Local sailors finish season strong

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The Narragansett Bay Yachting Association (NBYA) wrapped up their junior sailing season with last week's Junior Race Week, held from Monday, August 12 through Wednesday, August 14 out of Sail Newport.

Competing were Optimist, Club 420 and Laser Radial sailors. First-year Optimist racers (the Green fleet) and age-ranked (Red, White and Blue fleet) sailed on separate courses just off the shore of Fort Adams, while the Club 420 and Laser Radial sailors alternated starts on courses set just north of the Pell Bridge.

A late start on Monday followed by steady rain Tuesday forced most of the action to Wednesday, which obliged with strong winds all day. The wind (and chop) proved to be a bit much for many Opti Green-fleeters, and the race committee brought them in shortly after noon. RWB Optis, Club 420's, and Laser Radials stayed out for what proved to be an action-packed afternoon of stiff breeze and stiffer competition, followed by a barbecue, carnival games and awards on the beach at Sail Newport.

East Bay sailors were underrepresented in the Optimist RWB winner's circle (though they boast a very strong "bench" with a large number of Green fleet sailors.) Those classes were dominated by sailors from the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Brenton Cove (Sail Newport) programs.

East Bay sailors did turn in strong performances in the Club 420 and Laser Radial classes, with Teddy Bjerregaard of Bristol and Aidan Scanlon of Warren taking second place in the Club 420 (D1) fleet; while Preston Duclos of Westport and Bret Milot of Bristol finished second and third in the Laser Radial competition.

Recognition was also given to sailors for their overall performance during the NBYA season. Preston Duclos finished second overall in Laser Radials, while Tom Harden of Bristol finished third overall in Club 420 (D1) with a split crew of Cecily Adler of Providence and Nick Nadalin of Bristol; Nainoa Nathanson of Bristol finished first in Club 420 (D2) with a split crew of Marissa Bamonte of Tiverton and Kate Bjerregaard of Warren; and Ray Mangiarotti of Barrington and Hannah Kinder of Portsmouth finished third overall in Club 420 (D2).

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