Alonso Collantes, Peru, leads on Day One of the Sunfish North Americans at Sayville Yacht Club, Blue Point, NY
Take 72 registered Sunfish competing at one of the most beautiful yacht clubs, Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point, NY, and you already have the start of a magical Sunfish North Americans. Add in winds starting at 15 but gusting to 20+ and more and more and more as the afternoon wore on, you have "magical" for some and "get me to shore and quick" for others.
Sailing in heavy air with waves and chops from all directions simulating a washing machine action proved to be a challenge for everyone out there. But some sailors met the challenge head on and kept finishing near the top of the fleet.
In first place on Day One is Alonso Collantes of Peru with a 2-1-1 (4 pts) for the three races. In second place is Paul-Jon Patin, Sayville Yacht Club, with a 1-2-5 (8 pts). With 10 pts and 4-4-2 finishes is Rich Chapman, USSCA President/ Lake Bluff Yacht Club. Doug Kaukeinen, Rochester Canoe Club, is 4th with 10 pts and 3-7-4 finishes (14 pts). Martin Willard, Carolina Yacht Club, is 5th with 23 pts and 6-5-12 finishes.