HOSS Wins SWAN 42 North American Championship

July 7th, 2014 by admin

July 7, 2014

Racing was cancelled on the first day because of a day-long series of thunderstorms passing through the area. On day two, HOSS started strong with a 1, 3, 1 in the first three races. But the Italian boat Cuordileone, skippered by Leonardo Ferragamo, was only 2 points back with a 2, 2, 3. Phil Lotz, a two-time class winner and his mates on Arethusa got hot the next day with a 4, 1, 1. HOSS got out of the chute slowly on day three with a 12 in race four. No excuses, bad race. Race five HOSS finished fifth after taking a penalty turn, fouling a boat off the starting line. The last race of the day was a beauty. The typical race course is a multiple lap windward/leeward layout. For this race, the committee sent us on a three-lap windward-leeward course, with the sixth leg rounding the windward mark and then heading back three miles to Newport, finishing off Fort Adams at the mouth of the harbor. That final leg began as a tight reach and gradually eased to a run coming into Narragansett Bay under full spinnaker. The tide was ebbing so all 13 boats were jibing back and forth to get as close to the shore as possible, seeking relief from the current. That beautiful shoreline is unique in that the bows of the boats can almost touch  the shore before hitting the rocky bottom. This made for some hairy crossings and sea room calls. HOSS climbed from fifth to second at the finish. So…going into the final day of racing HOSS was sitting in 3rd position, three points behind the Arethusa and Cuordileone. Three points down we took an eighth in race seven. Arethusa came fifth and Cuordileone 13th. Six points down with two races to go. Race 8 was our best race. The breeze was a 10-12 knot easterly. This direction is particularly tricky with big oscillating shifts. We had a mediocre start and played the middle of the course while our competition headed right.  Arethusa crossed us halfway up the beat as we stayed on starboard going left. The breeze backed left 10 degrees and then 20 degrees. HOSS was cruising and won the race going away. Arethusa and Cuordileone were caught on the right side and took 11 and 12 respectively. We went from three points down to four points up going into the final race. Our plan for the final race was to get a clean start and stay close to Arethusa, as they had to put four boats between us to win. HOSS had a good mid-line start and Arethusa was forced right to clear their air. We tacked to port halfway up the beat and were sitting in fourth at the first weather mark. There was no discussion on the boat where Arethusa was, we all knew she was deep! The HOSS crew kept the focus on staying clean and finishing in the top five. Cuordileone won the race to finish second in the regatta and HOSS finished the race in fourth position, winning the championship by 10 points!