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Opti Team Racing Regatta on Manhasset Bay

On Friday, Aug. 9, the Port Washington Yacht Club hosted the first ever Opti Team Race. Invitations were extended to nearby yacht clubs to participate in this novel form of racing. The short course race was designed in a digital N and had a modified ending. The competitors were grouped into four teams of three boats each. The objective was to get the least number of points per race. As the two teams went out, the six boats raced around the course and the result was to get the best placement and deny the other team the opportunity to sweep. Points were assigned according to placement of each boat and the overall score of the team. A boat would receive one point for first, two points for second, three points for third, four points for fourth, five points for fifth and six points for sixth. Those points would them be added up by team and the lowest total would win the race.  

The course took approximately eight minutes to sail and the wind gods that day granted the sailors a hardy blow. A passing storm and booming thunder granted the sailors a 20 minute reprieve before they were again sent out for another round.  Participants in the races included young sailors from Port Washington Yacht Club, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club and Centerport Yacht Club. There was also a combined team of Port and Manhasset Bay sailors.

After 12 races, Port Washington sailors Griffin Catallo (Manhasset), Annabelle Bridges and Shayne Berson were tied with Centerport’s Cormac Murphy, Hallie Sinkins, and Spencer Kreigstein, with six wins each. Manhasset Bay sailors Paige Carroll, Layton Nass, and Madison Shields had third and Caitlin Knight, Lauren Krim and Laura Wefer had fourth.  There was a sail-off to determine the winner.

In the sail-off, Centerport took first and Cormac and Griffen battled for second as Cormac won by half a boat length. Centerport also took fifth, so the combination placement of 1, 2, 5 won the sailoff beating PWYC 3,4,6 results.  All in all everyone had a blast. Nice part was Shayne Bersin our third was new this year and took home a second place trophy as a team member. “Seems we’ve set up a annual event” said George Catallo, PWYC Junior Sailing Chairman who initiated this team sailing regatta.