Congratulations to Bill Barton and his crew Peter Smith, Peter Duncan and Thomas Blackwell who recently won the Atlantic Nationals held at the Madison Beach Club. Sailing with all Doyle Sails, this is the first time that Bill and his team have won the event. The team have been sailing together for years and have roots at the American YC in Rye, NY where Bill grew up, and are active in the Etchells class as well. The team finished with an impressive scoreline of 3,3,1,5,1, besting the competition by 2 points after sealing the regatta and sitting out the last race.
Since 1981, Bill has crewed on various Atlantics in Blue Hill Bay, Maine . He bought his Atlantic shortly after the 2008 Nationals. Over the next 3 to 4 years he picked away at re-rigging and updating all the gear during his vacation time in Maine but continued to crew for others, including his current middle man in this year’s event, Peter Smith of Morris Yachts. Due to commitments and priorities racing in the Etchells Class internationally, his boat languished until finally being ready in 2012 for the KYC Atlantic Nationals where he finished 5th.
Doyle One Design has been building and refining Atlantic sail development for the last 6 years, and their sails also won Nationals in 2011. The Jib is designed for a looser headstay to improve tacking angles, and the main is optimized for a stiffer mast. The combination has proven very fast in recent years.
Marblehead Race Week Re-Cap:
Marblehead Race Week just wrapped up, and featured four days of racing that saw a variety of conditions. Doyle Sails performed well, winning the majority of the classes, and the overall title as well.
In the Sonar Class, Doyle sails took 1-3, led by Skip Shumway, who was also named Overall Winner of Race Week for winning its most competitive class. Following behind Shumway were Larry Ehrhardt and Eric Voss. Many in the fleet were gearing up for the upcoming Sonar World Championships to be held in Rochester, NY in September.
In the hotly competitive Rhodes 19 class, with 32 boats entered, Doyle Sails took home 1-8, with Ben Richardson winning over last years champions, Charlie Pendleton / Jim Raisides.
Tomas Hornos won the Etchells Class sailing Destiny, with Doyle boats also taking 3rd and 4th. This is the first time that Hornos has won the Etchells class in Race Week, having previously won the Sonar class in 2011. Crewing for Hornos were Luke Lawrence and Andy Casey from Florida. Hornos was using a standard AP main new MHL2 full version jib with dual jib track trimming designed for typical confused sea state in Marblehead and offshore Newport, in anticipation of the 2014 Worlds to be held in Newport.
The IOD class was won by Norm Cressy and Bruce Dyson sailing Gypsy. Norm Cressy, who worked for Doyle until his retirement, has raced the last 65 Race Weeks, winning a number of them over the years.
The Town Class was also won by Doyle sails, with Berit Solstad taking home the win after winning 6 of the 9 races.
In the J/70 Class, Jud & Cindy Smith took home second, while Tyler Doyle finished 4th. The regatta was a good experience, with some more information on tuning and trim sorted out in Friday’s racing.