Bennetts Capture Their First North American Title

USWA Commodore, Jim Heffernan, presents the Henry Croce Trophy to Marc and Julie

(180625)  Marc Bennett and wife, Julie Seraphinoff, are the 2018 North American Wayfarer champions. In an abbreviated four-race series sailed in light to medium airs on Chesapeake Bay off Rock Hall, Maryland, June 16-17, Marc and Julie - of East Lansing, MI - dominated a ten-boat fleet that included most of our top-rated, active North American Wayfarers. At 1-3-1-1 Team Ras Green was comfortably ahead of Mike and Marg Duncan (2-1-2-5), Al Schonborn with Frank Goulay (4-4-3-2), and David and Anne Pugh (3-5-4-4) a trio of Canadian teams who placed 2-3-4 in the series. We shared the monohulls course with similar-sized fleets of Windmills and Comets. The latter were also sailing their class North Americans  while for the Windmills, it was their Mid-Atlantic Championships. More soon from Marg Duncan who is reporting on the event for the SKIMMER.

In Friday's Down-the-Chester-River Race, sailed in hot, light-to-medium, always-unpredicatble winds, the Pughs topped a gaggle of eight Wayfarers. In a very mixed fleet of 30 boats, the Pughs lost to only a pair of the high-performance A-Cats on straight time, while on corrected time, David and Anne ended up 2nd overall, behind a Sandpiper 655 that had placed 20th on straight time. More to come soon from Sarah Pedersen who crewed for Nick Seraphinoff along with daughter, Mila (15) and son, Erik (13) - see photo below.