The first one-design start for the C&C 30 One Design class was a huge success. Nine boats lined up during the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, June 13 and 14. The inaugural racing took place just nine months after the boat was introduced to the public at the Newport International Boat Show. The winner of the regatta was Dan Cheresh and his team on Extreme2, winning two of the four races and finishing with seven points overall.
“The key was getting off the line, and keeping our nose clean,” says Cheresh, who hails from Saugatuck, MI. John Gluek, main trimmer for Extreme2, agreed, adding that boatspeed was also important. “It was critical to play the running backstay,” he says. “You can tweak it and feel the boat take off; just a quick burp on the runners and you can feel the boat pick up.” Adds Cheresh, “It’s just a really fun boat to sail.”
Consistency was the key for second -place finisher Walt Thirion of Annapolis, with 11 points and also with two first-place finishes. He and his crew from Themis greeted the winners at the dock with champagne and shared a toast to celebrate a hard-fought regatta.
Conditions were challenging on the first day of racing, with the course set just off Ft. Adams in Narragansett Bay, which the sailing instructions described as “Stadium Sailing.” Spectators on land were treated to a start-finish line set just yards off the shoreline of the State Park. Patchy winds, tight quarters, and finally a 180-degree windshift played havoc with the fleet for the first two races.
The second day of racing took place in the open waters of Rhode Island Sound, with steadier breezes and wide open courses. While boatspeeds were more even, the trick was getting around the corners clean. “We made a few mistakes, “ says Clay Deutsch of Newport, whose Just a Friend finished fifth. “But we had a great time, and we love the boat. It’s everything we hoped for and then some.”
The event kicked off with a C&C 30 One Design team party hosted by Angus Davis and the crew of Nyabinghi. All nine teams gathered at Newport Shipyard for dinner and reggae music. Several teams also gathered Saturday for a post-race debrief.
“The sailing was fantastic, challenging, and competitive, but those pale in comparison to the camaraderie that we have both on and off the water,“ says Cheresh. “All of the interaction is great for the class.”
The next events for the C&C 30 One Design include Block Island Race Week, Long Beach Race Week, and the IRC East Coast Championships.