New England Takes Center Stage With US Masters and Huge Regional Turnout
Posted July 29, 2015
It was the weekend the Sunfish took over the lake as the Wequaquet Lake Yacht Club hosted part II of the New England Regional Championships. The club was bursting at the seams as thirty nine boats competed in the open division, while another seven took part in the youth division and three in the double-handed division. It was also the toughest fleet at a regional Sunfish regatta in a long time, as sailors came from all over the country to compete, with many of them making a double header of Wequaquet and nearby Lake Massapoag for the upcoming US Masters championship Aug. 1-2.
The weather couldn't have been any better, as 10-15 knot winds pushed the fleet fast enough to allow for 6 races on day 1 and 3 more on day 2. Doug Kaukeinen had an unbelievable weekend taking first place with 16 points in 9 races and no finish worse than 3rd for the whole regatta. Dan Hesse took second, 10 points behind Doug, and Amanda Callahan took 3rd in a tiebreaker with Bill Brangiforte.
The Masters looks to be another large, strong fleet with upwards of 50 boats anticipated. Since Kevin Buruchian is too young to compete he is going to serve as PRO. Diane Kampf is once again outdoing herself as Regatta Chair to make it a great time for everyone.