May 24, 2019

Local Sailor Wins New England Model Sailboat Fall Regatta in Deep River

From left to right: Will James, Ron Rhault, Brian Kerrigan, Renny Schoonmaker, and Jon Pelley.

From left to right: Will James, Ron Rhault, Brian Kerrigan (Essex), Renny Schoonmaker, and Jon Pelley.

Model sailing enthusiasts for all over New England converged at Plattwood Park Pond in Deep River this past Sunday to compete for the five awards  for winning this prestigious event. The event was hosted by the Dry Pants Model Yacht Club( DPMYC) based in Deep River and well-known in sailing circles throughout the United States.

The boats that were sailed were the CR-914s , a one-design national class of racing sailboat. The designs reflect the same lines of many well-known Americas Cup boats. Their length is 36 inches.

Sailing conditions were anything but normal. High winds due to the offshore location of Hurricane Joaquin forced a one-day postponement and , even then, the waters of the pond reflected 20 mph (gusts to 30) wind  swirling in many directions. These conditions were extremely challenging for both skippers and their boats. A lot of close calls took place in terms of boat contact. Simply put, it was not a sailing day for those expecting or wanting “normal” sailing conditions.

After 17 races, five sailors emerged as the best of the best. The overall winner was Brian Kerrigan of Essex, Ct.  He was followed (in order of finish) by Will James (Marblehead, MA), Ron Rhault (Mansfield , Ct), Renny Schoonmaker (Essex, Ct) and Jon Pelly (Griswold ,Ct).

Spectators were amazed these boats were able to handle the winds we had. For information on model sailing in the readership area, contact Jim Godsman@860-767-5052.