Fishers Island, NY – Northeast Harbor Fleet skipper John Roberts and crew won a close, light-air North American International-One Design Invitational in mid-September, hosted by Fishers Island YC (NY). Roberts’ team edged Shawn Mulrooney’s Chester (Nova Scotia) team by one point and Eric Leitner’s Manhattan Yacht Club (NY) team by two points by carrying their lead into Sunday, the final day, after winning the sole race on Saturday. That turned out to be the winning difference when heavy fog and lack of wind prevented any racing on Sunday.
Mulrooney scored the strongest series of races on the first day of the regatta with a 3-3-1, but stumbled with a sixth in the fourth and, as it turned out, final race. Leitner opened the series with a 5-1-6 and then moved into contention with a 2nd in Saturday’s race. The fourth-place team, co-skippered by John Henry and Chad Thieken, also had a good opening day, finishing 2-4-3 but finished 8th in Saturday’s race.
In addition to skipper John Roberts, the winning crew included Jack Roberts, Chris Hopkins and Drew Hopkins.