APS sponsors over 200 regattas a year. Why do we do this? Because we’re all about sailing and want to show we care. Last weekend, Annapolis was host again to the V-15 Mid Atlantics. Here, the fleet president Nick Muzia gives us a recap of the event. Notice that APS’s very own Bryn Bachman (yes – make the connection, she is the artist credited with the APS storefront painting gracing the 2011 catalog cover!) made top 5 crewing with the author of this blog entry…
2011 Vanguard 15 Mid Atlantic Championships are annually hosted by the Severn Sailing Association. This year brought warm weather and light breezes. Only 5 races were able to be completed in the 4-7kt SE breeze on Saturday, and despite promising forecasts for Sunday, the Chesapeake Bay let us know how unpredictable it can be. However, this did not stop the 15 boats from having a good competitive regatta. The regatta was won by Jack Field and Brooke Dow (pictured on the right) with a convincing 8 points in 5 races. The remainder of the fleet was left to fight for the Top 5 spots.
1 Jack Field/ Brooke Dow 1 3 1 1 2 8
2 Scott Gelo/ Jen Bickford 6 2 3 2 3 16
3 Madeline Gill/ Sarah Hamm 2 1 7 4 4 18
4 Nick Muzia/ Bryn Bachman 3 7 5 7 1 23
5 Rob Kotler/ Grant Beach 4 5 6 6 5 26
The local SSA fleet came out with strong participation and an apparent resurgence in the Vanguard 15 fleet here in Annapolis; 12 of the 15 boats were sailed by local fleet members. The Regatta included great food provided by Dark n’ Stormy’s, and everyone was welcomed by sunny mornings and jams playing from the V15 lot at SSA.
The 2011 Mid-Atlantics were sponsored by APS – Annapolis Performance Sailing, Sailing World Magazine, and Spinsheet’s Chesapeake Sailing. There was plenty of cool swag and gift cards to go around thanks to the amazing sponsors. Interested in Vanguard 15 sailing in Annapolis? Contact: Nick Muzia, V15@severnsailing.org
The Vanguard 15 fleet sails every Tuesday evening from 6pm until sundown. Racing is free, just bring a boat. For more information, hop on over to Sever Sailing Association Vanguard 15 page
Nick, thank you for the recap – and Congratulations on a successful event. Hopefully, participation will continue on the upswing for next year…