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On the Bay: June 5, 2009

Peter Galloway, with crew Paul Steinborn and Ched Proctor, won the 2009 Sonar Atlantic Coast Championships held over the weekend of May 31-June 1. Hosted by Manhasset Bay YC, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and Sonar Fleet #11, the racing was competitive to the very end, when Galloway, who was tied with second place team of Bill Lynn and co-skipper Ed Keuer, with a strong team of Robert Wilber and Harcourt Schutz nipping at their heels, managed to pull ahead in the downwind leg of the seventh and last race of the regatta. Lynn and Wilber got into a tacking duel, Lynn fell into a hole, and the Galloway team jibed away, and onto victory. Galloway attributed his win to, “consistency, minimizing risk, and maximizing opportunities. We just had to stay in front of them.”

PRO Judy Hanlon, from Tampa, FL, ran four races on Saturday in winds that were fluky with giant shifts, with lots of current across the mouth of the bay. “Saturday was a challenge, with winds up and down, left and right – very challenging conditions,” said Hanlon. Bill Simon, a local Sonar racer, co-captain with Herb Schmidt of Sonar Fleet #11 and an international vice president for the Sonar Class, commented, “with pressure up and down, with lots of mixed seas, it was like sailing in a washing machine.” Sunday dawned with a dead calm over the bay, forcing Hanlon to an onshore postponement for an hour until a steady wind from the south filled in. An ebb tide and loss of current continued to challenge the teams as they completed three more races on Long Island Sound, off Hart Island.

Rick Doerr, president of the Sonar Class and well-known Paralympic sailor who competed in the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, came in seventh in the championship. With a long list of sailing medals and accomplishments, Doerr is very aware that the real reward, for him, is getting back into a boat after a spinal cord injury in 1992. “Sailing got me back to a place where I felt familiar after my injury.” As president of the Sonar Class, his goal is to “build the fleet” and “just advance sailing.” Two important events for the Sonar Class this season include the U.S. Sonar Championships at Sachems Head YC on Sept. 12-13 and the Sonar Worlds at Noroton YC on Sept 30-Oct. 4.

Thanks to Lynne and Doug Stebbins, event co-chairs, hosts Manhasset Bay YC, United States Merchant Marine Academy and Sonar Fleet #11 and to sponsors, Club Safe, Doyle Sailmakers and North Sails.

Top teams for the Sonar Atlantic Coast Championship: 1.Peter Galloway, Paul Steinborn, Ched Proctor (Noroton YC), 2. Bill Lynn, Ed Keuer, co-skippers, Fleet 14, 3. Robert Wilber, Harcourt Schutz (Sachem’s Head YC), 4. Lee Morrison, Don Vasta (Noroton YC), and 5. Erik Goethert, Kate Barton (PPYC). For more information and photos, go to www.manhassetbayyc.org and click on Sailing and Racing.

On Friday, May 29, Quantum Sails will begin accepting entries to win an all-expenses-paid trip to be part of the crew on board TP52 Quantum Racing for the Audi MedCup event in Portimao, Portugal. The regatta will take place on Aug. 18-23.

To enter, ponder this: “Have you ever dreamed of racing on a grand prix yacht at the highest level? Here’s your chance. Tell us why you should be the one to come to Portimao and live the dream.” Essays up to 300 words accompanied by one photo, or video essays of less than two minutes will be accepted. The entry form will go live on the QuantumSails.com website on Friday, allowing participants from around the world to submit their best stories. A judging panel will narrow down the finalists, and then, for one week in mid-July, the public will be invited to pick their favorite to determine the winner.

The winner will receive a round-trip airline ticket from their nearest major airport to Portugal on Aug. 14, ground transport, 10 nights at the four-star Tivoli Marina Hotel in Portimao, three days of practice and six days of racing (weather permitting) on the TP52 Quantum Racing alongside top professionals in the world of yachting, including 2008 Yachtsman of the Year Terry Hutchinson. The winner will be a full member of the racing crew and will be involved in all team activities. Quantum Racing crew gear will also be provided, along with full access to the Audi MedCup village, crew facilities, and special events. For additional information, and to submit an entry, visit quantumsails.com

The Boston College Sailing Team has won the 2009 ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship, successfully defending the title won a year ago on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. The three day event was sailed in Flying Juniors at Treasure Island Sailing Center, hosted by California Maritime Academy and the University of California, Berkeley.

The top 14 schools in the nation - as determined by their performance in one of the seven Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association conferences to which they belong - were split into two groups, with each group sailing a single round robin to advance their top four teams to the Gold round. The next stage was for the eight teams in the Gold round to sail two round robin schedules, wherein only BC, St. Mary’s, Georgetown and Yale advanced to the final round. Final standings: 1. Boston College 13-4, 2. St. Mary’s 12-6, 3. Georgetown 10-7, 4. Yale 9-8. Complete results: http://tinyurl.com/09-Team-Race-Results

The winning Boston College team was comprised of skippers Adam Roberts, Brian Kamilar, Tyler Sinks, Taylor Canfield, and Parker Dwyer, and the crews were Carrie Amarante, Andrew Schneider, Lauren Gillooly, Sandy Williams, Danny Bloomstine, Christian Manchester, and Evan Cooke. — BC website: http://bceagles.cstv.com/sports/c-sail/mtt/bc-c-sail-mtt.html.