Annual Mystic Lake Open – New England Championship

Mystic Lake, MA

Medford Boat Club –  September 14-15, 2019

Report by Martin Fraser

Another fun weekend on the Mystic! Great weather and equally great sailors made this, the 45thannual Mystic Lake Open a weekend to remember. 23 boats were treated to winds in the mid teens with gusts to keep them on their toes on Saturday. The Southerly is a great direction for this compact venue, affording them a ½ mile beat and Race committee gave them every bit of that. Wind strength dictated triangle courses and 2 races were run with the team of Jim Bowers and Julia Rabin and team Rousmaniere swapping the 1stand 3rdpositions with second taken by Mariel Marchand/Linda Epstein in one and by Team Macrae in the other. After that workout the snipers got a welcome lunch break on shore. The club dock is about 150 yds from the finish and hungry sailors were promptly greeted with a fine sandwich bar, and some darkening clouds! The last of the crew had just made their lunch when a front deluged the lake. Lasting only 30 min or, the sudden squall didn’t put a damper on spirits – it was over quickly and the RC blew a gun and we all headed out – the southerly wind returned, only slightly abated, post storm and 2 more races (W/L this time) were run. Bowers took BOTH 3 and 4 with recent Star champion Steve Braverman and Crew Audrey Hetherington second in one and team Macrae in the other.

After derigging for the evening, a feast of appetizers and a cold flowing keg occupied the sailors while they swapped stories about the day’s experience, and waited for the Thai food dinner. Following the great meal, we all turned out to the Bocci courts for the traditional Kill-the-Keg Bocci tournament. This hard fought event is always a highlight, and the victor, besting 17 other teams, was the team of Kelly Rousmaniere and Andrew Goldfarb, Nice rolling!

Day 2 and brilliant sunshine, 80 degrees and winds of 8-10 – PERFECT ;). Sundays wind was a westerly, however, very challenging owing to the short course and hills to our west – read: shifty with very ‘interesting’ mark roundings! The first race was the craziest with huge shifts which mixed the fleet up considerably. Snipe rookie Bobby Martin with Liz Glivinski figured it out and won, with old friends, team Levinson in second. (6 months sailing the western Atlantic earlier this year on their Beneteau 43 hasn’t dulled their tactical skills!). The next 2 races were no easier and fleet positions were exchanged liberally on every leg.

Going into the last race, there was a tie between Bowers/Rabin and Art/Jen R – not coincidentally the top 2 finishers at Nationals, held on this venue in ’17! Team Macrae was just 3 back and all in the hunt, but in the last race, as he has over a dozen times in this event, Jim Bowers pulled it out with a bullet. The Macrae’s were 3rd, to cap off a remarkably consistent series – they discarded a 4th!

Many thanks were offered to RC Ed Toomey and crew for officiating under tough conditions, and especially to Suzette Fraser who saw to every detail and made the event a rousing success. Here’s to 45 more!

Martin Fraser

2019 Mystic Lake Open / New England Championship

Skipper Crew Sail Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Total Place
Jim Bowers Julia Rabin 31171 1 3 1 1 7 (12) 1 14 1
Art Rousmaniere Jenn Rousmaniere 29498 3 1 3 (7) 5 1 5 18 2
John Macrae Myrna Macrae 29727 4 2 4 2 4 (4) 3 19 3
Mariel Marchand Linda Epstein 30526 2 5 7 (14) 9 3 4 30 4
Steve Braverman Audrey Hetherington 304221 5 8 2 9 (11) 5 2 31 5
Bobby Martin Liz Glivinski 30903 9 10 (10) 6 1 6 9 41 6
Joel Zackin Ben Zackin 31566 7 4 9 13 3 (15) 6 42 7
Harry Levinson Sarah Levinson 29842 12 6 6 10 2 13 (16) 49 8
Patrick Dorothy Waskow 27733 10 (15) 8 11 6 2 12 49 9
John Tagliamonte Ann Walt Tagliamonte 31013 11 14 5 3 10 (17) 7 50 10
Cam Fraser Charles Nutter 30003 (14) 9 12 5 8 7 10 51 11
Bob Coyle Jackie Farnsworth 28542 6 7 11 8 13 (18) 14 59 12
Ted Keenan Devin Hart 29955 8 13 17 4 (20) 9 13 64 13
Sue Lodico Jan Tabor 28442 15 12 13 15 16 11 (19) 82 14
Martin Fraser Nathan Manzione 30999 13 11 14 12 18 (21) 17 85 15
Ray Schmidt Margaret Lawrence 31204 21 16 15 19 15 14 (21) 100 16
Kelly Rousmaniere Andrew Golfarb 29499 16 17 18 16 22 (22) 15 104 17
Venkat Chalasini Adrian Chalasini 29008 (21) 20 16 17 14 19 18 104 18
David Reynolds 28050 24 24 24 (24) 12 10 11 105 19
Ben Braverman Kelly Buban 30422 18 19 20 20 21 8 (23) 106 20
Nathan Cunningham Greg McGinnis 25412 17 18 19 18 19 20 (20) 111 21
Art Cunningham Nadine 27999 24 24 24 (24) 17 16 8 113 22
Peter Bronk 29972 24 24 24 (24) 23 23 22 140 23

 

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