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Jul 10, 2017 2:18 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton Yacht Squadron Hosts Summer Series, SS Class Horton Trophy Races On Saturday

SS boats head out on the waters in front of Westhampton Yacht Squadron on Saturday for the second race of the summer series. DREW BUDD
Jul 10, 2017 3:17 PM

The Westhampton Yacht Squadron in Remsenburg hosted the second race of its annual Summer Series on Saturday on the waters of Moriches Bay.

Flying scots, sunfish, and the historic SS boats all enjoyed nearly perfect sailing conditions, with abundant sunshine and winds reaching 12 to 15 knots. Norm Wentworth, the sailing director at the Westhampton Yacht Squadron, said it was close to a perfect day.

“Saturday was about as good as it gets,” he said. “A little bit of a higher tide would have been magnificent, but we had a light touch of white caps, and a steady breeze grew more steadily as the day went on.”

Hampy Smith, Steve Keller and Steve Pomroy repeated their June 24 performance as winners of the flying scot races, but it was close. They tied Brian Feil, David Grigg and Noah Weis with the lowest day total (6), forcing a tiebreaker that goes to best-to-worst-finishes. But since both boats finished in the top three in all three races, the next tiebreaker had to be used, which was which boat won the last race of the day. Smith, Keller and Pomroy, beat out Feil, Grigg and Weis in the last race, and that wound up being the difference between overall first and second place. Wentworth, Ed Surgan, Julie Pomroy and Michael Strebel placed third with seven points.

Griffin Sisk once again took first place in the sunfish division, winning all three races on the day. Sundy Schermeyer placed second with six points and Suzanne Hulme took third with nine points.

The SS Boat Class Association, an East End sailing group that celebrates the historic, wooden gaff-rigged sailboats, held its annual Horton Trophy races along the same course as the flying scots and sunfishes on Saturday. George Carmany and Abby Connett ended Rob Dudley and Jim Ewing’s four-year reign as champions of the Horton Trophy, accruing a day-low of six points. They won the first race of the day, placed third in the second race and then took second in the final race. Dudley and Ewing placed second with eight points, and Deborah and Denise Dalmasse and John Sartorious III and John Sartorious Jr. finished with 10 points each, forcing another tiebreaking situation. The Sartorious’s won the tiebreaker over the Dalmasse’s, giving them third place.

The Horton Trophy was donated to the Westhampton Yacht Squadron by Helen Horton in memory of her mother, Anetta Horton, and it’s the prized possession of the SS Class Association. The SS Class has been said to take to the waters off Long Island as early as 1908.

Westhampton Yacht Squadron will host the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association Invitational on Saturday, July 29, as part of its third race of its summer series. The skipper’s meeting is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. with the first warning going off at 10:30 a.m.

The SS Class Association will hold its annual Smith Point Regatta on Sunday, July 23, with a 10 a.m. race and an afternoon race to follow. The Smith Point Regatta originally got its name due to the fact that the race would end under the Smith Point Bridge in Shirley. The course was changed more than 20 years ago due to the high volume of boat traffic and different tide formations in that area. The boats now follow a unique course set-up that could be likened to a sports car rally, having to navigate through shallow waters and sometimes tricky sandbars. The rules of more common sailing are modified so that crews can exit their boat and enter the water in case they are grounded by a sandbar.

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