OSWEGO — The Oswego Yacht Club hosted two major Lake Ontario regattas recently.
During Harborfest weekend, the club hosted the 32nd annual Sail Oswego Labatt Blue Regatta at the Oswego International Marina.
Local sponsors of the event were Labatt/Eagle Beverage Company, Burritt Motors, Fitzgibbons Agency, Price Chopper Supermarkets, and IBEW NECA Local 43.
The overall regatta champion was “100,” sailed by Morley Flynn from the Oswego Yacht Club.
Second overall was “Blaze,” sailed by Brendan Benson of OYC. Placing third was “Oz,” sailed by Tom Doran of OYC.
Competition also took place within divisions. “Blaze” won Division 1, followed by “Crusader,” skippered by Dan Mather of Oswego; and “Velocity Girl,” sailed by Cannan Leonard of Henderson Harbor.
In Division 2, Flynn took first place aboard “100.” He was followed by “Fortuitous,” sailed by J.R. Riggs of Selkirk. Art Bronstein of Henderson Harbor skippered “Hambone” to a third-place finish in Division 2.
Doran guided “Oz” to a first-place finish in Division 3. He was followed by Sodus Bay’s Pete Quackenbush sailing “Moongator,” and Connor Rahm of OYC aboard “Ruffled Feathers.” Rahm’s team featured a crew all younger than 21.
In the non-flying sails division, Bill Vanee of Sodus was first on “Nanee,” and Oswego’s Chris Rotunno was second with “Point Counterpoint.”
This past weekend, the OYC hosted the J/24 Great Lakes Championship, attracting sailing teams from Toronto, Buffalo, Long Island, Rochester, Canandaigua, Sodus, and Oneida Lake. The event is a qualifier for the 2020 J/24 World Championship.
Sponsors were Labatt/Eagle Beverage Company, Burritt Motors, Fitzgibbons Agency, Charlie Krylo, and Modular Comfort Systems.
Rochester’s Travis Odenbach sailed “Honey Badger” to first place. Taking second was OYC’s Morley Flynn sailing “Seaweed.” Placing third was “Mental Floss,” sailed by Aidan Glackin from Huntington.
Completing the top five were “Drivers Wanted,” skippered by Toronto’s Ted Bartelweski; and “Redline,” sailed by Mike Stasko of the Canandaigua Yacht Club.
Also recently, OYC was represented at the Lake Yacht Racing Association Regatta in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. John Enwright of OYC sailed “Shakedown,” a J/27, and finished first in the Founders Cup, a 30-mile Feeder Race. He was also first in the Freeman Race, a 70-mile long-distance event that took more then 30 hours.
“Shakedown” also finished first in the J/27 North American Championships during the weeklong event.
This weekend the Oswego Yacht Club will host a Hobie Cat regatta with teams coming to Oswego from Rhode Island, Long Island, and central New York clubs.