Smallest yacht in the
’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
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
strategy that minimized come abouts and tacks to reach each of two
of the race markers and cross the finish line made the difference
crew of the “Who”. The boat was built in 1972 by Nowak &
In second place was “Lola”, a Passport 40 Sloop built in Taiwan in 1985
owned by John and Judy Bielecki of Machiasport and Belgrade,
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
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
Alan’s crew was Michael Leonard of Machias. Sparrow crossed the
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
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
competitive handicaps by the Race Committee before the start. The
finishes first on corrected time is the Regatta champion.