Over 40 small sailboats competed in the “Paul Risseeuw Junior Sailing Regatta,” which was held in the waters off the Pettipaug Yacht Club on August 17. There was only one thing that made things difficult at the regatta, there was very little wind.
Even so there were winners in the three, slow, slow races. The four kinds of boats that were sailed in the regatta were: 420s, Optimists, Lasers, and Blue Jays. The winners by the boats, in which they sailed, are as follows.
420s – Winners: Libby Ryan and Megan Ryan of the Pettipaug Yacht Club.
White fleet: Nick Hughes of Guilford
Blue fleet: Chris Annino of Ram Island Yacht Club
Red fleet: Stewart Gurnell of the Wickford Yacht Club, Rhode Island
Lasers – Winner: Jack Hogan, Watch Hill Yacht Club, Rhode Island
Blue Jays – Winners: Ryan Shasha and Freddie Kerr of the Pettipaug Yacht Club
This annual race at the Pettipaug Yacht Club, the last of the races in sailing season, is named after Paul Risseeuw, who is the Director of the Pettipaug Sailing Academy, among a host of other activities at the club.