2009-08-06 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks for a successful regatta

The Conanicut and Jamestown Yacht Clubs hosted the 2009 Club 420 National Championship on July 27-29. The Club 420 is a two-person sailing dinghy approximately 14 feet long and is a popular boat for youths up to 22 years old in high school and college.

Over 300 sailors, coaches and parents arrived at Ft. Getty Park starting Saturday before the regatta. Ft. Getty offers an attractive venue for a large regatta such as this, with ample lawn area for the Club 420 boats, space for a large tent, ramps to launch the coach and spectator boats, a large beach to launch the 420 boats out of the large waters around the park and ample room for sponsoring vendors.

After three days of challenging racing through light and heavy wind conditions, strong tidal flows and a pesky fog that kept creeping in, taking the podium in first place were Nick Johnstone and Katie DaSilva from Conanicut Yacht Club; second place went to Markus Edegran and Teddy Mark from Larchmont Yacht Club; and third place was awarded to Declan Whitmyer and Ian Storck from Noroton Yacht Club.

Thanks to the local summer residents who graciously welcomed the sailors to their park and saw their usual tranquil days become a flurry of activities and noises of the starting guns going off in the harbor. Special thanks, too, to all the numerous volunteers from the local yacht clubs and the race officials. To pull this off took well over 100 people and they worked tirelessly for four days. The volunteers were flawlessly organized, always upbeat and helpful, and simply made all the attendees leave with a smile.

On behalf of the Club 420 Association, thank you to the entire Jamestown area, who made our regatta a memorable one.
John Barbano,
Vice president
Club 420 Association

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