Head to Head Competition at the Storm Trysail HPR Regatta in Annapolis
Mother nature certainly didn’t cooperate this past weekend as the first two C&C 30 OD’s lined up for the first time in the Storm Trysail HPR handicap event on Chesapeake Bay. “Salt”, driven by amateur Max Buerman dominated boat for boat in the 3 boat fleet. Buerman beat pro drivers Chris Larson (Farr 280) and Geoff Ewenson (C&C 30 OD) in what he called a “fantastic experience”.
“I haven’t steered sailboats in any more than a dozen races in my life,” explained Max Buerman, “Salt” Owner and Driver. “But with a fun and talented crew and an easy modern boat to sail, even I can take the gun!”
“Salt” chalked up 3 elapsed time wins in the makeshift HPR class. The HPR rule is designed to handicap modern boats that get up and plane in the right conditions. Even though the C&C 30 OD will predominantly be sailed as a one design class, the boat was purpose built to be legal under the HPR rule. Designer Mark Mills added that the C&C 30 is truly designed to meet all offshore requirements to be a safe, fun offshore competitor and not just a purpose built in-shore racer. In its fledgling stages of development the HPR class was opened up to non-compliant boats for the sake of creating more competitive racing and highlighting new fun designs. Which is why it is even a better story that Buerman and his team could hold off such strong competition boat for boat.
“21 KNOTS SUSTAINED”
The highlight of the weekend came on day two when a cold front came through and canceled racing. “Salt” took to the water in 30+ knot conditions and broke the speed record for the fledgling C&C 30 OD. “21 knots sustained” exclaimed an exuberant Jeremy Wilmot. “Smiles all around, with the only problem being the fact that you get pretty far away from the dock when playing around at those speeds!”
With hull number 19 up for grabs, the C&C 30 OD looks to be creating quite a buzz, and the fact that amateurs can win and pro’s can have a ball-all at the same event, bodes well for the future of the class.
Stay tuned for more details on the C&C 30 OD–coming to a yacht club near you.