Fishers Island Yacht Club hosts IOD Worlds 2022

by Jane Ahrens
2022 IOD Worlds Storm Approaching. Photo Credit: Marnie Franklin

The IOD World Championship was sailed in Fishers Island waters this year. Fishers Island Yacht Club hosted 16 teams from 5 countries as they raced in the most competitive championship fleet in years. This regatta hosted 5 past World Champions plus the Defending Champion who hails from Northeast Harbor in Maine.

The boats included 3 lent from Marblehead to make up 12 boats racing. This is how it works – During each race 4 teams have a bye. After every race, the teams with a bye get into a racing boat from the “change boats”, the replaced team moves to a new boat and eventually the last team remains in the “change boat” as they observe the next race with a bye. FIYC members assisted by driving the change boats, inflatable boats lent to the regatta by club members. It is a tradition in the IOD class to change their racing boats after every race since the goal is to determine who is the best skipper, not who has the best boat!

The race committee planned 16 races from Sunday, Sept. 18 through Friday, Sept. 23. Racing generally begins at 10 each morning, weather dependent, and continues through late afternoon. Spectators watched from boats or from the shore. Racing took place at the mouth of West Harbor and good viewing was possible from the closed road around the Three Sisters.

Bill Reed
FIYC IOD Worlds 2022 Event Chair

Click WORLDS RETROSPECTIVE for a few words of thanks and a recap from our Event Chair Bill Reed

Skipper Jonathan Farrar, Isabelle Farrar, Mike McNamara, Kevin Gillman, and Lincoln White, representing Fishers Island Yacht Club, defeated a deep fleet of past World Champions and speedy newcomers to claim the title of 2022 International One Design World Champions. This is their fourth IOD World Championship as a team.

Second Place went to Skipper Peter Wickwire, Matthew Christie, Devan Dube, Dan MacMillan, Holly MacMillan, and Emily Merry, representing Chester, Nova Scotia. Third Place went to Skipper John Burnham, Beth Scholle, Jennifer Parsons, Oliver Parsons, and Bob Hunte of Fishers Island. Skipper Sofie Dowling of Northeast Harbor, Maine, with crew Connor Ratcliff, Lucas Ingebritson, Alec Fisichella, and Sean Beaulieu, took 4th place. Rounding out the Top 5 was Team Sweden, skippered by Hans Johansson.


Bjarne Aas Perpetual Trophy (1st Place): Skipper Jonathan Farrar, Isabelle Farrar, Mike McNamara, Kevin Gillman, and Lincoln White (FISHERS ISLAND 2)

Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy (2nd Place): Skipper Peter Wickwire, Matthew Christie, Devan Dube, Dan MacMillan, Holly MacMillan, and Emily Merry (CHESTER)

Edinburgh Bowl (3rd Place): Skipper John Burnham, Beth Scholle, Jennifer Parsons, Oliver Parsons, and Rob Hunte (FISHERS ISLAND 1)

Priscilla Kehm Prize (Outstanding New Team): Skipper Sofie Dowling, Connor Ratcliff, Lucas Ingebritson, Alec Fisichella, and Sean Beaulieu (NORTHEAST HARBOR)

PlaceSkipper / Co-SkipperFleetScore
1Jonathan FarrarFIS2, Fishers Island9
2Peter WickwireCHE, Chester, Nova Scotia13.4
3John BurnhamFIS3, Fishers Island17
4Sofie DowlingNEH2, Northeast Harbor, ME18
5Hans JohanssonSWE1, Sweden21.8
6Charlie Van VoorhisFIS1, Fishers Island23
6Patrick CooperBER, Bermuda23
8Elliott WislarLIS, Long Island Sound, NY24
9Roy WeedonNAN1, Nantucket, MA24.4
10Peter IllNEH1, Northeast Harbor, ME25
11Thomas Fremont-SmithDefender, Northeast Harbor, ME29
12Björn WahlströmSWE2, Sweden38
13Bill Widnall / Charles RichterMHD1, Marblehead, MA39
14Greg Mancusi-UngaroMHD2, Marblehead, MA45
15Leif SkorgeNOR, Norway51
16Ridgie Sower /Jonas EveretsNAN2, Nantucket, MA51.6


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Please check back as photos are added to this Gallery.
Thank you to the photographers including Steve Head and Marnie Franklin!


IOD World Championship
Standings After 4 Races
Monday, September 19
A reminder: There are 16 teams rotating through 12 boats. Ideally, every team will sail each boat once. In order to do this, every 4 races, each team has a bye. Today, a dying breeze in the morning gave way to a healthy system in the afternoon. However, the line of thunderstorms coming up from New Jersey sucked the air out of the system and only one race was held today. However, it was enough to give us our first official standings!

IOD World Championship Standings After 4 Races, Monday, September 19, 2022

1Farrar, JonathanFIS27Fishers Island
2Burnham, JohnFIS310Fishers Island
3Johansson, HSWE112Sweden
3Van Voorhis, CharlieFIS112Fishers Island
5Ill, PeterNEH114Northeast Harbor, ME
6Wickwire, PeterCHE15Chester, Nova Scotia
6Dowling, SofieNEH215Northeast Harbor, ME
6Weedon, RoyNAN115Nantucket, MA
9Cooper, PatrickBER18Bermuda
10Freemont-Smith, TomDefender20Northeast Harbor, ME
11Wislar, ELIS21Long Island Sound, NY
12Wahlstrom, BjörnSWE223Sweden
13Widnall/RichterMHD127Marblehead, MA
14Mancusi-Ungaro, GregMHD229Marblehead, MA
15Skorge, LeifNOR33Norway
15Sower/EveretNAN233Nantucket, MA

IOD World Championship
Standings After 8 Races
completed Tuesday, September 20, 2022

While the weather is unpredictable, the caliber of the racing continues to be world-class. Lots of challenges for the teams with a really unsettled and frankly downright weird weather system moving in over days 2 & 3. Monday, after a lengthy postponement to wait for the breeze to settle, came in with a vengeance. However, after just one race, it died out again. On Tuesday, three races were sailed, but again, the shifts kept everyone guessing from leg to leg. Currently, on Wednesday, we are waiting again for the breeze to fill in.

Regatta Chairman Bill Reed addressed the assembled sailors on the Clubhouse lawn this morning. He sees two more days of racing: Wednesday and Thursday, hopefully getting 4 races off each day. Due to the boat rotation, races need to be completed in sets of four in order for the results to count. Friday is looking like seriously heavy weather (30+ knot winds), and racing is not anticipated that day.

Fishers Island’s Team Zallee is currently in 1st Place, Team Norwegian Wood is in 3rd, and Team Jester is in 6th. Good luck to all the competitors.

IOD World Championship
Race 10 Abandoned due to severe weather
Rain, wind, waves
Thursday, September 22, 2022
The Race for today has been cancelled due to the weather. The crews all came in after starting a race this morning where they had already gone around one time and had started around toward the windward mark the 2nd time when the race committee called the race due to lightning strikes in the area and moving towards the racers.

Brush up on your International One Design history and brief summary of the regatta. Jonathan Farrar, IOD Fleet Captain, contributes to IODs Fly Again at Fishers: Prelude to the 2022 Worlds by Tom Darling in the September edition of Wind Check magazine.

Featured Photo

USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay. Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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