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Spring Race to Oxford - Second Time's a Charm
The 2019 Spring Race to Oxford sponsored by The Hinckley Company went off without a hitch with close to 60 competitors spread over 8 classes.

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Spring Race to Oxford - SEcond Time's a Charm

Linda Ambrose, Regatta Manager


The 2019 Spring Race to Oxford sponsored by The Hinckley Company went off without a hitch with close to 60 competitors spread over 8 classes. This year Mother Nature cooperated, with boats crossing the line with their chutes up for the downwind start in 10-12kts of breeze that held all the way to the Choptank River. The early prediction of the bottom dropping out held off until most of the competitors had crossed the finish line between the RC Boat and the mark just off of Tred Avon Yacht Club. The RC, spearheaded by PRO Bobby Frey and DRO Jim Capron, set off to follow the fleet once all starts were completed at 1045, having kicked off with the PHRF non-spin and CHESSS (Chesapeake Shorthanded Sailing Society) at 0945.

With the breeze holding and the leader for line honors, member Ben Corson and his wife Marta Hansen, double handing their trimaran making great time down the course, the signal boat team that had originally planned on hanging at mark G “7” (off Black Walnut Pt) to watch roundings continued onwards to be on station at R “2” off of TAYC for the finish. Corson’s Narrow Escape crossed the finish line with an elapsed time of 3:31:17 and corrected to 1st place in the CHESSS class.

After a welcome by TAYC’s Commodore Ed Cassidy, 1st – 3rd place trophies were handed out to winners in each class. First place in ORC Overall AND in PHRF A0/A1, Jim Connelly’s J/111 Slush Fund. In 2nd place in ORC Overall, John White’s J/80 USA 1162. It was a family and friends affair with White’s son Kevin and grandson Connor aboard as well as friends and long-time crew members, P/C Debbie Gosselin and V/C Jonathan Bartlett. 3rd place in ORC Overall was P/C Kevin McNeil on Seabiscuit. In A2 and shaking off the cobwebs for the 2019 season, Bruce Gardner’s L’Outrage in 1st, with Tapio Saavalainen’s Kalevala II in 3rd. Congratulations to Peter Henry on Mischief for a podium finish in the CRCA Racer Cruiser division taking home the 1st Place trophy. The Hinckley Trophy for Overall Performance was awarded to Jim Connelly and his team on the J/111 Slush Fund for the lowest corrected time in the race.  Full results are available on Yachtscoring.

For the second year in a row, Tred Avon Yacht Club was the host for a fabulous post-race event including live music, food, and thanks to Hinckley’s support, a round of free drinks for each crew! Thanks to TAYC staff and members for their hospitality and we look forward to an even bigger turnout in 2020.

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