August 24th, 2012
The past 12-months have been quite busy in Chester as we build the Chester Fleet. Last summer the fleet had two additions: “ Preemptive Bid” purchased by Steve Moody and renamed “O 2” (short for O hop 2) and “Aileen” (Corny Shield’s original boat) which was purchased by Mike Kelly. Both of these boats were actively raced last fall. We also took delivery this spring of our first fibre glass boat purchased by Shawn Mulrooney. This was the boat owned by the IOD World Class Association. Over this summer Shawn is completing work on the boat and it will be sailing shortly in Mahone Bay. These additions bring our fleet number to 11 boats. The list is as follows:
Jamie Snell & family
Eight of these boats have been racing this year in various races, locations and regattas. Steve Moody in “O2” and Danny Blain in “Zephyr” have been very successful in Thursday night PHRF racing at the Chester Yacht Club. Wednesday IOD Fleet racing started on July 4th and has attracted 4 boats on a regular basis. Shawn Mulroney has dominated the series.
The highlight of the year is Chester Classics Week which features two regattas – the Chester Classics Cup and Chester Classics Division in Chester Race Week. The week consists of a 3-race and 4-race series. Rick Thompson was high point man in the Chester Classics Cup while Mike Ruston won top spot in Chester Race Week. Both regattas featured harbour starts and finishes which was spectacular for the spectators and sponsors. Herb Motley of Marblehead was a guest skipper on “Squall” for the Classics Cup Regatta and he also gave a slide show presentation of the 75 year history of the IOD Class at the Chester Yacht Club on the Saturday evening of the Classics Cup weekend. His presentation was well received and he sold a number of the 75th Anniversary books. Two IODs participated in the Mahone Bay Regatta which featured starts and finishes in Mahone Bay. Rick Thompson in “Mighty Mo” won this event. The annual Bermuda Race Week saw Shawn Mulroney representing the Chester Fleet in Bermuda and he sailed well finishing 7th overall for the 13 boat fleet which featured many past world and race week champions.
The Chester Fleet is in the middle of standardizing its sails and this year purchased new main sails, having purchased jibs last year. We are also developing a fleet spinnaker which will be ready for the fleet this winter. At our annual meeting held this summer we agreed to approach the World Association to request that Chester be awarded the right to hold the 2014 North American IOD Regatta. Fisher’s Island is currently in the rotation for the event. However in correspondence with them and the World Association they will allow the Chester Fleet to take their turn. We are therefore looking forward to putting on the North Americans in 2014. We continue to look at ways to promote the Chester Fleet, get greater participation on and off the water and grow our fleet. There is a buzz in Chester about the IODs and we believe they have a bright future in the waters of Mahone Bay.
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