Dickinson and Raynor cruise to glory
Stevie Dickinson and crew Micah Raynor won the Kacy Simons Memorial Regatta with a race to spare on Sunday.
The Comet sailors posted three straight victories competing on the windward/leeward racecourse offshore of Mid Atlantic Boat and Sports Club, the regatta hosts, to clinch the four-race series comfortably.
Maxwell Curtis Jr and crew Stefan Furbert finished second with Gladwin Lambert and crew Stefan Maybury rounding off the podium in third.
Dickinson passed leader Curtis on the first run to the bottom mark and clung to his advantage to win the opening race.
He was also forced to play catch up in the second race before overtaking leader win Lambert again heading to the leeward mark and holding on for the win.
With the title well within grasp, Dickinson led from start to finish in the third race.
“The boat felt a lot better today; a lot of speed and a lot of power,” Dickinson said. “First time in a long time this young fellow [Raynor] has been out and I'm sure he's a little tired.”
Dickinson and Raynor coped best in the tricky 12 to 15 knot south east breezes on the North Shore.
“It was actually very, very shifty,” Dickinson added. “Sometimes we didn't know whether to take it or just hold onto it. And then right at the windward mark it was real fluky because if you had a nice lead you would lose it in a matter of seconds.
“But sailing off the wind we were very, very fast. We made up a lot of distance in going downwind.”
Curtis won the fourth race after Dickinson went ashore early having already sewn up the regatta.
The win proved to be vital for Curtis as it enabled him to pip Lambert for second on a tie-break after both sailors remained deadlocked at the completion of the series.
“It was another successful day of racing with a big fleet and some close racing,” Lambert, the Comet Class president, said.
“It was a nice breeze from the south east. Very shifty but everybody had to deal with the same conditions.”