The Salem News
---- — MARBLEHEAD — Hometown favorite David Curtis once again had a dominant showing on the waters off this season town as the annual Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) New England Championships concluded yesterday.
Racing out of Class 5 Fleet, Curtis skippered his vessel, Rival, to seven first place finishes out of eight races. The Marblehead resident finished with 10 points, far outdistancing second place finisher John Gall (26 points) in the fleet.
In Class 4, Philip DiCarlo’s yacht, Hot Spur, took five first place finishes to win the fleet easily with 6 points.
Another fine performance was turned in by Shenenigan’s skipper Bob Maxwell, who piloted his Pearson 30 to top honors in Class 6. Maxwell won three of four races in the fleet.
Kenneth Colburn, sailing aboard Apparition, won Class 1 with two first place showings, three runner-up finishes and one third. In Class 2, Gordon Hall and his Katabatic edged out Dr. Hugh Chandler’s Scherherazade by just four points for top honors.
Class 3 saw Thomas Linkas come out on top on the strength of his vessel, Indra, placing first in three of his six races. In the smallest fleet, Ralph DiMattia sailed Shamrock Sensation to three straight victories in the CR1 Class. It was more competitive in CR2 as Walter Murphy and his boat, Rebel, prevailed after taking first place in the third race in this class.
Ralph Carlton led Corsair to victory in the CR3 Class, besting 10 other entries on the strength of two first place finishes.
Cindy Smith and her boat, Asia, came out victorious in the J-70 Class, edging past Tyler Doyle by two points.
The biggest fleet at the PHRFs, the J-105s (with 17 entrees), saw Jonathan Wales place first overall aboard his vessel, Bantry. Winning with a total of 48 points, he edged out Charlie Garrard (on Merlin) by two points and Fred deNapoli (on Allegro Semplicita) by three.