After eight races over two days in the New Bedford Junior Regatta, Oscar and Colin MacGillivray, of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, topped the leaderboard in Club 420 racing, taking one first place and a total of 23 points. Second-place finishers Henry Hayden and Gigi Diserio from the Nantucket Yacht Club placed second with 36 points, and Riley Kloc and Kaleigh Morgan of Sail Newport and the Barrington Yacht Club took third with 46 points.

Santiago Hirschmann and Joseph Russo of the host New Bedford Yacht Club were the highest local finishers in 11th place with 93 points.

Seventy-four Club 420 racers from the NBYC, the Beverly Yacht Club, Community Boating Center, as well as yacht Clubs from the North Shore of Massachusetts, Maine, the Cape and islands and Rhode Island, competed in the two-day junior regatta in varying wind, wave and water conditions, hiking out on trapezes on upwind legs and wrestling with spinnakers on downwind legs.

Other Southcoast area 420 finishers include (position, skipper, crew, affiliation, point total): 26. Anthony Root, Sadie Thomas, NBYC, 185; 32. Izaiah Farr, Sabrina Pires, NBYC, 215 (tied); 37. Jack Murray, Sophia Clingman, Beverly Yacht Club, 249; 50. John Egger, Stefan Hulsebosch, BYC, 309; 54. Andre Pires, Emerson Lawton, NBYC, 341; 55. Grace Woodcock, Skyler Sullivan, NBYC, 346; 56. Tanner Rosa, Hannah Mailey, Community Boating Center, 348; 57. Dylan Hunt, Miles Bailey, NBYC, 349; 58. Reed Fortier, Amber Rousseau, NBYC, 353; 59. Meghan Berg, Liam Walsh, BYC, 356; 62. Caroline King, Bo Eaves, NBYC, 373; 65. Conrad Gilchrest, Simone Johnson, NBYC, 394 (tied); 67. Nicolas Hirschmann, Ruby Pasquill, NBYC, 436; 68. Samuel Gryska, Alex Craig, BYC, 442; 70. Sofia Hirschmann, Sofia McMillan, NBYC, 452; 72. Mitchell Spell, Alexandra Ferri, NBYC, 493.

With somewhat light air to start and a threatening overcast Saturday, more than 230 junior sailors competed in two days of racing Saturday and Sunday outside Padanaram Harbor in Apponagansett Bay and Clarks Cove. There were four racing circles: one for the Optimist Green fleet (first-time racers) near the Nonquitt shoreline; a circle for the Opti Red, Blue and White fleet northeast of the Padanaram breakwater; a circle for the 420’s farther out in Buzzards Bay; and circle for the Lasers outside of Clarks Cove in New Bedford.

The clouds lifted Saturday afternoon, and the wind picked up giving racers a pretty good day on the water, followed by a fantastic day Sunday. Sunday, winds began blowing from a west/northwest direction but then shifted to up to 15 knots with occasional higher gusts from the southwest, the prevailing wind in Buzzards Bay.

In the Optimist Green fleet for beginning sailboat racers, Dennis Oberg of the Beverly Yacht Club held onto first place after 12 races with 33 points including four first place finishes. Following right behind with 36 points, including three firsts, was Franciszek Pajak of the NBYC. Corey Sullivan, also of the NBYC, placed third with 41 points including three firsts.

Remaining Opti Green finishers were (position, skipper, affiliation, point total): 4. Henry Hagedorn, NBYC, 48; 5. Claire Lewis, Brenton Cove Racing Program, 54; 6. Jared Quann, NBYC, 65; 7. Alexander Gryska, BYC, 69; 8. Eliza Corral, NBYC, 74; 9. Galen Nourjian, BYC, 90; 10. Charles Menard, NBYC, 91; 11. Elizabeth Russo, BYC, 109; 12. Ben Frazier, NBYC, 121; 13. Liza Feeney, BYC, 123; 14. Harrison Gardner, NBYC, 153.

Jonnie Ciffolillo of the BYC took seventh place overall in the Opti Red, White and Blue championships with 60 points after eight races against 69 other experienced Opti sailors. She sailed in the Blue fleet with her highest finish a 4th place in the sixth race. Charlie Fairfax of the NBYC placed 15th sailing in the Red fleet, amassing 103 points including two 10th place finishes in the seventh and eighth races.

Drew Mastovsky of the BYC finished 18th, sailing in the Red fleet, with 116 points, including a ninth place finish in the sixth race. Peter Herlihy of the NBYC racing in the White fleet placed 26th with 167 points, including his highest finish of 12th place in the fifth race.

