By Airwaves Writer Taylor Penwell
Edgewater Yacht Club, Cleveland, Ohio–June 15-18th
138 teams competed in the 37th Cleveland Race Week One-Design Weekend at the Edgewater Yacht Club. Four race circles, comprised of eleven fleets made up the racing. The Cleveland Race Week also included the Star Western Hemisphere Championship that started on Thursday June 15th.
Conditions were light at the start of the event but increased as the weekend went on. With three days of racing and six races scored, Arthur Anosov and crew, David Caesar, from Seneca Yacht Club won the Western Hemisphere Championship with 17 points. Second place went to John MacCausland and crew, Roger Cheer, who won a tiebreaker against George Szabo and crew Dave Martin.
The J70 Great Lakes Championship started on Friday with 16 boats in the fleet. The three days of racing held seven races and Bruce Golison and his crew from Alamitos Bay Yacht Club on Midlife Crisis took home the first place spot with 17 points. Second place went to Trey Sheehan and his crew on Hooligan: Flat Stanley Racing finished second with 24 points. The third place finisher was Dave Koski on Soul with 33 points.
The Tartan 10 class had 19 boats competing in the Lake Erie Championship that started on Friday morning. Some close racing was held over the seven races. Heidi Backus and her team on Nuts from Vermillion Boat Club finished first with 21 points. Second place went to Teddy Pinkerton and his crew on Perfect with 28 points. Close behind in third place was Scott Irwins team on Iball with 29 points.
The J/Boat 105, 24 and 22 classes saw some competitive racing as well. The J105 Fall Line skippered by Chip Schaffner and team finished first with 12 points after seven races. Ryan Lashaway on the J24 Escape Plan won his class after six races and 14 points. In the J22 class Victor Synder and Kevin Doyle of Youngstown Yacht Club on Mo’ Money took first with 11 points after 6 races.
Terry McSweeney’s Flat Stanley took first place in the Melges 32 class with 13 points after six races. Skip Dieball and Matt Fisher took home first place with four first places in the Interlake class. Dave Michos on Na Pame took home first place in the 11 boat Jet 14 fleet. The Dragon and Ensign classes each had six races and the first place class finishers were Mark DeYoung on the Dragon Lola and Jim Collins on the Ensign JAGER.
Star: USA 8000, Arthur Anosov, Seneca Yacht Club
Tartan 10: Nuts, Heidi Backus, Vermillion Boat Club
J/70: Midlife Crisis, Bruce Golison, Alamitos Bay Yacht Club
Melges 32: Flat Stanley, Terry McSweeney, Edgewater Yacht Club
J/105: Fall Line, Chip Schaffner, Cleveland Yacht Club
J22: Mo’ Money, Victor Snyder/Devin Doyle, Youngstown Yacht Club
J24: Escape Plan, Ryan Lashaway, Toledo Ice Yacht Club
Dragon: Lola, Mark DeYoung, Edgewater Yacht Club
Ensign: JAGER, Jim Collins, Ensign Class Association
Interlake: 1174, Skip Dieball, GIYC/NCYC
Jet 14: Na Pame, Dave Michos, Edgewater Yacht Club
For complete information, visit www.clevelandraceweek.com. Photos are available on the Cleveland Race Week Facebook Page.