In unusually cool, cloudy, and rainy conditions for the past three days, Angus Davis’s Nyabinghi team from Newport, RI, overcame the dreary weather to capture their first C&C 30 One Design class win at the Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta, the third event on the 2016 C&C 30 class calendar. Dan Cheresh‘s Extreme 2 team nearly caught the series leaders from yesterday with impressive 2-1 scores today to finish as runner-up by only one point in the 12-boat class.
“We didn’t have a great start to the day by hitting the pin mark, doing a turn and starting last,” said Nyabinghi tactician Mike Buckley. “But this was my fault: we were a little late getting out to the course, I delayed the jib call until late, so everyone was in a rush and off our usual pre-start routine. But we had great chemistry on the boat, the guys were good at having a laugh as well as focusing when needed. We’re big Patriots fans, and just like our team we battled back, went through our process, and pulled through.”
Buckley had last sailed on a C&C 30 in the Annapolis Fall Regatta last October, and said his impression is that the class has really deepened in the past 6 months.
“This class has become really tough to win: the final outcome was not clear until the last 100 yards of the last race. Yet this is a great group of owners, the crews are really impressive in both pro and amateur talent, and everyone is enthusiastic. An example was yesterday when we had engine troubles and the Extreme guys helped us with a tow out. There’s great spirit in this group.”
While Nyabinghi and Extreme 2 are some of the more experienced teams having been racing since last summer, some newcomers in the class found their stride to also do well here in Annapolis. Led by skipper Kip Meadows and tactician Andy Horton, the roXanne team was not only learning the boat but like all the C&C 30’s they were also contending with the 19 J/105’s on the course, with clear lanes in the light air often hard to find. But Meadows’s prior years experience in the Melges 24, Farr 30, 1D35 and Melges 32 classes helped roXanne climb quickly up the learning curve to earn an impressive 1-4 score line today to help overcome their last place finish in Race 2 and vault them onto the podium in overall scores.
“We didn’t win this one, but I’m really happy that this class is going so great,” said Cheresh, who is also class president. “The owners and crews are so enthusiastic, there were four boats who won races and six boats who got a second place, so the competition is really getting keen. We have a lot of interest coming from new owners and charterers to want to jump in on the fun, and we really look forward to more great class racing this summer in Newport and then on to San Francisco.”
Anema & Core’s Ennio Staffini also noted the enthusiasm among the C&C 30’s. “The class has some growing to do, as any other young class, but we’re growing fast and have an impressive number of boats already out there,” says Staffini. “This core group at the NOOD has been moving around together, and if they stick together they’ll all see improvements. The qualification of the [owner-driver] rules will help everyone improve.”
The next event on the C&C 30 class calendar is over June 10-12th at the New York YC Annual Regatta, where a similar strong turnout is expected for three days of course and coastal racing in and around Newport, RI.
For more information, photos, videos and scores from the Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta, visit the event website at www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/annapolis. For more coverage and photos from Dan Phelps/SpinSheet magazine, visit www.spinsheet.com/annapolis-nood/