Won on a countback

Andrew Besheer reports on the IC Dinghy National Championship held at Larchmont Yacht Club, NY USA

Monday April 7th 2003, Author: Andrew Besheer, Location: United States
The calendar said April 5 and 6, but the weather said February as a fleet of 63 boats gathered at the Larchmont Yacht Club on Long Island Sound to contest the 2003 IC Dinghy National Championship. Saturday brought the second day of a hard wet easterly that had already caused the cancellation of Friday's practice sailing. While it never poured, the sky was as grey as the combers marching down the Sound and the fleet was lucky to be able to sail in the relative shelter provided by the Larchmont breakwater.
Past champions in the Olin Stephen's designed frostbite dinghy Neal Fowler of Hyannis sailing with Mike Collins and Jim Bowers and longtime crew Myrna MacRae of Winthrop (MA) each won their respective flights in the first race and it looked as if the very strong Massachusetts contingent would be vying for the title. Bowers went on to win his flight in the second race as the breeze began to lose just a little of its punch and settle into a fairly predictable pattern.

However after a slow start, a trio of boats from the home fleet found their groove and began to take control of the regatta. Former Sunfish World Champion Paul-Jon Patin sailing with his wife Anne came back from an opening race 10 (his throwout) to put bullets on the board in his second and third races. Olympic Silver Medallist Steve Benjamin and Rob Kane opened with a second, were OCS in the second race but came back with a 2,4,5 before doing a horizon job on the competition in winning their flight of Race 6. While both of these crews were putting up strong results, last year's UBS Challenge winner Ben Cesare and wife Kim caught fire in the middle of the day and ran off 3 wins in a row in dominating fashion.

As the afternoon wore on the cold and raw conditions began to take a toll on the racers. A strong outbound tide and the very competitive fleet led to a series of general recalls prior to the 7th race, which prolonged the frozen crews' agony. However after about 45 minutes of recalls and line resets the final race of the day got off with the respective flights won by veteran Steve Kirkpatrick of Scituate and newcomer Mike Funsch of Larchmont.

The large contingent of sailors enjoyed an outstanding dinner party at the Larchmont Yacht Club and every team present went home the a winner of a prize in the raffle that was supported by event sponsors UK Sailmakers, Dirty Dog Eyewear, Harken, New England Ropes, Thule, North Sails, Douglas Gill, Cape Cod Shipbuilding and Karl's Boat Shop of Harwich MA (the IC's new builder).

Sunday's weather - while sunnier and possibly less raw - brought a new front and 35 kts of rapidly oscillating northerly breeze. The 9:30 start was clearly not going to happen, much to the relief of some of the crews who had partied late into the daylight savings shortened prior night! However the morning dragged on with little more than teases that there would be enough of a drop in the breeze to sail. Early in the afternoon, some of the travellers began packing up, however George Parthemos' LYC Race Committee patiently waited out the weather.

Finally, at 1:30 the RC signalled that they would give the fleet a go. A rush to get boats re-rigged ensued and the first race was finally started around 2:30. Jim Bowers again proved that he was fast off the dock, winning his first race for the second day running. A 6th in the second race was good enough to bring home 4th overall. Paul-Jon Patin sailed a consistent 3,5 in the heavy air to take 3rd. Ben Cesare opened with a 4th to Steve Bejamin's 5th to put some daylight between them, however, Cesare had a throwout in the final race while Benji came home with a 2nd.

After 9 races the two were tied at 29 points, however with their 3 wins on Saturday, Ben and Kim Cesare were crowned the 2003 IC Dinghy National Champions.

Overall, one discard:

