Eileen Nociolo/Ingrid Hoffmann Victorious at Women’s Championship
PRO Larry Nociolo welcomed a record twelve women competing in five Flying Scots to the 2016 MBC Women’s Championship, Sunday, August 28. Mother Nature, arguably the most important NautiGal, blessed the fleet and the day with brilliant sunshine and comfortable breezes out of the ESE ranging from 8-12 mph.
The competition this year was outstanding. The newly established Thursday evening series of racing and clinics organized by Lee Davidson was credited to be the single factor in the improvement of the sailing level, as well as the increased participation.
Eileen Nociolo and Ingrid Hoffmann, back together again, were in the zone, posting a very impressive first place finishes in each of the 3 races. The team had good starts in the first 2 heats, but crossed the line last in the third. Not to be deterred, they played the shifts and reached the weather mark first. In fact, they lead at every mark in every race. Skipper Eileen credits her crew: “Ingrid kept us focused on all the things we learned this year in the clinics and the practice racing, so we managed to get around the course efficiently.”
Lee Davidson with crew Mary Nicosia also showed a lot of growth on the learning curve this time out and finished second. They had a bit of hard luck in the second race when they fell into a hole, but had the first place team rubbernecking in the last heat, especially downwind. Watch out for Lee and Mary next year.
In third place for the day was first rear commodore nominee Jackie Hall and crew Sharon Stockwell. It would be an understatement to say the pair sailed consistently, they crossed the finish line 3 times in third. The race committee dubbed Sharon the best hiker of the day.
Sandy Morrow had the assist of two able crew, Olga Maryasis and Joanne Nadell. The highlight of their day was Race 2 when they rounded the weather mark behind Eileen/Ingrid and held on all the way around the course to claim second place. They finished fourth overall.
Sarah Steib, with crew Beth Meagher and Janet Dellett, rounded out the fleet and had 2 fourths along with a fifth. This young skipper shows a lot of interest and potential so stay tuned.
NautiGals serving on race committee included APRO Eileen Ewing, Leslie Olving, Pris Gettis, Barbara Nevius and Melissa Pater. Also serving were PRO Larry Nociolo, Pat Corr, Bob Markoff, Bill Ewing, Chris Davidson, and Thom Lee. Thank you all and we saved the best for last, thank you Keith Petrosemolo.