Camilla Murray of the NBYC, racing in the Blue fleet, finished 31st with 195 points including her highest finish of 11th in the second race. Will Fairfax of the NBYC finished 33rd sailing in the Blue fleet with 228 points, including highest finishes of 23rd in both the seventh and eighth races. Merle Durant of the NBYC, racing in the Red fleet, tied Fairfax with 228 points, finishing 34th with a high finish of 25th in the third race.

To get more information and complete NBJR race results, see http://www.nbyc.com/racing/nbjr and click 2017 Race Results.

Note: All results reported here are provisional and subject to change. Sea Notes will carry any updates in a future report.

BYC Tower Race set for Saturday

Ten yachts are currently registered in the Parker Converse Tower Race, hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion on Saturday. The 49th annual classic takes racers through both Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound and around the Buzzards Bay tower, with skippers and navigators aboard each boat deciding which way to sail — clockwise or counterclockwise. First gun goes off at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Converse Tower Race is one of several races included as qualifiers for the Buzzards Bay Trophy for PHRF racers this year. Registration closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Register at www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_club_events.php?CLUB_ID=1026# or contact the BYC for more information at (508) 748-0540.

Scheduled to race are (skipper, boat name. yacht club affiliation): Ron Wisner, Hotspur II, BYC; Ed Dailey, Wiley Wakeman, Raptor, BYC; Steve Dahill, Riva, BYC; Ryan Walsh, Next, New Bedford Yacht Club; Timothy Gollin, Scheggia, Holmes Hole; Butch Joy, Kindred Spirit, Mattapoisett Yacht Club; Peter Schwebach, Morpheus, MYC; Bob Warren, In Deep, MYC; William Veno, Waltzing Matilda, Red Brook Harbor; Allen Eddy, Kinsale, Plymouth Yacht Club.

Herlihy captures Corinthian J-109 championship

Block Island Race Week ended a couple of weeks ago with South Dartmouth’s Ted Herlihy and crew aboard his J-109 Gut Feeling taking the top spot in the Corinthian Teams division of the J-109 North American Championships. Gut Feeling captured one first place in Race 4 and finished no lower than ninth in eight races for a total of 38 points.

Brooke Mastrorio of Mattapoisett aboard URSA captured fifth place among 13 boats in the same division with a total of 91 points. Corinthian Team yachts include no professional sailors aboard, and crews are usually made up of friends and relatives of the skipper.

In the overall J-109 division, Gut Feeling placed fourth and URSA placed tenth, with 21 yachts competing, 13 of which held the Corinthian designation.

In PHRF Division 1, Doug Curtiss of the New Bedford Yacht Club aboard his J-111 Wicked 2.0 placed fifth out of 13 boats for the East Coast championship. Wicked took a total of 43 points over eight races, including two third place finishes.

Whalers Race results

The New Bedford Whalers Race, a 105-mile race that took place the last weekend in June, saw 15 sailboats race varying courses off Cuttyhunk, Noman’s Island, Block Island and the Buzzards Bay Tower.

Results are (division: position, skipper, boat name, corrected finishing time):

Multihulls: DNF, Don Watson, Swamp Fox, no time.

PHRF Racing: 1. Arthur Burke, Shindig-Simon, 16:39:15; 2. Steve Kylander, Dreamcatcher, 19:10:40; 3. Jeffrey Eberle, Cilista, 19:23:54; 4. Derek Hausladen, Nixie, 22:16:15.

PHRF Racing, short course: 1. Ryan Walsh, Next, 10:30:40; 2. Ben Sperry, Gentian, 11:07:03; 3. Jeffrey Adam, KAOS, 12:43:44; 4. Van Liew Brodsky, Odyssey, 13:01:56; 5. Peter Schwebach, Morpheus, 13:33:14; 6. Peter Van Colen, Cable Car, 13:37:48; 7. Tom Lanagan, Wampum, 14:02:53; 8. Nick Brachet, Dune Buggy, 14:10:18.

Cruising, short course: 1. John Pinheiro, Faial, 13:32:17. DNF, Brad Curtis, Cricket.

Edgartown races coming up

Edgartown Race Weekend is coming up July 20-22 with the Round-the-Island race scheduled for Saturday July 22, and the Round-the-Buoy races scheduled for Thursday July 20 and Friday July 21. See www.edgartownyc.org and click Racing and Edgartown Race Weekend for more information, or contact the EYC at 508-627-4364.

Barbara Veneri writes about boating and sailing for the Standard Times. Contact her at bveneri@hotmail.com