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Aug 6, 2019 2:39 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton Yacht Squadron Hosts Bevy Of GSBYRA Races Over Weekend

Kirstin Naase blows a kiss as Dave Kisla, left, and Ed Surgan look on. DREW BUDD
Aug 6, 2019 4:06 PM

The Westhampton Yacht Squadron in Remsenburg had a loaded weekend of Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association sailing.

The action started on Friday with the GSBYRA Junior Regatta, followed by the GSBYRA Fenner Cup on Saturday, the GSBYRA Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, and finally the Midget Championships on Monday. The Morgan Cup, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, was postponed to this Saturday, August 10.

The junior regatta on Friday got in six races and was separated into five different divisions: an optimist green fleet, optimist, 420, laser radial, and sunfish. Ryan Cameron of Sayville Yacht Club won the opti green races with a low of seven points, followed by James Ostensen of Westhampton Yacht Squadron (11) and Keelyn Brink of Babylon Yacht Club (16). Brendan Cameron of Sayville Yacht Club won the opti division with a low of five points. Maeve Sisk and Spyridon Meares, both of Bellport Bay, placed second and third with nine and 18 points, respectively.

Lilly Jette and Isabella Seminario of Babylon Yacht Club won the 420 division with six points, followed by Connor and Aidan Cameron (13) and Terrance Byrnes and Barrett Lessing (18), both of Sayville. Sayville’s Erin O’Donnell beat out Westhampton’s Griffin Fluehr, 6-8, to win the laser radial races. Joseph Beitch of Wet Pants Sailing Association in Sayville won the sunfish division with five points, beating out Rebecca Runyan of Moriches Bay Yacht Club by six points. Kai Kromhourt, also of Moriches Bay, placed third with 13 points.

The attention turned to the GSBYRA Men’s Adult Championships on Saturday where the captain of each boat had to be male — the Morgan Cup is competed by women skipper’s — and sailed in a Flying Scot. Alex Wilcenski with his crew of Ava Dawydiak and Clare Guarascio, and Mike DiSario and his crew of Jen Bigora and Nick Purpura, both finished with nine points on the day, but, a protest earlier in the day dropped DiSario and crew to second place, allowing Wilcenski and crew to take home the Fenner Trophy. Hampton Smith along with Pina Britton and Steve Keller placed third with 13 points, followed by Dave Kisla with Kirstin Naase and Ed Surgan (15). Mac Fluehr with Cole Fluehr and Nick Borusso, Wally Dawydiak and Danny Strebel and Matt Lenihan and John Zambriski and Kia Olsson and Jessie Stoller all tied for fifth place with 17 points.

A smaller sunfish race was competed directly in front of Westhampton Yacht Squadron on Saturday. Sundy Schermeyer won those races followed by Suzanne Hulme, Janet Jurgielewicz and Cynthia Roney.

Brendan Cameron returned to Remsenburg on Monday to win the Midget Singlehanded Championships and take home the Orr Trophy. Competing in his red opti, Cameron finished with a five-race low of four points. Maeve Sisk placed second with eight points and Izadora Meares of Bellport Bay placed third with 12 points.

The Midget Doublehanded Championships competed in 420s was won by Aidan and Connor Cameron of Sayville with four points. Terrance Byrnes and Kyle Malone of Sayville placed second with eight points and Jack Schultz and Arden Fluehr placed third with 12 points.

Westhampton Yacht Squadron will be hosting the GSBYRA Mid-Atlantic Midget Championships on August 17 and 18.

SS Compete For Horton

The SS Class Association held its Horton Trophy races on Saturday at Shinnecock Yacht Club in Quogue. James and Ellen Sanders took home the trophy with a low of three points. Bob Murray and Jock McLean placed second with seven points, followed by Bryan and Denise Dalmasse (10 points) and Rob Dudley and Jim Ewing (12).

Next up for the SS Class is the Dudley Trophy races on Saturday, August 24.

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