This weekend the Pfrang family joined our core group to put eight boats on the line for four races in a mostly-light southerly.
Though new to the Sunfish, the Pfrangs definitely kicked the level of competition up several notches. Kaila, a recently-graduated All-NEISA (New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association) skipper at MIT, was just back from the Snipe nationals in San Diego. Kyle skippered the winning team at the 2021 Sears Cup (US junior four-handed championship) and has recently been competing at the top level of the ILCA (Laser) class. Leila had just posted a 14th at the Smythe Cup (US junior singlehanded championship). And, father Chris has been a fixture in 505s (a high-performance double-handed dinghy) for many years.
Several observers on shore later noted the tight racing. They weren’t wrong. We had a general recall at the start of our first race - well done, Tiernan, way to show folks the RC is on the job! No slack was cut on the starboard tack approaches to the weather mark, and with accomplished Laser sailors in our midst we saw aggressive luffing matches on the reaches and runs :-)
Scores attached -thanks again Jack! In the end while the Pfrang gang dominated, our HP regulars raged against the dying of the light and managed a top-three finish in all four races. Chris, Kaila, Kyle, Leila -- thank you! It was a privilege and pleasure to race with you - please come again soon!
Next Saturday morning’s races mark the end of the August series, and of competition for the Abercrombie & Fitch trophy for the overall 2022 season. The following Saturday (of Labor Day weekend) we will race for the Anderson trophy. We hope you can join us! http://bit.ly/hpycsunsign for a boat.