Day 1 Recap
By Bill Wagner
Bill Sweetser sported a broad smile as he stood in the stern of his boat that is berthed at Champlin’s Marina.
Sweetser could not have scripted a better start to Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week, presented by Margaritaville. Monday’s wind conditions fell into the sweet spot of the Annapolis entry and the crew responded with a superb performance.
Sweetser steered Rush to victory in all three races on the opening day of the regatta, taking early command of the J/109 class. Tactician Tom Babel made all the right calls while trimmers Brian Tyrrell (headsails), Mike Hobson (mainsail) and Bobby Brooks (offside) were on point.
“Sometimes you sail in conditions you feel very comfortable with and today certainly favored our boat and crew,” Sweetser said of the westerly winds that held relatively steady between 8 to 10 knots. “We just tend to do really well in light to moderate winds within the J/109 fleet. I know I drive better in those conditions.”
Wings accomplished the same feat in J/88 class with skipper Mike Bruno leading the Armonk, New York entry to straight bullets. Stuart Johnstone is calling tactics aboard Wings, which is coming off a class victory at Sperry Charleston Race Week.
Photo: Stephen R Cloutier