Racing Around the US – July is Hot!

nyabinghi_edgarWaters around the U.S. were buzzing with the excitement of C&C 30 OD racing in July.  In California, Ed Feo and his team on Loco won first overall in the ULDB class in the Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race. The 81-mile course takes the fleet from Santa Barbara, around Anacapa Island, and finishes in King Harbor (Los Angeles). Fifty-eight boats competed.

“The highlight of the race was the late afternoon run from Anacapa back to the coast,” says Ed (below, left, holding silver trophy). “The breeze built to 18 knots. It was a fun ride on the C&C 30, passing 50-footers that had started ahead of us. All smiles on the boat and at the awards!”

EdFeo_Santa_BarbaraBill Petersen of Southern California C&C dealer Denison Yacht Sales (second from left in photo) was part of the Loco crew. “We averaged 7.5k knots over the course,” he says. “Our top speed was in the 16-knot range. The start was light, and we sailed on the wind for the first two hours, then turning onto a close reach with the wind building to 18. We finished just behind the Sleds. Great ride!”

In the waters of Long Island Sound, Paul Strauch and his team on Andiamo won The Charles Vanderlan Trophy for Best Overall Cruising Class Performance at Larchmont Race Week (first place in PHRF). Sailed over two weekends, 16 boats competed in the PHRF class, completing three light-air races. Andiamo was the winner of two races, which secured the top spot.

In Newport, RI, the C&C 30 OD fleet sailed nine races over four days at the IRC East Coast Championship. Sailing in IRC 3, the C&Cs were scored as their own sub-class, with Walt Thirion and the Themis team coming out on top. From there, the fleet moved to Martha’s Vineyard for Edgartown Race Weekend.  The three-day event featured two days of buoy racing, followed by a race around Martha’s Vineyard Island. Angus Davis and Nyabinghi won the Around the Island Race in the C&C 30 OD division (see photo, top), as well as taking home the C&C Yachts Best Overall Corrected Time Trophy. In the racing around the buoys, Jim Madden and the Stark Raving Mad VIII team were the first C&C 30 OD, and third overall  in PHRF A.

Dan Cheresh and the team of Extreme 2 traveled to Harbor Springs, MI, to compete in the Ugotta Regatta, also in July. “It was an awesome showing for the boat,” says Dan, who hails from Holland, MI. Sailing in the 13-boat fleet that made up PHRF 2, Extreme 2 finished fifth.

One-Design Racing Ahead

Five C&C 30 ODs have already registered for Storm Trysail Club’s Annapolis Fall Regatta. Dan Cheresh and his Extreme 2 team, winners of the first one-design gathering in June, will defend against Walt Thirion’s Themis team (now a two-time winner from Block Island and the IRC East Coasts) on Themis’ home waters. Also in the mix is Annapolis sailor Bob Moran and the new BobSled,  along with Jim Madden and the Stark Raving Mad VIII team coming off a strong Edgartown event.

Looking ahead to Quantum Key West Race Week, seven teams, including Nigel Biggs and the Checkmate team from the UK, are currently registered, along with teams from around the U.S. The fleet is expected to easily top double digits by January. 

Fantastic Week of Racing at Storm Trysail’s Block Island Race Week

C&C 30 ThemisCompeting in a regatta described as “epic,” five C&C 30 One Designs battled it out during Story Trysail’s Biennial Block Island Race Week. With consistently windy conditions that topped out at 30 knots during the distance race, the C&C 30 One Design fleet experienced top speeds in the 20s off the wind.

“It doesn’t get much better than this,” said Geoff Ewenson, tactician on the C&C 30 Themis. Themis sailed an impressively consistent week, scoring seven firsts in 11 races.

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“The boat just comes alive in the upper range; it feels a lot like a big boat,” said Ewenson (in photo, below, accepting the overall award) after the first day of racing. “We played around with the headstay in the changing wind strength, and it made a big difference.”

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“We had a terrific time at Block Island Race Week,” said Angus Davis (far right in photo, below, with crew members Pete Levesque, Cameron Appleon, holding Ella, and Chase Hogoboom), whose Nyabinghi finished second. “Most memorable was the Round the Island race Tuesday where we saw peak wind gusts in excess of 30 knots and peak boat speeds around 20 knots. Themis won the event with an impressive and consistently strong performance – congrats to Walt and his team!”

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For more coverage and photos/video from Storm Trysail’s Block Island Race Week, follow the links below.

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