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IRC East Coast - USMMA's TP52 Flying Jenny 7 Takes Title

ANNAPOLIS, MD. (October 30, 2012) - The Storm Trysail Club's 2012 IRC East Coast Championship & One Design Regatta took place on Chesapeake Bay (Annapolis, Md.) this past weekend with a shortened two-day format due to the impending threat of Hurricane Sandy. The regatta started on Friday, October 26 with a 29.6 nautical mile distance race and continued though Saturday, October 27, hosting four inshore races for IRC, Farr 30 and HPR (High Performance Rule) Divisions.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy sailed TP52 Flying Jenny 7 to victory in IRC and HPR. The team also took honors for IRC Overall. (Photo Credit Dan Phelps/Spinsheet Magazine)

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) sailed its newly acquired TP52 Flying Jenny 7 to victory in IRC 1 and HPR, which dual-scored all sport boats between 38 and 52 feet. The team also took IRC Overall honors. David and Sandra Askew (Annapolis, Md.) donated Flying Jenny 7 to the USMMA Sailing Foundation just two weeks ago. "I'm extremely proud of our crew being able to step on a new boat and sail it so well against some very tough competition," said the Foundation's President Ralf Steitz (Kings Point, N.Y.). Just one point behind Flying Jenny 7 was defending IRC East Coast Champion Marc Glimcher (New York, N.Y.) aboard his Ker 40 Catapult.

Phil Lotz’s Swan 42Arethusa took first place in IRC 2. (Photo Credit Dan Phelps/Spinsheet Magazine)

In IRC 2 Phil Lotz's (Newport, R.I.) Swan 42 Arethusa and Ken Colburn's (Dover, Mass.) Swan 42 Apparition showed off some match racing skills on Saturday, with Lotz winning by a hair, one point ahead of Colburn.
Annapolis Yacht Club Commodore and STC Member Kevin McNeil took first place in Sea Biscuit in the Farr 30 Class. (Photo Credit Dan Phelps/Spinsheet Magazine) Click photo to download to high resolution. For Spinsheet photo gallery, go to

Paul Milo’s J/109 Vento Solare took first place in IRC 3. (Photo Credit Dan Phelps/Spinsheet Magazine)

In IRC 3, the J/109s battled it out, with Paul Milo's (Leesburg, Va.) Vento Solare posting a bullet in the final race, which pushed the team ahead of Bill Sweetser's (Annapolis, Md.) Rush by a half point.

In the Farr 30 Class, Annapolis Yacht Club Commodore and STC Member Kevin McNeil (Annapolis, Md.) took first place in Sea Biscuit, with a five-point lead on Brad Kauffman's (Annapolis, Md.) Mummbles.
About the Storm Trysail Club
The Storm Trysail Club, reflecting in its name the sail to which sailors must shorten when facing severe adverse conditions, is one of the world's most respected sailing clubs, with its membership comprised strictly of skilled blue water and ocean racing sailors. In addition to hosting Block Island Race Week in odd-numbered years, the club holds various prestigious offshore racing events (among them the annual Block Island Race, Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race and the Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race); annual junior safety-at-sea seminars; and Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta for college sailors using big boats.

For more information on the Storm Trysail Club and its events, including the Block Island Race, visit the official website For more event photos, please visit the Spinsheet Magazine photo gallery at

Top 3 results (full results available on Yacht Scoring at

IRC 1 (8 Boats)
1. Flying Jenny 7, TP52, Ralf Steitz USMMA, Kings Point, N.Y., 1.5, 3, 4, 2, 4 (14.5)
2. Catapult, Ker 40, Marc Glimcher, New York, N.Y., 4.5, 1, 3, 4, 3 (15.5)
3. SPOOKIE, Carkeek HP 40, Steve & Heidi Benjamin , Norwalk, Conn., 7.5, 2, 2, 3, 2, (16.5)

IRC 2 (5 Boats)
1. Arethusa, Swan 42, Phil Lotz, Newport, R.I., 4.5, 1, 1, 1, 1 (8.5)
2. Apparition, Swan 42, Ken Colburn, Dover, Mass., 1.5, 2, 2, 2, 2, ; 9.5
3. Ragin, J 111 11.14, Kjell Dahlen, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 3, 3, 3, 4, 4 (17)

IRC 3/J 109 (4 Boats)
1. Vento Solare, J 109, Paul Milo, Leesburg, Va., 1.5, 4, 2, 1, 1 (9.5)
2. Rush, J 109, Bill Sweetser , Annapolis, Md., 3, 1, 1, 2, 3 (10)
3. Saykadoo, J 109, Stephen McManus, Severna Park, Md., 4.5, 2, 2/RDG, 5/DNS, 5/DNS (18.5)

Farr 30 (5 Boats)
1. Sea Biscuit, Farr 30, Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, Md., 3, 1, 1, 1, 1 (7)
2. Mummbles, Farr 30, Brad Kauffman, Annapolis, Md., 1.5, 2, 2, 4, 2 (11.5)
3. Farr 2 Tangley, Farr 30, Peter Toombs, Charlottetown, PEI, CAN, 6, 5, 3, 3, 3 (20)

HPR Class (8 Boats)
1. Flying Jenny 7, TP52, Ralf Steitz USMMAA, Kings Point, N.Y., USA - 1.5, 2, 3, 2, 3 (11.5)
2. Interlodge, IRC 52, Austin and Gwen Fragomen, Newport, R.I., 10.5, 3, 1, 1, 1 (16.5)
3. SPOOKIE, Carkeek HP 40, Steve & Heidi Benjamin, Norwalk, Conn., 9, 1, 2, 3, 2 (17)

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