Helm Crew
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
R9
Pts
Total
1 Cesare, Ben Cesare, Kim
8
3
8
1
1
1
3
4
16
45
29
2 Benjamin, Steve Kane, Rob
2
31
2
4
5
1
8
5
2
60
29
3 Patin, Paul-Jon Patin, Anne
10
1
1
7
8
6
2
3
5
43
33
4 Bowers, Jim Chan MacRae, Myrna
1
1
5
15
3
18
10
1
5
59
41
5 Kirkpatrick, Steve Randall, Emily
4
6
15
9
12
3
1
6
4
60
45
6 Adams, Ed Adams, Lucas
3
7
8
30
2
2
5
8
10
75
45
7 Funsch, Michael McAndrews, Terence
2
9
6
30
4
9
1
18
1
80
50
8 MacRae, John Epstien, Linda
15
2
3
8
10
4
5
3
22
72
50
9 Demarest, Chad Manley, Alix
7
2
11
1
16
5
11
10
7
70
54
10 Monro, Bob Monro, Francesca
3
8
5
16
7
11
2
4
14
70
54
11 Gilreath, Hal Graham, Aimee
8
6
9
3
7
9
15
11
3
71
56
12 Fava, Joseph Mazeras, Elise
6
11
13
6
3
15
3
18
1
76
58
13 Roseberry, Ned Ryan, Felicity
4
17
11
5
1
8
18
9
4
77
59
14 Pignolet, Wayne Evans,Barb
11
8
1
7
22
5
9
13
7
83
61
15 Kaplan, Andy Snaith, Storm
9
10
4
10
17
2
16
5
14
87
70
16 Proctor, Ched Proctor, Charlie
6
18
10
2
6
17
6
17
9
91
73
17 Corning, Chad Nielsen, Hanne
9
19
13
4
17
3
16
11
2
94
75
18 Constants, Al Stevralia, Jim
22
4
9
21
3
7
10
12
12
100
78
19 Baxter, John Curtiss, Molly
18
5
7
19
4
20
6
9
12
100
80
20 Berkley, Joe Lotz, Wendy
7
14
12
11
25
14
14
1
11
109
84
21 Doyle, Sean Bonney, Susan
10
18
10
6
16
10
11
13
8
102
84
22 Strauss, Simon Cosentino, Rosanne
15
15
15
2
24
30
9
2
3
115
85
23 Adam, Paul
21
5
7
11
8
10
19
16
10
107
86
24 Bainton, John Lowder, Julie
27
8
4
3
27
19
7
14
6
115
88
25 Fowler, Neal Collins, Mike
1
19
3
5
5
12
21
26
23
115
89
26 Lorson, Pedro Berry, Mimi
11
21
19
8
19
14
7
2
15
116
95
27 Falsone, Jesse Temple-Raston, Dina
14
14
16
14
19
20
4
7
8
116
96
28 Lynn, Douglas O'Connor, Jean
5
20
2
20
27
16
4
23
13
130
103
29 Pline, Alex Gilreath, Nancy
17
12
18
14
15
7
13
8
19
123
104
30 Braverman, Stephen Olsen, Cindy
14
7
21
13
6
12
15
17
21
126
105
31 Winslow, Jon Toneson, Beth
20
11
19
12
13
15
21
10
6
127
106
32 Wilson, David MamyKina, Lona
16
27
17
12
20
8
12
15
13
140
113
33 Nelson, David Baldock, Stephanie
13
15
27
9
9
22
13
15
20
143
116
34 Owen, David Owen, Edie
18
20
16
15
2
13
18
19
18
139
119
35 Fox, Jasper Waldman, Hawley
27
24
12
17
10
16
17
7
16
146
119
36 Ferrarone, Ted Ferrarone, Erin
12
30
14
10
18
18
8
24
17
151
121
37 Reinke, Eric Couranz, Kim
16
3
18
20
23
27
14
12
15
148
121
38 Eastman, Peter Eastman, Tracey
5
10
14
13
31
22
12
24
23
154
123
39 Stevens, Greg Stevens, Tere
21
12
17
26
13
13
17
16
21
156
139
40 Ronan, Dan Wenzler, Scott
17
16
6
16
30
31
31
6
10
163
132
41 Welles, Will Hall, Meredith
12
9
20
17
14
11
27
26
23
159
132
42 Smalley, Dave Ziatyk, Quinn
20
23
20
19
9
30
28
20
11
180
150
43 McGuire, Skip de Germay, Berenice
24
25
22
18
18
4
27
22
19
179
152
44 Goethert, Erik Marsh, Julia
26
25
24
18
12
6
19
26
23
179
153
45 Crocker, Andrew Shea, Julie
13
17
25
25
28
25
22
14
17
186
158
46 Heintz, Bill Law, Anthony
19
13
21
24
24
26
29
25
18
199
170
47 Toombs, Ted Kordts, Tiffany
23
23
23
22
21
23
22
19
23
199
176
48 Coyle, Robert Borden, Natalie
23
24
22
30
14
25
20
24
27
209
179
49 Breeden, Todd Nye, Carolyn
22
29
31
30
11
17
20
26
27
213
182
50 Brendel, Joe O'Brien, Cathy
25
26
23
24
22
19
25
24
25
213
187
51 Elwell, Scott Edenbach, John
25
22
26
22
20
23
31
26
23
218
187
52 Lucia, David Brinkley, Katie
24
21
30
31
11
26
25
24
27
219
188
53 Noble, Chris Noble, Debbie , Ashley
26
13
28
26
23
27
24
22
27
216
188
54 Weene, Ross Gingras, Kate
29
16
25
23
21
29
24
24
27
218
189
55 Siener, Jonathan Lopez, Sarah
30
27
26
21
26
21
26
21
24
222
192
56 Rothwell, Bill Drowne, Emily
19
22
24
27
28
28
23
24
27
222
194
57 Gaxotte, Justine Allouch, David
29
29
27
25
30
21
23
21
22
227
197
58 Kelly, Ned Lau-Hanson, Kevin
28
30
28
23
25
24
28
24
23
233
203
59 Holden, Hale Killeen, John
28
26
29
28
29
28
26
20
20
234
205
60 Ferrarone, J.B. Leonforte, Ellen
30
28
29
29
26
24
30
23
26
245
215
61 Walker, Jan Mathews, Carol
30
30
30
27
29
29
29
24
23
251
221
62 Meade, Brad
31
31
30
31
30
31
30
26
23
263
232
63 Wilson, Paul Oberfest, Jason
30
30
31
30
31
30
31
26
27
266
235

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