Port & Starboard Yacht Club

Regatta 2007

Home Course Crew Log

Smallest yacht in the field wins ’Port & Starboard Regatta

With a good clip of wind behind all three entrants, the Annual
’Port & Starboard Yacht Club Regatta was held on August 11th, 2007.
Sailing out of Bucks Harbor, Machias Bay, the smallest yacht
 of the bunch named “Who” and owned by Stephen and Starr Woolsey
 of Machiasport was the winner.

With a crew of two, Steve Woolsey and his crewman, Jim Sherman
of Machiasport, finished the approximate 10 mile course in an impressive
2 hours and 47 minutes (corrected by a one hour 35 minute handicap) in
their 18 foot Cape Cod Catboat “Who”. A extremely well executed navigation
strategy that minimized come abouts and tacks to reach each of two
 of the race markers and cross the finish line made the difference for the
 crew of the “Who”. The boat was built in 1972 by Nowak & Williams.

In second place was “Lola”, a Passport 40 Sloop built in Taiwan in 1985 and
 owned by John and Judy Bielecki of Machiasport and Belgrade, Maine. 
Captain John Bielecki was supported by crew Harper Dean of
East Machias and Joe Transue of Bucks Harbor and Newport, Rhode Island.
 Lola crossed the finish line in 2 hours and 27 minutes with no handicap as
 it was the largest boat in the race.
Crossing the finish line in third place on corrected time was Alan Lewis
 of Jonesport sailing “Sparrow”.  Sparrow is an Island Packet 27 Cutter built in
1988 by Island  Packet Yachts at an overall length of 30 foot long. 
Alan’s crew was Michael Leonard of Machias.  Sparrow crossed the finish line
 in 3 hours and 9 minutes (with a 35 minute handicap).

Dana Urquhart of Jonesboro served as Race Commodore and ran
 the Committee Boat, with Chris Urquhart of Bangor assisting with Flags
 and Virginia Transue of Bucks Harbor aboard. Timekeeper and on the
 Race Committee was Bill Transue Jr. of Bucks Harbor.

’Port & Starboard Yacht Club has held its annual race, now known as
 the Commander Wally Kurz Memorial Regatta, since 1967. Boats are assigned
 competitive handicaps by the Race Committee before the start. The boat that
 finishes first on corrected time is the Regatta champion.

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