Extreme2 Wins the Ugotta Regatta


Andrew Carelton and Drew Carelton accept the first-place award.

Dan Cheresh and the team on Extreme2 followed up their North Americans win with a first-place finish at the Ugotta Regatta, sailed out of the Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs, MI.

Cheresh’s team and Mark Bremer’s C&C 30 City Girl competed in the 14-boat PHRF B class. The weekend event consisted of two “Tour of the Bay” races, approximately 20 miles in length. Extreme2 won both races on elapsed and corrected time. City Girl scored a 4-7 to finish fourth overall.

“It doesn’t get prettier than sailing in these waters,” says Cheresh. “We had a great time and lots of laughs.”

Find the overall scores here.

“Friend” Wins ‘Round the Island Race

Just A Friend C&C 30

Just A Friend racing off Martha’s Vineyard. Bill Brine/Edgartown YC photo

The C&C 30 One Design Just A Friend won the Edgartown ‘Round the Island Race, sailing the 52.25 nautical miles around Martha’s Vineyard in light breeze. Not only did they win their 14-boat PHRF class, Just A Friend also won overall against 45 PHRF and IRC boats, which included three TP52s.

“It was one of those days when everything went right,” says owner Clay Deutsch. “There was a max tide push for us, we hit the big shifts, and there was a ton of spinnaker reaching, which the boat loves.”

Just A Friend was awarded the Venona Trophy, which is presented to the yacht in the spinnaker divisions with the best overall corrected time. The trophy was given in 1938 by Commodore E. Jared Bliss and named after his ocean racing yacht which won the Bermuda Race in 1908.

Results of the Round the Island Race can be found here.

Tremendous Show of Sportsmanship in Chicago-Mackinac Race

city_girl_rescueThe 2016 Chicago-Mackinac Race was an eventful one for the crew of the C&C 30 One Design City Girl.  Squall lines followed the 326-boat fleet as they raced up Lake Michigan, causing 22 boats to drop out and propelling City Girl to the fastest boatspeed number seen in this new class – 24.65.

But the real story of the race came when, about two-thirds of the way to Mackinac, City Girl encountered the One Design 48 Whodo. “They looked like they were in distress,” says Mark Bremer, owner of City Girl.  “The wind was about 20-25 knots at that point, and we had just come inside the Manitou passage so the waves were a bit smaller, maybe 3-5 feet. We were blasting along hitting the 20s regularly when we heard the distress signal and spotted Whodo.”

Bremer’s team took down their sails and waited while the Whodo crew boarded their life raft, then threw them a line and pulled them alongside. All 10 crew were transferred to City Girl and delivered safely to nearby Leland, MI, where they met the Coast Guard. Whodo reported that their rudder shaft had broken, causing the boat to take on water. None of the crew were injured.

When they reached Leland, City Girl had been out of the race for more than two hours. They decided to retire and head to nearby Harbor Springs, the site of their next scheduled regatta.

Tac Boston, sailmaker for City Girl, agreed that it was an eventful race. “It had some epic parts, for sure!” he says. The bright spot for City Girl was hitting a top speed of 24.65, sailing with a fractional A5 (custom sail for offshore racing) and J3. The wind speed was 23 knots with a true-wind angle of 155 degrees at the time. “Seriously, the boat is a weapon,” he says, “especially with the masthead A3 and with the sail combination we had up when we hit the high score.”

Bremer took delivery of City Girl earlier this year and competed in the Annapolis NOOD regatta in early May. The Mac Race was the second event, and first distance race, for City Girl

Read the Chicago-Mackinac Race wrap-up here.

Watch the rescue story on the local news channel here.


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