2010 Masters Atlantic Coast Championship Print
Friday, 10 September 2010 16:54

Two great reports on the points tug-o-war between regatta winner Scott Ferguson and Mark Mendelblatt.

The Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville, MA on Cape Cod did a terrific job to make us 34 Masters sailors feel welcome. There was more than sufficient food and refreshments in the morning and evening on both days. The race committee worked very hard and managed to give us 6 races, 3 each day, in very trying conditions. The sailors' skill and patience was tested by unpredictable wind shifts, strong tidal currents, and choppy waters in diminishing pressure. The course for every race was wwd-lwd twice around. Both days started out in an oscillating gradient northerly offshore wind of 10-12 mph which was slowly weakened over the course of the day by a developing sea breeze. The cloudless sky indicated that the sea breeze would not be very strong, and it took until 5 p.m. on Saturday for the onshore flow to start. By then, the third race had finished in a drifter, and the fleet was in tow back to the harbor. On Sunday, the sea breeze developed earlier, around 2:30 p.m., causing the second race to be shortened at the bottom of the second run. The new sea breeze never exceeded 4 mph but was enough to start and finish the third race of the day. New Apprentice Mark Mendelblatt came out of retirement and showed us that he hasn't lost touch yet. He was only defeated by the 5 handicap points he had to give to the always impressive Scott Ferguson. The results are attached.
-Peter Seidenberg

From the District 7 website:
Scott Ferguson wins Master's Atlantic Coast
 
The Wianno Yacht Club was host to the 2010 Master's Atlantic Coast Championship. Over two days 6 races were completed in mostly light and super shifty conditions. There were 30+ competitors including new Apprentice Master and former World and Olympic Laser sailor, Mark Mendelblatt.

Scott Ferguson, the master of getting a perfect line sight seemed to be off his game from the get go racking up three OCS's in the first three races and closing with a 4th OCS on the second day.  It was pretty stunning and somewhat humbling to watch him start 20+ boat lengths behind everyone and by leg two he would be right back in it, snaking his way through the pack. When asked how he does it he replied, 'Just connect the dots - sail to the puffs.' He also works hard on his boat handling as every tack and gybe is an opportunity to gain... surely, his incessant positive attitude doesn't hurt!

The top 3:
1. Scott Ferguson
2. Tim Landt
3. Mark Mendelblatt

Although Mark Mendelblatt won on raw score he had to give up points each race for being younger and in the tiebreaker between he and Tim Landt he had to give the win to the older Landt...Mark learned quickly that there are benefits to being the older guy in the Master's division!

Despite the light conditions, it was a gorgeous place to sail and the club provided plenty of food and wonderful prizes from Magic Marine.

Results