OSWEGO — Skipper Tom Doran of Oswego sailed “Oz” to the overall championship of the 20th Oswego Hospice Cup Regatta, held Saturday in Lake Ontario off Oswego Harbor.
“Oz” was the overall winner in two of the races that comprised the regatta, and was second overall in the last of the three races.
Oswego’s Morley Flynn skippered “100” to second place overall in Group 1. Flynn’s entry had overall race finishes of third, second, and first for a total score of 6.0 (sum of race finishes).
“Tanz,” sailed by Fran Doyle of Sodus, took third overall in Group 1 with a total score of 10.0 on race finishes of second, third, and fifth.
There were 14 boats taking part in the regatta, a fundraiser to benefit Oswego County Hospice. The regatta was hosted by the Oswego Yacht Club.
In addition to the fleet from Oswego, boats participated from Sodus, Selkirk, and Fair Haven. Three races, managed by the expertise of Hank and Mary Stuart along with six other members of a hardy race committee, were completed on tough waters with high winds.
Completing the top five overall finishers in Group 1 were “Crusader,” sailed by Oswego’s Dan Mather, with a total score of 14.0; and “Moongator,” skippered by Pete Quackenbush of Sodus, with a total score of 17.0.
The Group 2 overall winner was “Symmetry,” skippered by Selkirk’s Will Walton, with a total score of 5.0. “Symmetry” had Group 2 finishes of third, first, and first.
“Holey Moley,” sailed by Gary and Judy Phillips of Selkirk, placed second in Group 2. “Holey Moley” won the first race and placed second in each of the other two races among Group 2 boats.
In addition to battling for overall Group 1 and Group 2 honors, division titles were up for grabs. Each division included boats of similar types.
In Division 1, the winner was “100,” which placed first within its division in all three races. “Crusader” placed second in Division 1, with “Endeavour,” sailed by Oswego’s Colin Palm, taking third.
“Oz” claimed the Division 2 title, also taking first place within its division in each race. “Tanz” was second in the division, with “Moongator” third.
Walton skippered “Symmetry” to the Division 3 crown with two first-place division finishes and a third-place finish. “Holey Moley” was second, and “Porto,” sailed by Selkirk’s Herb Clark, was third. The five boats that competed within Group 2 made up Division 3 as well.
The post-regatta reception was attended by nearly 200 people. Organizers thanked Woodchuck Saloon for providing the chicken barbecue, all of the major sponsors, the race committee, participants, spectators, and volunteers.
In addition to the finisher awards, the Comerford-Van Drake Memorial Sportsmanship Award was presented to Peg Stone and Cindy Mather, who have handcrafted a quilt as a raffle fundraiser for this event since its inception.
Over the past 20 years, the Oswego Hospice Cup Regatta has raised more than $350,000 to support the patients and families of Oswego County Hospice. These funds are used to support the volunteer program, the bereavement program, spread awareness, and fund an overnight grief camp for children that have lost a loved one.