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Board of Governors Regatta

Board of Governors Regatta
August 29
15:15 2016

Lake Quassapaug, CT. August 27-28, 2016

Report by Joel Zackin

Twenty Eight Snipes and their sailors attended the Board of Governors Regatta. Please note, many liberties have been taken, and out right lies included with the reporting of this event. Many of the comments are “inside” jokes, known only to Quassy participants. The only way to know what actually happened is to attend a Quassapaug Regatta.

The Regatta became a family smack down with over half the fleet made up of multiple boats from the Braverman, Fraser, Rousmaniere, Hetherington-Young, and Zackin Families. Seven Snipe and Quassapaug first timers attended the event. By the end of the weekend a consortium of 20-something year olds where talking about how to acquire their own snipe! The fleet was evenly split between those that can easily qualify for a snipe masters event and those well under 30. In fact, the top 5 finishers were evenly split along those lines too.

Saturday began with a beautiful breakfast of Quiche hosted by Gerry and Tom McCabe.

We started with a competitor’s meeting on the lawn. Since the club only owns six RC flags, a careful review of what they meant and how we would signal the racers ensued. Only to be interrupted by a Jane Panza–esque shout (scream? yelp?) from the water. Seems that Jennifer Rousmaniere, listening carefully from the water, was attacked by a reef shark. One needs to be cautious as to how one attends the competitors meeting.

Reluctantly, Lee Griffith played the part of Lee Griffith. Guess he dislikes type casting. Hopefully he finds a new role next year.

The competitors meeting broke up to a stiff 22 knot Northeast breeze. Just under the Snipe class limit. A spited race was run. Won by Lee Griffith and Nikki Bruno. Peter and Leslie Zackin took second followed by Jack Gannon and Jennifer Rousmaniere (who showed an amazing recovery from the shark bite). With the wind knocking up over 25 knots the fleet went ashore for lunch.

After a lengthy lunch break waiting for the wind to abate, we headed back onto the lake. The second race, with Andy Klein and Debbie Muse leading was abandoned due to the wind clocking up over 28 knots. Everyone was very relieved to be back on shore and preparation for dinner and the party begun.

After and amazing dinner of clams followed by steak, lobster and accruements organized by Peter Wolcott, we moved on to the dancing. Everyone was eager to see if Liz Ghuinski could repeat her dancing title. Certainly was amazing how these sailors could rock (lobster) the dance floor after such a strenuous day on the water. The DJ looked like he was ready to run for his car when the rendition of “Its Raining Men” was performed by some of the male snipe sailors. The dance floor rocked until midnight when the hardy set up a game of beer pong. No one was able (sober enough?) to find a quarter for butt darts. Carol Tomassetti refrained from singing John Valby songs. Tommy Coyle sang something. Kegs were kicked and the party deemed a great success. Reports of late night adult swimming were unconfirmed.

Sunday, Keri Wolcott pleased the fleet with waffles, while the wind howled from the Southwest. A series race was run, won by Cam Fraser and Liz Ghuinski. Followed by a “Trading Places” Race. At Quassy, trading places is optional and up to the comfort level of the sailing team. Given the blustery conditions, a surprising number of teams traded places. Many new snipe skippers where given their first chance at skippering in a major competition. In other boats a very experienced skipper was relived of their foredeck duties to drive. See below for results.

Over the weekend 14 women skippered Snipes in races.

Out of time, the regatta came to an end. The coveted “Take a Bow” Trophy was awarded to Peter Wolcott for organizing such great food for the weekend, Nikki Bruno for her dance floor Limbo, and Justin Kusiel for his dancing. No one performed an act clueless enough to justify receiving the “Get a Clew” Award. I know Kevin H-Y is planning something for next year. Peter and Pierce Wolcott won the “Narrow Victory” Trophy for edging out a four way tie for ninth place. Megan Place skippered her way to the coveted 16th place trophy with Andy Pimental as crew. The same dynamic duo in reverse rolls received the Mike Elser “Mid-Fleet award for 14th. Hanna Calahan, Maggie Swanson, and Jamie Bartlett sailed their way to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Quassapaug Rookie Awards.

Photos of the weekend by Vivian Hetherington-Young are at: http://vhetheringtonyoung.smugmug.com/Quassy-BOG-160827/n-sVr6vK

There is a rumor of dance floor videos somewhere on facebook. Sheila Elser?

Fun was had by all!

Joel Zackin, Quassapaug Fleet 231.
Does anyone know the real story?

Place

Name

Boat

R1

R2

total

1

Lee Griffith &Nikki Bruno

30904

1

4

5

2

Jack Gannon & Jennifer Rousmaniere

16333

3

6

9

Top Rousmaniere Team

3

Adam & Art Rousmaniere,

31280

4

5

9

Top So/Father Team

4

Harry Waskow & Kyle Persau & Jamie Barllett

30325

6

9

15

5

Joel Zackin & Josh Lovett-Graff

29111

13

3

16

6

Jim & Carol Tomassetti,

31001

5

12

17

Top married Couple

7

Brendan Cook & Maggie Swanson

27861

8

10

18

#1 Rookies

8

Peter & Pierce Wolcott

30606

21

2

23

Top Father/Son team

9

Sue Lodico & Jan Tabor

28442

15

8

23

Top Siblings/Top Women’s Team

10

Joe Benoit & Hannah Callahan

30908

10

13

23

#2 Rookies

11

Andrew Klein & Deb Meuse

31309

12

11

23

12

Cam Fraser & Liz Ghuinski

30903

23

1

24

13

Ray Schmidt & Elisa Adams

31204

7

17

24

14

Bob Coyle & Justin Kusiel

28542

9

15

24

15

Andrew Pimental & Megan Place

31355

18

7

25

16

Peter, Leslie & Ben Zackin & Katie Mihalek

26026

2

25

27

#2 Married Couple

17

Katie Levinson & Emily Lynn

29842

14

14

28

18

Cindy Olsen & Steve Braverman

30422

11

19

30

#3 Rookie

19

Bob & Jane Panza

29964

17

16

33

#3 Married Couple

20

Audry & Kevin Heatherington-Young

29704

16

21

37

#2 Women Skipper – #1 Daughter/Father Team

21

Mike Elser & Kristen Granja

20

18

38

22

Jurgen & Minna Hollock

24991

19

23

42

#1 Father/Daughter Team

23

Kelly Rousmaniere & Andrew Goldfarb

29499

22

22

44

24

Martin & Suzette Fraser

30999

26

20

46

#4 Married Couple

25

Max Heatherington- Young & Ben Braverman

30600

24

24

48

26

Ian Ray & Braden Green

26663

25

27

52

27

Matt Weingable & KC Green

25861

27

26

53

28

Charlie Baywood & Benden Holleck

26128

28

28

56

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