Bandit pipped at the post

As Phil Lotz's Arethusa claims the New York YC's Swan 42 Nationals

Sunday July 19th 2009, Author: Michael Leviitt, Location: United Kingdom
Phil Lotz's Arethusa has won the NYYC Swan 42 Nationals on the final day in the final two races. He passed Andy Fisher's Bandit that dominated this regatta since the first race. Arethusa scored 50 points to Bandit's 57. In third place was Alex Jackson's Amelia, while Malcolm Gefter's Celeritas was fourth, and Interlodge, owned by Austin and Gwen Fragomen, was fifth. 20 yachts sailed in the NYYC Swan 42 Nationals, held over July 16-19, out of the club's Harbour Court clubhouse.

For Lotz consistency carried the day. He notched a second in the final race, saving his best for last, and four fourths. His worst placing was seventh.

“We had two goals: have fun and try to get in front of Bandit and push them back a little,” said Lotz. “We thought it was possible. Given the volatility of the boats it’s possible for people to drop back. We’ve been sailing very consistently, and we thought with three races that would work in our favor.”

On the strength of his performance here and in the NYYC's 155th Annual Regatta, presented by Rolex, Lotz will also represent the club in the NYYC Invitational Cup. The IC, to be sailed this September 15-19, is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Sperry Top-Sider and Nautor’s Swan. It will feature world-class, Corinthian sailing among 19 yacht-club teams from 14 nations aboard these one-design NYYC Swan 42s, generously made available for charter by the class.

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