COVID-19 protocol for Optimist ACCs
Published on October 4th, 2020
The 2020 Optimist Atlantic Coast Championships attracted 114 sailors on October 3-4 in Larchmont, NY.
With safety of all competitors, families, coaches, and regatta personnel the top priority, strict COVID-19 protocols were enacted for the event, including competitors launching from multiple venues around Western Long Island Sound and wellness and temperature checks for all coming through the host Larchmont Yacht Club gate.
PRO Jay Kehoe battled fickle conditions on day one, with wind shifts through 100 degrees and breeze ranging from 0 – 10 keeping the Race Committee on their game, in hopes of delivering quality racing for the sailors. After some fits and starts, including abandonments when the conditions deteriorated to be un-raceable, two races for each of the two flights were completed before racing ended just before 5 pm.
Day two, however, brought perfect conditions to the waters just outside Larchmont Harbor with a consistent 9-13 knot NNE breeze allowing PRO Kehoe to complete four more races for each of the two flights.
Richard Sykes from Riverside Yacht Club/LISOT was a model of consistency, dropping a 6th in the first race to count all bullets on the way to a 5 point total score line, claiming the overall title from Blue Fleet. Drew D’Orsi from LEHYC/CERT had three firsts and 12 points overall to take second and the win in Red, and Logan Mraz from LISOT finished third close behind with 14 points.
Miles Cundey from BHYC/CERT notched two bullets and a second on his way to 5th overall and first in White fleet, while Charlotte Cundey CERT was 7th overall and the top Female finisher.
Larchmont Yacht Club and the USODA thanks all the sailors, families, coaches and volunteers for their diligent compliance with the Regatta COVID protocols – it was exciting for everyone involved to see the sailors enjoying their sport again!
Source: Dorsey Roseberry, Senet Bischoff, Ned Roseberry