Sail Newport hosted a great event this weekend with 31 Lasers in the Standard fleet and 14 in the Radial fleet. The racing on Saturday was light and shifty with current a big factor. The RC did a great job getting in 5 races on Saturday with hopes of more on Sunday but, unfortunately, the light morning northerly slowly faded all day with a light sea breeze finally filling after the time limit so for many of us, hopes for a throwout race were gone.
Scott Ferguson (Jamestown, RI) won four out of the five races with his worst race being a 6th place. Finishing in 2nd was Peter Follansbee (New Castle, New Hampshire) and in 3rd, youth sailor Bill Kelly (Darien, CT).
The Radial fleet was very diverse in age group ranging from Great Grandmaster down to youth but age didn't seem to be an issue. The overall winner was, youth sailor, Norbert Mongeon (Smithfield, RI) and only 5 points behind him in 2nd was, Great Grandmaster, Peter Seidenberg (Middletown, RI) finishing in 3rd was Sara Helbling (Nashua, NH).
The event, despite lack of wind on Sunday, was great fun with a party on Saturday, t-shirts and a great give away in each participants bag-a Tempur-pedic neck roll pillow. For me, that alone was worth the entry fee!