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Aug 13, 2019 11:26 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Devon Yacht Club Hosts PGJSA Qualifier

Junior sailors gather for the skipper's meeting prior to the Devon Invitational on August 7. DREW BUDD
Aug 13, 2019 2:51 PM

Dark, gloomy morning clouds eventually lifted and nearly 100 junior sailors enjoyed solid conditions for the Devon Invitational, a Peconic Gardiners Junior Sailing Association qualifier, at Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett on August 7.

Thankfully, a storm cell stayed just to the south of Napeague Bay, and while there were a few sprinkles during the skippers’ meeting in the late morning and during course setup, it didn’t have an adverse effect on the jam-packed day of racing. The PGJSA set up four different courses on the bay to coincide with the different classes that were on hand: optimists, sunfish, lasers and 420s. Most classes got five races in while the optis were able to get in six.

Old Cove Yacht Club in New Suffolk was fully represented in the opti class. Their young sailors won two of the three divisions, and in the top blue division, they swept the first four placements and seven of the top 10. Gabriel Jarry-de Faymoreau, who splits his time between Old Cove and Club de Voile de Saint Quentin in Trappes, France, scored the low of 19, while Phoebe Fogarty and Jackson Suter tied for second place with 26 points. Anna Finora placed third with 31 points.

Julian Dahiya of Old Cove dominated the red opti division, winning four of the six races, finishing with eight points. Paul Haefliger of Shinnecock Yacht Club in Quogue placed second with 33 points, while Kevin Young of Southold Yacht Club placed third with 77 points.

Shelter Island Yacht Club was well represented in the white opti fleet, with three of the top three sailors all hailing from the club. Anders Siewert won the division with 76 points, while Matteo Ammirati tied Orient Yacht Club’s Eli Shainker for second with 112 points. Molly Siewert placed third with 123 points. Races weren’t recorded for the green optis, the youngest, rawest sailors, but there were 16 boats for the fleet, showing that there are many promising young sailors coming up.

Conor O’Driscoll of Old Cove won the sunfish single class with seven points. He was followed by a pair of Southold sailors, Patrick McKeever, who placed second with 11 points, and John Condon, who placed third with 17 points. The sunfish double class was made up of all host Devon Yacht Club sailors. Michael Clifford-Levy and crew won all five races. Scarlett Wiedenmayer and crew placed second with 19 points while Connor Shilson and Cole Hadden placed third with 22.

Robert Finora of Old Cove won the laser 4.7 races with 14 points. Billy Burton of Southold placed second with 22 points and Patrick O’Driscoll, also of Old Cove, placed third with 25 points. Tyler Meadows of Southampton Yacht Club won the laser radial division with nine points. Ben Honig of Old Cove and Will Stork of Southampton tied for second place; each had 11 points. Richard “Micky” Kalich of Mattituck placed third with 20 points.

The 420 class was one of the most competitive of the day with just mere points separating the top three placements. Cuatro Villareal and Margot Gordon of Orient Yacht Club won with nine points while their Orient mates, A.C. Manning and Sophie Josephson, finished just three points behind them for second place. Amelia Neumann and Charlotte Keil of Old Cove placed third with 15 points.

For a full list of results, go to pgjsa.org.

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