2018 Winners of National Hospice Regatta Championship
Meet the New Champions…Same as the Old Champions
They raced for hospice care!
Skipper Tom Doran of New York (right) accepts the first-place trophy with his crew (from left): Pete Williams, Jill Gutelius, John Baker and Joy Martin. Marcy Lake, who sailed is not pictured. (Photo by Chuck Dolinskas)
Three days of J/24 racing, no two in the same boats — or the same conditions.
Every boat fresh from a regional one- design regatta, tuned for racing.Winds light, or gusting close to 20 on Lake Ontario. Out of the west, or the northeast. Lots of chop, or none.
In the end, the result was not surprising. Tom Doran of Oswego Yacht Club and his crew recorded bullet after bullet on the score sheet. They retained the Virginia Brown Inspiration Trophy as repeat winners of the Championship.
The team representing Plattsburgh, NY, rallied on Sunday to finish second. Third place was claimed by Chuck Sheets and his crew from Havre de Grace, MD.
What made this Championship special? The very competitive fleet of boats loaned by members of J/24 District 7, raced by skippers and crews guided by an adept race committee that attended to every wind shift.
As challenging as conditions were on the water, the activities onshore were equally delightful, thanks to the tirless efforts of dozens of volunteers from host Oswego Yacht Club.
“The National Hospice Regatta Alliance has been incredibly fortunate to have Oswego Yacht Club as our host for the last two Championships,” said Mark LeNeave, Alliance president.
“We are very grateful to co-chairs John Gary and Dan Mather and everyone else at OYC who worked so hard to assure two great regattas,” he added.
Championship 2018 also succeeded in generating much-needed revenue for the local Friends of Oswego County Hospice as well as for the Alliance.
2017 Harbor Hospice Regatta Winner, Bill Newman-Aftershock sailboat had won and qualified for the National Hospice Regatta but was unable to race.
2018 Harbor Hospice Regatta Winner, Bill Hoyer-Mystic sailboat is qualified to compete in the next National Hospice Regatta in 2019.