On Tuesday, July 22, 88 enthusiastic optimist sailors and their coaches, friends and parents visited the Fishers Island Yacht Club for a day of competition and fun. Participants came from various clubs from the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association, including Ram Island, Masons Island, Watch Hill, Stonington Harbor, Wadawanuck, Groton Long Point, and more. Eleven sailors from the Fishers Island Junior Sailing Program came out to race, providing leadership and setting the example for visiting clubs.
Conditions were perfect, allowing the race committee to run six quality races on the Red, White and Blue (advanced racers) course. On the green fleet course, sailors got in four races before returning to shore for a bubble gum boat building competition and a heated capture the flag game. In the end, Fishers Island took home several awards. Ziggy Bereday was second in white fleet, Frank Kinlin took second in Blue Fleet, and Thomas Walker was first overall in the 46 boat fleet. Congratulations to all of the Fishers Island sailors who sailed! For a complete list of results, please check here:Fishers Island Opti Regatta Results 2014
An expert crew of volunteers led by Fishers Island instructors, Jessica Thiel and Meg and Thad Bereday helped assure that the day ran smoothly, from registration, to lunch distribution, to awards set up, scoring and more. Special thanks to Daphne Ball, Lily Rutherfurd Kinlin, and Melissa Thors for their patience and kindness during the registration process, and to Isabelle and Jonathan Farrar for their scoring and mark moving prowess.