2014 Maine Championship #3 – Camden
9 sailors gathered in scenic Camden, Maine to race the 3rd event of the 2014 Maine Championship Series. The event was part of the Penobscot Bay Rendezvous and was sponsored by Annapolis Performance Sailing who provided some generous prizes and support.
A 1:00 pm start was scheduled to kick off the day with the hope that a strong sea breeze would fulfill the dreams (and nightmares) of nine sailors from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Some tough decisions were made on shore and all sailors hoisted full rigs. 7 races were sailed with the initial race being a steady 16-18 knots. Phil King showed dominance early in the breezy conditions and looked well honed while Hank Thorburn and Colin Gowland, of Harpswell and Belfast respectively, pursued him without relent down the early run as if trying to apprehend a runaway thief. George Hazelton of Rockport, Maine showed strong form in the breeze and Parker Chamberlain also came out of the gates with a fire in his eyes not seen yet this year.
The second and subsequent 6 races showed the wind ranging from 11-17 knots with some great wave action building on the bay. There were plenty of exciting passes and lead changes through each race and some wipeouts taboot. After 7 hard hiking races, competitors called “uncle” and the final Route de Rhum race was on. Phil King of Massachusetts won with great speed and “mass-netics” on the long reaching leg back to the dock – and held up the bottle of Goslings at the Penobscot Bay Rendezvous awards party to prove it. Phil also edged out Hank Thorburn to take second place while Colin Gowland won the event. Sailors enjoyed a spirited post race party among other sailors. The Antiguan reggae band, wine, beer and appetizers were welcome after the long, windy day on the water. See you at stop #4 – the 40th Annual Loon Cup in Manchester, Maine.
We’re more than halfway through the Maine Championship Series with two great events left this year. The first is in Manchester, ME at Lake Cobbosee on Sunday September 14th. It’s also the 40th Annual Loon Cup so expect a great vibe, feast and prizes for the top 5 lasers.