Doyle 1-2 at 2011 Sonar Long Island Sound Championship

Doyle 1-2 at 2011 Sonar Long Island Soung Championship

The Sonar Long Island Sound Championship hosted by Manhasset Bay Yacht Club’s Fleet 11 and the US Merchant Marine Academy’s Fleet 22 was held on June 4-5, 2011. Six races were completed over the two days. Congratulations to Rick Dominique and his team sailing 652 Dominatrix for winning the regatta by one point over Spencer Powers. Both Rick and Spencer were powered by all Doyle sails.

Tomas Hornos of Doyle Sailmakers sailing with Spencer Power explains the conditions and the competition:

“On Saturday morning there was a light westerly which shut off as soon as the competitors reached the race course. After a few hours of waiting with tempuratures in the 80s, a 10 knot N/NE breeze filled in and the Race Committee quickly got the line set and marks in place. For the first race, the left was heavily favored at the start, gradually becoming an oscillating breeze. The second race was windier with puffs in the teens as dark clouds filled in. The final race of Saturday was lighter as wind continued to shift to the east, towards the mouth of the Long Island Sound. We had a nice long downwind sail with spinnakers into Manhasset Bay where each boat was given a mooring for the night.

“Sunday was quite different with much colder temps and a steady easterly breeze established at 10-12 as we sailed out. Sailing fast through the chop and finding pressure was key all day. As the day wore on, it got cloudier and breeze started to die. First two races were pretty similar with an oscillating breeze making consistent results difficult. The last race was sailed in less than five knots and down to 1 or 2 knots as we drifted into the finish.

"We used the same design sails Jud used at the North Americans which are really fast with max dimensions in jib and an easily trimmed main. We adjusted the forestay length, outer and inner shrouds and mast chalks constantly.

"The last race was close, pretty fluky, but we knew our main competition was Rick Dominique and Alex Meleney. We tried to stay with them, but we lost Rick on a bad shift and only finished one behind Meleney. It was hard to catch Rick after he got ahead because he did a good job of covering. Rick was sailing really fast and had the most consistent results."

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