The 2022 ILCA Crab Claw Regatta drew 44 participants to Severn Sailing Association this past weekend. There were a handful of past winners in attendance, including Lauren Pollak (2008), Kim Couranz (2011, 2017, 2018) and Kelly McMurray (2021) in the ILCA-6 fleet, as well as Jim Knab (2003), Bob Tan (2007), and James Jacob (2021) in the ILCA-7 fleet. 1997 champion Alden Shattuck made a surprise shore-side visit Sunday morning to catch up with old friends!
On the racing front, the wind gods did not cooperate on Saturday. PRO Steve Podlich and his team did a great job of getting one race completed in what one might describe as a sketchy southerly breeze. Sunday turned out much nicer with the wind again coming in from the south and fluctuating in velocity throughout the day, anywhere from 5-18 knots. Once again, the race committee work was flawless; they were able squeeze in a total of 5 races.
In the 15 boat ILCA-6 fleet, Brooke Bogdan secured the win with a very consistent scorecard (4,2,2,4,3) over 5 races. Coming in second place, just 4 points behind Brooke, was Dorian Haldeman. Matt White (21 points) took home the bronze.
The ILCA-7 fleet had 29 competitors. History repeated itself with a USNA midshipman taking top honors for the 13th time in the 51 year history of this regatta. The winner this year was senior Gavin McJones. He was in complete control, winning all six races by a fairly significant margin. The Crab Claw served as a tune up for Gavin who will be competing in the Carl Van Duyne MAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championships later this fall. Coming in second place was Luke Shingledecker (21 points). Fun Fact: this year marked the 21st anniversary of Luke’s first Crab Claw regatta (2002) in which he placed 3rd. Rounding out the top three was David Waiting (29 points).
-Ted Morgan, Photos by Scott Williamson, Robin Richards and Cathee Lee
Severn Sailing Association and ILCA Fleet 10 hope you can join us for the annual Crab Claw Regatta, September 18-19, 2021! Aside from the excellent racing on both days, your entry fee includes a regatta sun gaiter to celebrate the 50th year of ILCA, a great dinner and cool beverages after racing on Saturday. Registration is OPEN
The 2018 District 11 Championship was held at Severn Sailing Association in conjunction with the Crab Claw Regatta. 27 Standards and 16 Radials took to the waters of Annapolis under overcast skies and good wind out of the North. 5 races were sailed on Saturday and David Grace won 2 of them to lead the Standard Fleet while Kim Couranz also won 2 races to lead the Radial fleet.
Saturday evening a feast of crabs was prepared and all enjoyed.
Sunday saw rainy/misty skies throughout the day and included a little less, but still good wind for sailing. Another 4 races were sailed and David and Kim both sailed well to solidify their lead on their fleets.
Big thanks to Scott and Dorian for organizing the event and Steve P as PRO and all of the other folks at SSA who made it happen!
Time to get off the fence and register for the Crab Claw (September 24-25). Early registration ends today so don’t delay!
Go to the severnsailing.org and find the regatta in the Racing and Event Calendar, or use this following link to access the registration page directly.
An awesome regatta hat (guaranteed for the first 36 sailors), breakfast ticket, and regatta dinner and beverages after racing on Saturday.
Additional dinner tickets may be purchased on-line or at on-site registration, for $30 each (children 10 and under eat for $6).
If steamed crabs are not your thing, we will have the following menu items from Crab Town Curbs.
BBQ Beef Brisket Sliders, cole slaw, corn on the cob, potato salad, cookies & brownies
See the NOR for all other details and feel free to email with any questions. I hope to see you there!
Laser Fleet 10 Captain
The Crab Claw Regatta, the Laser Fleet’s last regatta of the year, was a prime example of the mercurial ways of the Chesapeake Bay weather systems. Turnout was lighter than usual due to a pretty dismal weather forecast. We were looking at a modest 4 knot forecast on Saturday and a positively dismal 0-1 knot forecast for Sunday. I was pleased to see the 19 boats that showed up over the two days in spite of the outlook. The Race Committee, led by PRO Juliet Thompson, did a great job over the two days in very difficult conditions.
Saturday started out with a light easterly breeze enabling the RC to get one race off before the breeze died. We floated around in the motorboat chop off Bembe Beach for a couple of hours waiting for breeze. By two o’clock it had filled in, veering around to the southeast; the RC was right on top of it and put together two decent races before calling it a day. The crabs and cold beer were waiting at the dock. Sailors enjoyed the dinner, drinks and camaraderie until it was time to crawl off to bed. There was some talk of a repeat of last week’s one-day regatta as the forecast for Sunday remained unpromising, 0-1 with a 180 degree shift in the middle of the day.
