The organizers at the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation (JGASF) pulled out all of the stops for their 2021 Independence Cup regatta. This disabled sailing event hosts three classes, Sonars, Independence 20s and 2.4 meters. They provide everything from the shirt on your back, to your hotel room to your boat. They have a well organized army of volunteers who could not be more helpful.
On the water its a great venue and a well run regatta. They sail four or five leg windward – leeward courses and organized enough to really get races run.
The first day of sailing was challenging. The breeze started out of the south west, light and shifty then transitioned to a “sea breeze” for the last of the 3 races. Rudy Trejo was the story of the day. Posting a 1-2-1, Rudy was picking his way through the shifts with amazing precision. Shan McAdoo and Matt Koblenzar finished the day in second and third respectively.
Day 2 brought wind. Rudy Trejo continued to dominate on the course. Some of the competitors struggled in the breeze (me) and there were some broken boat issues.
The IC is as much about camaraderie as sailing. The folks at the JGASF and the Chicago Columbia Yacht Club put on a great on site BBQ for all of the competitors featuring yummy Chicago Style Hot Dogs.
The final day of racing came with light air. The RC got all three fleets out early so they could maximize the racing. In the end the 2.4 meters got 8 races over three days. Rudy Trejo continued to sail masterfully Matt Koblenzar rose from 3rd to 2nd and Shan McAdoo fell into 3rd. The sailing conditions were challenging and fair.
Thanks to the folks at JGASF and the Chicago Parks Dept. Peter Goldman, Mike Nolan assemble an army of volunteers to support every aspect of competitive disabled sailing. We sailed hard and had a great time in Chicago. We missed our Canadian friends and hope you will join us next year.
July is the middle of sailing season in New England and so far we have been very happy in our new home at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport MA. While the weather has not always cooperated (thanks Elsa), we have been welcomed into the club and are now sailing 1 or 2 days per week.
SBYC is a lovely little club with an amazing view and great amenities. The race course is a 10 minute sail from the dock and is usually in flat waters with 8-12 knots of wind. Perfect 2.4 meter sailing conditions.
We are in with 3 other fleets (Flying Scotts, Rhodes 19s and Bullseyes), and get multiple starts per race day. The courses are usually 4 leg windward leeward so we get plenty of starts and roundings. The fleet as a whole is improving with finishers all crossing within seconds.
The group recently purchased new sails and are psyched for the rest of the summer in Rockport followed by fall and winter in Florida. We have been working on expanding our owners pool and now have 5 committed owners for our fleet. Just this past weekend we welcomed Arthur Bronstein to our fleet. Arthur was heard to say that the 2.4 meter was “the most fine I have ever had in a sailboat.”
Our upcoming schedule includes sending fleet members to Chicago for the Independence Cup and then next month the whole fleet will be sailing in the Thomas Claggett Regatta in Newport. We are also hoping that visiting 2.4 meter sailors will come to Rockport to sail against us.