|Scott Ferguson & Ryan Schmitz|
The 2010 Buzzards Bay Regatta (also the D7 Championship) did not disappoint, despite the light air forecasts and shark warnings.
Day one started off slow with the first race completed in a shifty NW breeze which eventually died leaving the sailors waiting around for most of the day but then... Buzzards Bay conditions finally showed up at around 3pm with a solid SW breeze. The breeze came in halfway through the Standard fleet race # 2 forcing the RC to make a 45-degree course change at the leeward mark. The Radial fleet had an especially long day, as their second race didn't get started until after 4pm.
Day 2 started with a one- hour postponement onshore but then the classic BBR conditions came through as expected- big waves and a strong Southerly breeze of 15 knots with gusts to 18K. Both fleets were able to get 4 races in.
Day 3 started on time with 14 knots peeking at the end of the day at 18 with gusts to 20. Both fleets were able to complete 3 races before the cut-off time of 2pm.
Scott Ferguson of D7 won the Standard fleet (56 boats) with a 2,2,(3),2,1,1,1,1,3 total of 13 points. Erik Bowers of Minnetonka YC and The College of Charleston was nipping at Scott's heels finishing in 2nd and only 4 points behind with 17 points. Peter Shope also of D7 was not far behind in 3rd place with a total of 33 points.
Ryan Schmitz of Port Washington, NY (LISOT) was clearly the dominant one in the 65-boat Radial fleet with a (18), 3, 1, 1,1,1,1,1,1 for a total of 10 points. His performance earned this seventeen-year old from NY The Buzzards Bay Trophy, which is given to the top finisher in the biggest/most competitive fleet.