Sunday saw a reduced fleet (5 Radials and 9 Standard rigs) due to the forecast. Although the sun was shining without a cloud in the sky and the temperature was delightful, the flags were hanging limply from the yardarm. The RC wisely counseled postponing ashore and we agreed to give it until eleven or twelve o’clock before throwing in the towel. Jonathon Phillips and Bill Lawson jumped in their Lasers anyway and went out to see if the slight harbor breeze would improve further out. Luke and Steve launched their kayaks for a change of pace. By about ten thirty a fairly consistent wind line could be seen spreading across the bay. That was enough to scramble the RC, get boats rigged and see a parade of Lasers set out to the course. The RC managed to get in four decent races in 6-8 knots before two o’clock.
In the Standard fleet it was Jon Deutsch adding one more bullet to the three bullets from Saturday with a six race total score of 10, followed by Luke Shingledecker with 15 and Jonathon Phillips (with a bullet in the last race) close behind at 18. The Radial fleet saw an outstanding effort by Phillip Schofield and Dorian Haldeman who were dead-even at 9 points over six races. Each sailor had three bullets and three second place finishes. The tie breaker came down to the throw-out race with Phillip’s 3 trumping Dorian’s 4. In third place was Adam Wolnikowski from the Susquehanna Yacht Club.
Annapolis Performance Sailing graciously sponsored the regatta, providing a number of gift certificates for the lucky sailors that remained and Sandy Westphal provided some very cool and useful sail bags as door prizes.
Severn Sailing Association is hosting the Annual Crab Claw Regatta on the 27th and 28th of September this year. This event is a great opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Annapolis in the fall, eat Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab and race Lasers with competitors from up and down the east coast. Early registration will guarantee a regatta hat and save you money to boot. Two days of racing are planned along with crabs, drinks and dinner on the upper deck after racing on Saturday.
Visit the event page for the NOR and all the information on how to register.
It was consistency that paid off for Mike Russom (GWYC) and Jessica Bennett(DCYC) in winning the Standard and Radial District 11 Championships at Severn Sailing Association. The light winds and often lumpy seas challenged the competitors and made it anyone’s race. 34 Standard rigs and 9 Radials completed 6 races out in the Chesapeake Bay.
Saturday’s weather started out with cool temperatures, and overcast skies with a 12-14 knot breeze. After numerous recalls and restarts by the standard fleet – the first race was finally started having been started under black flag. The Radial fleet started their first race with 6 of the 9 boats OCS in what would become the drop race for many. By the 2nd upwind leg the wind was under 10 knots the left over seas were tough to get through.
In the 2nd race the wind dropped a little more and so did the waves. By now all starts were under black flag. Mike Russom would go on to put up a 4-1-2 to lead day 1 followed by Eric Reitinger (BBYC) just behind him with 2-2-5. Margaret Podlich (SSA) stayed out of trouble and led the Radial fleet with 1-4-7.
Following racing the sailors enjoyed a crab feast – what else would they have at the ‘Crab Claw’ regatta?
Sunday’s racing saw smoother waters and slightly less wind. Jon Deutsch (FBYC), Bill Lawson(SSA) and Brady White (SSA) each took wins in the 3 races for the day in what would lead to a shuffling of the leader board for the Standard fleet. Black flags further shuffled the fleet and keeping others off the podium.
In the Radial fleet Kim Couranz (SSA), Phillip Schofield (AYC) and Jessica Bennett all won races. Jesscia’s final race win along with her 2-4 in the earlier races cemented her as the Radial Champion. Jessica got the triple win as not only the overall champion, but the top female and the top junior. Aaron Helmly finished 2nd while Kim Couranz took 3rd.
With Mike Russom’s win – District 10 sailors have won 3 out of the last 4 District 11 Championships. (Seriously D11 sailors – we need to do something about that!). Brady White followed in 2nd and Jon Deutsch(FBYC) won a tie breaker for 3rd. Karen Long (SSA) was top female and Matthew Menzi top junior in the Standard fleet.
On behalf of District 11 we’d like to thank all of the competitors for coming and making this a great event. And we’d like to thank Steven Cofer and all of the folks a SSA for everything they did for the regatta. And finally, thanks again to the regatta sponsors APS, Fawcett Boat Supplies, BoatUS and Sandy Westphal.
The Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis MD is honored to host the Laser District Championships September 28-29 in our newly renovated clubhouse. Dinner will be served on the beautiful wrap around deck with live music and great views of the Annapolis skyline and the Chesapeake. The newly renovated Dark & Stormy café will be serving their signature drink with homemade ginger beer and a free keg to keep the action going off the water.
Racing will be two days for Lasers, Radials and 4.7s (min 6 boats for a fleet) with ILCA-NA grand prix points available for the top finishers. A significant discount is available for those registering before THURSDAY, September 12, 2013.