Congratulations to skipper Lee Davidson and crew Mary Nicosia for winning the 2017 MBC Women’s Championship held Sunday, August 27, an ideal afternoon for racing on the Navesink. The pair have been a team for the past four years and on their fifth attempt, they would not be denied.

PRO Larry Nociolo had lots of river to work with as winds were out of the east at 5 – 10 mph. Three long races were sailed; Races 1 and 2 were windward/leeward twice around and the final course was a triangle twice around. Competition was very impressive as all six boats were consistently on the starting line and rolling at the gun. Expert spectators noted a huge improvement in sailing skill from prior years.

Lee and Mary controlled the first race despite a strong challenge by Jackie Hall/Sharon Stockwell as well as Sarah Steib/Tammy Hensrud. The champions worked their way into a good lead in the second race, but two boats took advantage of the spotty wind on the last weather leg and slipped by. Jackie and Sharon won and Ingrid Hoffmann/Eileen Nociolo finished second. Lee and Mary came back tough in the final heat, winning the race and the championship with a total of 5 points.

Defending champions, Eileen Nociolo and Ingrid Hoffmann changed positions in the boat this year. Ingrid skippered with excellent upwind sail shape to a consistent 2-2-2, second place over all. Ingrid and Eileen make a formidable team no matter who’s driving.

First Rear Commodore Jackie and best hiker Sharon, teaming up for the second time, finished 3-1-3 to capture third. The team showed lots of tenacity and may prove to be the boat to beat next year.

The Steib boat, Sarah and Tammy, had scores of 4-4-6 and finished in fourth place. Noteworthy here is that the young skipper will be delivering her second son in three short weeks.

In fifth place, Olga Maryasis, Sandy Morrow and Joanne Nadell teamed up aboard Aurora again this year; this time with Olga at the helm. Olga received everyone’s vote for most improved sailor of the year; new confidence radiates from her infectious smile.

Jean Mauritzen and Wendy Elovich rounded out the fleet. A bent rudder pin put them out of commission right after the start of Race 1, but with an assist from a patrol boat for a quick repair, they completed the final two races. When not on the helm, Jean can be seen crewing on a Lightning.

This is the sixth year for the Women’s Championship in the revised double-handed boat format. During that time, the reputation of both the regatta and the after party has grown. Last year saw five boats on the line and this year broke that record with six boats! The expansion of the Thursday evening NautiGal series attracted many participants of varying experience, and coordinator Lee Davidson has done a great job including everyone. Special thanks to series PRO Chuck Hunnewell and seminar leader Dan Vought.

To the skippers, crews, race committee, photographers, spectators, spouses and supporters, a resounding WELL DONE!

Race Committee: PRO Larry Nociolo, APRO Les Hathaway, Dianne Berger, Barbara Nevius, Isaac Maryasis, Chris Davidson (photographer), Brian Dellett, Janet Dellett (photographer) and Mike Simon