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Jul 22, 2019 10:54 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Luke Hickling, Canute Dalmasse Win SS Class Association Championships

Bob Hadden and George Sandberg of Moriches Bay Yacht Club. DREW BUDD
Jul 23, 2019 10:53 AM

While towing their boats to Westhampton Yacht Squadron in Remsenburg to compete in the SS Class Association Championships on Saturday, sailors from Shinnecock Yacht Club in Quogue spotted, reported and photographed the large shark that appeared on the western side of Shinnecock Bay, which grabbed local and regional headlines.

It was the start of what became an exciting day on the water as six classic gaff-rigged wooden sloops of the 110-year-old SS Class hailing from Shinnecock Yacht Club in Quogue to Moriches Bay Yacht Club came together to compete in the SS Class Association Championships.

With the help of a brisk southwest breeze blowing near 15 knots, Luke Hickling and Canute Dalmasse in the newly restored SS 153 won the three-race series, taking home both the Atwater Trophy for winning the first race of the day and the “three-handled mug” trophy for winning it all. The Atwater Trophy is named after John Atwater, who won the first championship races in 1909.

Rob Dudley and Jim Ewing placed second while John Sartorius and Helen Horton placed third. Ian and Abby Connett placed fourth, Bob Hadden and George Sandberg placed fifth and Chris Dalmasse and his grandson, Grady Walker, placed sixth.

Next up on the SS Class Association’s schedule is the Annetta Horton Trophy races, which will be held at the Shinnecock Yacht Club on Saturday, August 3. The skippers meeting will be at noon with racing starting promptly at 1 p.m.

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