July 6, 2020

2011 Essex Rum Challenge Regatta Delivers Strong Winds and Competition

2011 Essex Rum Challenge Regatta (photo courtesy of Matt Myers).

Essex, CT– On Saturday, July 30, the waters of Long Island Sound off Saybrook Point was the setting for Essex Yacht Club’s annual Essex Rum Challenge Regatta sponsored by Gosling’s Rum.  Under a bright sun and strong winds, 35 boats competed in this Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association sanctioned event that included both Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker classes with Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) divisions for each

Place finishers for the individual classes and divisions were Spinnaker Class 1: first place won by SECRET, owned by Bruce Kuryla, second place won by DRAGONFLY, owned by Skip Young, and third place won by SNOW BIRD, owned by Paul von Maffei;  Spinnaker Class 2: first place won by WOLVERINE, owned by Dave Nauber, second place won by SLAINTE, owned by Mark McCarthy, and third place won by SCORPION owned by Larry Hennessey; Cruising Class 3, first place won by HOT FUDGE, owned by Richard Glussman, second place won by ARIRANG, owned by Craig Schrauf, and third place won by NUNNEHI, owned by Mark Dixon;  Cruising Class 4, first place won by MENTOR, owned by Mark Kondracky, second place won by ANYWAY, owned by MJ Lewandowski, and third place won by CELEBRATION, owned by Jeff Going.

Known for competitive racing and serious post-event festivities for the past two decades, the Essex Rum Challenge has become a centerpiece of Long Island Sound summer regattas, attracting large fleets of participants from the tri-state area and beyond, and is one of five qualifying races for the Long Sand Shoal Cup.  For more information and official race results, go to www.essexyc.com.