As volunteers and the East Greenwich Yacht Club staff worked through squalls and rain, more than 60 boats sat through nothing more than a sprinkle and a one-hour delay that forced the race committee to send sailors on the short course for the pursuit race last Saturday.
When the sea breeze finally filled in, it was Tom D’Albora’s Beneteau 36.7 Coconut that navigated the shifty breeze to win the spinnaker class in this year’s East Greenwich Yacht Club Annual Regatta. D’Albora’s victory in the competitive spinnaker class made him the first two-time winner and the 2012 winner of the Schroff Family Perpetual Trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the most competitive class.
This year’s regatta included the introduction of the John Lavin Perpetual Trophy awarded to the highest placing J Boat to finish in any class. The new award recognizes John’s passion for sailing and love of J Boats. John, a longtime member of the East Greenwich Yacht Club, passed away unexpectedly earlier this year and his family and crew developed the award to honor his memory. The inaugural winner of the John Lavin Perpetual Trophy was Steve Wood sailing his J29, Big Taz. It was noted how appropriate it is for a J29 to be the first winner, as Lavin owned and successfully campaigned his J29 Dirty Harry for many years.
As more than 500 sailors attended the post-race party, the winner of the Non-Spinnaker Class, East Greenwich Yacht Club Commodore Neil Kimatian and Family Class winner Mike Hackett were awarded trophies. Complete results of this year’s event can be found on the regatta website at www.egycregatta.com/wp-content/uploads/Results1.pdf.
The East Greenwich Yacht Club is a 103-year-old organization dedicated to increasing the enjoyment of boating activities for its members and the community. Founded in 1909, the club provides a wide range of training and education programs on various topics related to boating for both youth and adults.