Amanda Callahan took charge of the 53rd-Annual Wequaquet Lake Yacht Club (WLYC) early and never looked back. After finishing day 1 on Saturday July 16 with four bullets in five races, she held on on Sunday to become the first woman to ever win the regatta, which is also a New England Regional Championship.
It was the second Regional championship win for Callahan, who won at Barrington in 2014.
After an early race was abandoned due to the Northerly dying out, the sea breeze came in from south providing great conditions of 8-15 MPH for the 32-boat fleet. There was also a large fleet of junior sailing a separate event, bringing the total to almost 50 boats! Some of the female youths asked to pose for pictures following sailing on Sunday. She really left an impression on the kids!
Callahan won the first five races on Satruday, playing the shifts well and controlling the fleet. Eric Woodman broke her streak with a win on the last race of the day, when the breeze was at its strongest. Callahan was 6th in that race – a score she threw out.
Sunday saw a more fluky Southwesterly, which David played well, winning all three races, including the final race which saw two 180-degree shifts!
Callahan finished with a net of 11 points in 8 races (1 throwout), David was second with 19 points, Bill Brangiforte had 29 points, Eric Woodman had 31 points and Drew Buttner was 5th with 34 points.
Wendy Johnson, the first female Commodore of the WLYC and regatta chair, put on a great event. Her crew ran great races and really stepped it up on shore, including shrimp cocktail in the parking lot while we de-rigged on Saturday. The club honored Brangiforte following racing for his years of free rigging/racing clinics for the youths on Friday afternoons before the event. It was a fun weekend!
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