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Articles & photos courtesy of Jeff Westcott


Don’t Tell Mom Wins Series in Dramatic Fashion with Late Pass on Machbuster;
Wharf Rat Wins Race but still Third in Series

August 27, Jamestown, RI
For the third year in a row, Fleet 12’s season series was decided by the last race. A single point determined the previous two titles. This time it went down to a tie-breaker in favor of Don’t Tell Mom, helmed today by CYC 420 star Adrian van der Wal, with crew regulars Scott Ferguson trimming and Karen Neri on the bow. That one of the new CYC charter boats captured this year’s title, skippered in the final race by an accomplished CYC junior sailor, has to put a big smile on the face of club leadership. This great success comes at a price though, and that was paid dearly by perennial underdog Machbuster who had led the series all season only to sail into a hole three hundred yards short of the finish line and a much coveted Fleet 12 title.


Don’t Tell Mom Gets Two Crucial Wire-to-Wire Wins, Season Title up for Grabs Next Week

August 20, Jamestown, RI
Dan and Karen Neri’s Don’t Tell Mom, with America’s Cupper Scott Ferguson trimming, achieved her second two bullet day of the year, and is now in a virtual tie with Machbuster for the season title, with momentum on her side. Machbuster had come prepared, with Mark Sertl and CYC instructor, and future Brown sailor, John Mastrandrea on board, but the blue boat narrowly lost both downwind starts and couldn’t find a way around an error free Don’t Tell Mom. Wharf Rat was sailed this week by Harvard star Nick Sertl, mom Cory, and a couple of 420 juniors. SUMA was back with Bill Fortenberry and daughter Colette and a couple of Colette’s junior sailing colleagues. The Dunning’s Cook-ie had an all-male crew for once with Will and son Dale, joined by Ned Wood and a friend of Dale’s. And, happily, Catch made her first appearance this year with Peter Parsons, daughter Emily and her friend Matt on board.

Machbuster Wins Scrimmage with SUMA and Cook-ie

August 13, Jamestown, RI
With Fleet 12’s ranks depleted by this weekend’s competing Jfest regatta, three boats nevertheless sailed one “non-points” race in a dying southwesterly on an otherwise beautiful day for a sail. Cook-ie was sailed by the Dunnings. SUMA had an all father-daughter team of Bill and Colette Fortenberry and Victor and Ada Oancea. Machbuster’s foredeck this week was Ned Wood. While this was his first Fleet 12 outing, Ned is in fact a veteran lower bay sailor having grown up sailing in the CYC Clingstone Cup with his parents Huck and Barbara Wood aboard their beloved “Wahini”.


Conundrum, Machbuster Get Bullets but Season Series Still Wide Open

August 6, Jamestown, RI
For the second week running, Fleet 12 faced challenging wind and wave conditions as sunny skies, lighter breeze, and a music festival all combined to form a power boat wake mogul course on the lower bay. This week’s shifty, fickle breeze off the Jamestown shore added another degree of difficultly. It was hard to figure out and often left the light J22’s with no momentum to work through the random waves.


July 30, Jamestown, RI
A dying northerly breeze and a well-timed start, called by Bill [Fortenberry]'s all-girl crew, was the winning formula for SUMA’s first Fleet 12 win. Of course, Bill’s world-class skill at the helm of a small J-Boat was also on display in the always challenging light northerly/Sunday power boat slop conditions that plague the Fleet 12 race course at least once a year.


Dan Neri’s Don’t Tell Mom Has Two Bullet Day!
Becomes First Charter Boat Winner while
Dunnings Get an Impressive Second

July 23, Jamestown, RI.
Don’t Tell Mom, after knocking on the door all season, finally broke the door down with two solid wins on the first cloudy, northerly breeze day of the season. Equally impressive was the strong second place finish by the Dunning family in their first Sunday of racing this season.



Conundrum Dominatesin Triumphant Return
to Fleet 12 Racing, Matches Machbuster
and Wharf Rat with a Two Bullet Day!


July 16, Jamestown, RI.
Having missed the first two weeks of Fleet 12 racing this season, Bill Porter wasted no time putting Conundrum back on the board with two solid wins against a strong six boat field on yet another beautiful Sunday afternoon in the lower bay.  As the fleet gathered for this week’s racing it became apparent that in addition to the return of Conundrum, there would be several notable crew substitutions. ...



Wharf Rat Has Her Own Two Bullet Day,
Evens Season Score!


July 9, Jamestown, RI.
Smarting from last week’s surprisingly strong showing by Machbuster, Wharf Rat didn’t take long to even the early season score, with two well-sailed wins this Sunday. For the second week in a row Fleet 12 has faced beautiful but blustery conditions on the lower bay with the charter boat crews still sorting out the quick, little J22’s that can be a challenge to sail fast in choppy seas. ...



Machbuster Smokes Six Boat Fleet with
Two Bullets
on Fleet 12 Opening Day


July 2, Jamestown, RI.
Fleet 12’s 2017 season got off to a flying start with six boats on the line in post card conditions, including three club charter boats and “Wavelength” from Ida Lewis Yacht Club, as well as regulars, new Fleet Captain Matt Dunbar on Wharf Rat, and the venerable blue boat, Machbuster. It was a good day for Machbuster, but an even greater one for the CYC sailing program that has put together an impressive charter fleet of competitive J22’s to promote family-oriented racing in a boat well suited for that purpose. 

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