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Doyle Places 9 out of Top 10 at Rhodes 19 East Coast Champs 2015

A high five between the skipper and his trimmer’s son on bow captured on camera says it all for the winners of the Rhodes-19 East Coast Champs. Charlie Pendleton, Jim Raisides, and Jack Raisides on team Bight Me take top honors at this Manchester, MA event, powered by Doyle Sails. Pendleton mentioned that young Jack was, “put to work on foredeck and could be seen flying the spinnaker in the last race.”

High Five! Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

High Five! Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

Jim Raisides was kind enough to give us an overview of the event, even giving a shout out to their humble sailmakers. (Thanks!) The results do speak for themselves with Doyle Sails placing 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 in the event.

“There was a lot of anticipation for this year’s East Coast Championships mostly because of the venue at the Manchester Yacht Club.  It had been 25 years since Manchester had last hosted a Rhodes 19 event, surprising considering the huge Rhodes fleet in the harbor.

Twenty three boats raced the three day event with competitors coming from as far away as Chicago.  The competition was tough with three former National Championship winners and multiple East Coast Champions in the fleet.

All three days produced similar conditions, flat seas in light 5-10 knot breezes that began as a northerly and clocked right to an easterly.  Not as easy as it sounds, as the breeze was extremely shifty and included a lot of left oscillations that paid dividends up the course even though the predominate shift was right.

These conditions made it difficult for the race committee, but MYC and PRO Conway Felton ran a fantastic regatta with each race a fair test of sailing skill.  With the 23 boats over 8 races, there was only 2 general recalls, one “I” flag and no protests.

East Coast Champions on Bight Me. Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

East Coast Champions on Bight Me. Photo by Blake Jackson of Marblehead Studios

Charlie Pendleton, Jim Raisides and son Jack Raisides took this year’s top honors with 15 points posting 5 firsts including 3 on the first day. Dru Slattery and crew Linda Epstein were consistently quick across the regatta placing second with 31, followed in third by Jamie Holley sailing with his wife Janice and son Cameron. Doyle sails were on 9 of the top 10 boats!”

We’re realizing again and again, the Rhodes 19 is a fun fleet, with Pendleton mentioning in the class newsletter, “Shannon Lane and Charlie Thomas put on a great show, end to end.  When was the last time we had a live band at a Rhodes event!?”

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