Skip Shumway’s vessel is called the Beat Dawn S, but at the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta held in Marblehead this weekend, all the Sonar class boat did was beat the field.
Sailing out of Rochester, New York, Shumway and the Beat Dawn S won a neck-and-neck weekend of races with Marblehead’s Larry Ehrhardt and his Rallie. Conditions varied during the three days of this 124th Marblehead Race Week, making the races both difficult and interesting.
The Sonar proved to be the most competitive class, so when Shumway came away the winner he was awarded the coveted Overall Winner honor by officials from Sailing World and the race committee.
“Congratulations to Skip and the whole crew aboard the Beat Dawn S,” said Sailing World director of Marketing George Brengle. “They displayed all the attributes of championship racing this weekend and we can’t wait to sail with them in the Caribbean.”
As the Overall Winner, Shumway earns an invitation to the British Virgin Islands for the NOOD Championship Regatta. All the overall winners from the 2013 NOOD series (which includes stops in Marblehead, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle and others) will compete aboard Sunsail 44i vessels.
Races took place on many classes of sailboat on three courses. On the halfway rockline course, Gloucester’s Ben Richardson and Tern Too edged Bight Me out of Marblehead for the crown; James Hogg of Canada won the Megabyte class and the 1915 out of Florida won the Vanguard 15 class.
On the outside line course, Tomas Hornos’ Destiny out of Marblehead won the International Etchells class. The Gypsy, also of Marblehead, won the IOD. The Perseverance from San Diego won the J70 and Robert Slattery’s Ghost of Marblehead won the J105.
Finally, on the tinker line course, Beverly’s John Denmar won the J24 class with his boat Airodoodle. The Lille Venn from Stowe, Vermont won the Town class and Boxford’s Jeff Slocum won the Viper 60 aboard Strong Medicine.
There were also two trophies presented as part of the tradition of Marblehead Race Week. The Norm Cressy Award, which is named after one of the skippers of the Gypsy who completed his 65th race week, went to Richardson of the Tern Too for exemplifying outstanding performance, competitiveness, sportsmanship and sailing smarts.
The Leonard Munn Fowle Award for contributing to the advancement of sailing in Marblehead went to Russ Chapman.