By Ian Mcneice and Geoff Verney
The Nantucket International One Design Fleet Association and the Nantucket Yacht Club hosted the IOD World Championship Regatta for the second time September 13-18. Jonathan Farrar of Fishers Island won his first World Championship, a title earned by his father eleven years ago. Team Zalee, as it was known, was named for Jonathan’s grandmother, Zalee Amato.
The crew consisted of Kevin Gillman, bow, Isabelle Kinsolving, tactician and 11 – time US Sailing team member and winner of the 2008 470 World Championship, Mike McNamara, jib and spinnaker trimmer, and Kevin Wypychoski, main sheet trimmer.
Farrar won three of the nine races never finishing worse than eleventh. Second place went to Martin Rygh of Norway, third place to John Henry of Northeast Harbor, Maine and Nantucket’s own Bobby Constable finished 4th, finding redemption in an improved record in the last races ending the regatta with a 4, 1, 3, 2.
Fourteen teams competed from around the country and from abroad including former World Champions Penny Simmons, eight time champion of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and Bill Widnall, nine and a half time champion representing the Eastern Yacht Club of Marblehead. A second team from Northeast Harbor was skippered by David Rockefeller. St. Mawes, England was represented by Mike Conlin. A second Norwegian team was skippered by Ludwig Daae. The Long Island Sound fleet was represented by Wells Bacon, Jr. whose father sailed with David Rockeffer. Jay Nadelson skipper for Chester, Nova Scotia. Richard Pierce was the San Francisco skipper. Lars Ristorp skippered for Sweden and Peter McCausland, NIODFA Founder sailed the second boat for Nantucket.
It was a great week of racing. Monday racing was called off due to high winds out of the North and a step four foot chop. While it was a disappointing decision for the competitors, it was a smart decision by PRO, Eric Robbins, who with his able Race Committee of 16 souls managed this event as well or better than any IOD World Championship in memory according to many of our competitors. The decision saved the boats and crews for what was a perfect week of racing in lighter than normal Nantucket wind conditions.
On Tuesday the previous day’s conditions had moderated to 10 -12 Knots with a somewhat reduced sea state but still making it difficult to sail the boats. A full schedule of three races for the day were completed just before sunset. Wednesday saw a much lighter breeze of 5-6 knots from the SW with flat seas but only one race was completed before the wind died completely, necessitating the boats being towed back to their moorings.
Thursday dawned sunny with a 6-11 knot SW breeze forecast to hold for the whole day allowing three more races to be completed. This left just two races for Friday. In similar conditions, Jonathan Farrar won his third race of the Championship which allowed him to skip the final race as he had an insurmountable lead. The final race was fittingly won by Martin Rygh to bookend his regatta with wins.
In addition to the first place trophies, the Bjarne Aas Trophy awarded to the winner and the William E. John Trophy awarded to the winner’s yacht club, the second and third place trophies, the Allegra Trophy and Edinburgh Bowl respectfully, were also presented. These are class perpetual trophies. A special award was given for outstanding crew work during the regatta in memory of Priscillla Kehm. Roy Weedon of the NIODFA received the award for his crew work on Ludwig Daae’s Norwegian entry.
The Nantucket Yacht Club and the NIODFA should take justifiable pride in having executed a regatta of the highest quality. Some competitors said that the Worlds should be held on Nantucket every year. The quality of the race management and the hospitality offered by host families and the Club was superior. The parties hosted by the McCausland’s and Crosby’s were of the finest order and will be forever remembered by the World IOD Class. It is this is kind of sailing event many associations and yacht clubs aspire to achieve. It is gratifying to know that we have created such a very high standard for regatta management and hospitality.