Brangiforte Wins First New England Regional of 2018
Posted June 18, 2018
By Eric Woodman
Winning his 3rd consecutive event of the young of the 2018 New England schedule, Bill Brangiforte topped a 33-boat fleet on the weekend of June 16-17 at the Hyannis Yacht Club – the first year the regatta has not been held at the Barrington (RI) Yacht club in 55 years.
With light winds and sunny skies, it was all the HYC race committee could do to get in five races – enough for a throw-out, which Brangiforte needed to top Will Kresic (2nd) and Alan Beckwith (4th) . Rounding out the top five were Andy David (3rd) and Lyndsay Stockwell (5th).
The 33 boats was the largest turnout for the first New England Regional in 27 years (!); the 1991 Regional at Barrington RI drew 40 boats. The second New England Regional, held annually at Wequaquet Lake Yacht Club has averaged more than 30 boats a year over the last decade but the first regional has drawn just 18 on average over the last decade. Hyannis certainly proved to be a big draw.
Saturday began with a squirrely breeze that shifted around the compass for a while, causing several postponements, before settling in from the South-Southwest for light and challenging conditions.
The five races on Saturday provided to be the entirety of the regatta, as the breeze was all but zero on Sunday morning and the club and racers decided it would be better to head home at 11:30 a.m. for Father’s Day rather than waiting out the potential of an afternoon sea breeze (and major traffic coming off Cape Cod).
Saturday’s racing was tricky! Alan Beckwith was the most consistent of the day, throwing out a 6th. Kresic had bookend bullets and threw out a 9th, but Brangiforte was dominant until the final race when he had a 22nd, which he threw out.
The Hyannis Yacht Club, led by PRO Charlie Cooper, were phenomenal hosts. They kept costs down while providing first-rate hospitality, a fantastic dinner and attentive race management. We certainly hope to be back for future regionals.
The second New England Regional will be held at Lake Wequaquet, also on Cape Cod, the weekend of July 21-22. An equally large fleet, or larger, can be expected and it’s always a highlight of the summer!