Dickinson on form in ‘Stickers’ regatta
The East End Mini Yacht Club made a clean sweep of the podium at the Lawrence “Stickers” Hendrickson Jr Memorial Regatta at the weekend.
Stevie Dickinson won Sunday's Comet class regatta, hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Boat and Sports Club, and was joined on the podium by clubmates Kelsey Durham and Maxwell Curtis Jr, who finished second and third respectively.
Dickinson and crew Eleanor Altamura won three races in the four-race series to pip Durham and crew Julia Lines by two points for top honours.
“I thought we sailed very well,” Dickinson said. “We read the shifts very good, we had good boat speed and some tight races. It was a very nice day.”
As for his club's impressive sweep of the podium, Dickinson added: “We have some real bullies down East End Mini Yacht Club. We've got some tough guys down there and we've done it [swept the podium] a few times before.”
Curtis and crew Stefan Furbert finished three points adrift of Durham and Lines to claim the final spot on the podium.
“Normally, I struggle in the light breeze, but some reason I got the boat going and I was really pleased with my performance,” Curtis said. “I basically kept up with the top four boats all day. Even when I made mistakes, I was still able to fight back and get a podium finish.
“Kelsey sailed well, Steve sailed well and even Gladwin [Comet Class president Gladwin Lambert] sailed well. It was definitely a good day.”
Dickinson won the opening three races with Durham taking the win in the fourth and final race of the series, which was contested in the North Shore waters off Mid-Atlantic Boat and Sports Club.
Lambert and crew Stefan Maybury finished fourth, with Dale Brangman and crew Tajahari Rodgers rounding off the top five finishers among the 13-boat race fleet.
The win was Dickinson's second on the trot, having won the Kacy Simons Memorial Regatta, also hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Boat and Sports Club, with a race to spare with crew Micah Raynor the previous week.