Friday, April 19, 2024


Cedar Point Yacht Club Completes OneDesign Regatta

Westort’s Cedar Point Yacht Club completed the 2015 OneDesign Regatta over the weekend, producing winners in the J/109, J/105, Beneteau First and Soverel 33 classes. Image
Revelation, skippered by George and Alex Wilbanks of Westport, came in second in a tiebreaker in the J/105 class. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Hank Sykes for

CPYC’s annual OneDesign event for the first time was presented in two parts: the May 30-31 weekend featured races for boats 26 feet and over, following races for J/70s and other sport boats under 26 feet on May 16-17. 

Bill Sweetser, skipper of the J/109 Rush, sailing from Annapolis, Md., won in the J/109 class and accepted the Rex Marine Trophy for Best Overall Performance in the Regatta.

Sailors from throughout the United States and overseas competed in the regatta – more than 40 boats and 300 sailors in the second weekend alone. 

CPYC’s Race Committee got in four races over the second weekend, working around slowly building breezes and a massive thunderstorm and torrential rains that closed in on Sunday. 

George and Alex Wilbanks of Westport finished second in the J/105 class, tying for first on points but just being edged on the tiebreak. 

Bob Zannetti of Weston came in 10th in the J/105s.  Rick Lyall of Wilton came in second in the J/109s, among 17 boats competing in the class. Alistair Duke of Wilton was third in the Beneteau First class, just ahead of Westport’s Peter Hurley, who finished fifth. 

Overall class winners were: J/109 – Bill Sweetser, Annapolis, Md.; Beneteau First – Lou Melillo, Atlantic Highlands, N.J.; J/105 – Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson, Larchmont, N.Y., and Soverel 33 – G. Mark McCarthy, Westbrook, Conn.

The regatta, one of the largest on Long Island Sound, is a joint effort by Cedar Point’s Cruising Class, Lightning, and J/70 racing fleets, and has become a national showcase for Westport sailboat racing. 

In the first part of the regatta, on May 16-17, local sailors did well in the popular, fast-growing J/70s.  Kerry Klingler of Norwalk was fifth, Richard and Stephanie Swann of Westport were 10th, Bill Walker and Allan Stern of Westport were 12th, and the all-family team of Charlie and Sarah Neagoy and their daughters Grace and Evelyn of Simsbury finished 18th.  Ched Proctor of Southport came in second in the Lightning class.

The 2015 regatta is presented by Quantum Sail Design, Fairfield County Bank, and McMichael Yacht Brokers.

For more information, full results, and IDs of the competitors, visit

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