winter’s Regatta and any two of the other three individual regattas (Piana Cup, Sidney Doren Memorial, or Florida State Championship). Overall scores from each individual regatta of the series will be used employing The Low Point System (1st Place = 1 point, 2nd Place = 2 points, 3rd Place = 3 points, etc.). The boat with the lowest score will be declared the overall winner of the 2018 Biscayne Bay Regatta Series.