Although our current racing season has barely gotten underway in Chester, our sailors have been very active representing our fleet in overseas regattas. Ted Murphy also represented Chester in Bermuda this Spring. It was a great week of racing with moderate winds and good competition. In the end, Ted won the overall trophy for the week, the “Vrengen Gold Cup”. Next up on the IOD regattas calendar was the Nantucket Invitational in late June. Ted once again represented Chester and enjoyed a successful weekend on Nantucket; he won the event!
This August, Peter Wickwire will be representing our Chester Fleet at the World IOD championships in North East Harbour We wish him well in this first IOD championship he is attending. Shawn Mulrooney will be doing the North Americas in Fisher’s Island in September. We are looking forward to another successful season for all of us here in Nova Scotia.
Please visit ChesterIODFleet on Facebook for pictures and articles on the regattas mentioned above. Our thanks to all our members and supporters in Chester and Indian Point.
Ted Murphy and crew in Restless
This has been another growth year for the Chester IOD fleet. Lots of good things have happened over the past 12 months. Over the Winter, Shawn Mulrooney and South Shore Marine boat works completed a new fiberglass IOD using the class moulds. She has been called “Zephyr II” in recognition of its lead keel and many other parts from the original “Zephyr” used in the building process. This will give us 12 boats and will form the basis for Chester hosting the IOD Championship in 2020. In addition to producing the first fiberglass IOD to be built in North America for over 10 years, Shawn has also contracted with an aluminum spar manufacturer to produce spars and booms at a reasonable cost which will ensure stability for spar and boom replacement for our IOD fleets.
The man who builds IODs also enjoys racing in them. Shawn represented the Chester fleet in the Bacardi Keelboat Regatta in Bermuda held over 4 days in the Great Sound, in November. 12 boats participated with 6 locals and 6 overseas competitors. However, the weather gods did not cooperate and 2 of the 3 days were blown out. Shawn finished a creditable 5th with only the local Bermudians ahead of him.
In early March 2017, Luigi Galbiati, John LaGrass, Gerry Dolezar and Dough Witter from the fledging Manhattan Yacht Club IOD fleet visited us in Chester. They came to see “Zephyr II” and to meet members of our fleet who showed our MYC visitors what Nova Scotia had to offer. Our visitors saw a number of our wooden and fiberglass IODs, visited Lunenburg and the Nova Scotia Maritime Museum in Halifax, enjoyed a get-together with our fleet members one evening and had a lobster feast dinner on their last night in Chester. As this article goes to press, the MYC have already acquired 3 IODs for their fleet.
Welcome to the family!
L-R: L. Galbiati, R. Thompson, M. Fortenbaugh
Zephyr II being launched
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