Interlodge and Peacemaker YCC class winners in Block Island

29 June 2019

  Only half a point separated the top two boats in ORC 1 going into the last race of the Storm Trysail Club’s 2019 biennial edition of Block Island Race Week. Interlodge IV, the Botin 44 owned by Austin and Gwen Fragomen, got a poor start then fouled another boat and had to perform a penalty turn – ultimately finishing 10th in Race 8.

“We had a really bad first race and burned up all our wiggle room,” boat captain and bowman Kris Matthews said. “We had to pull it all together for the final race because we had put ourselves in a must-win situation.” Tactician Tom Burnham and navigator Geoff Ewenson led the way as Interlodge IV responded the way one would expect of a big-time professional team, winning Race 9 to pull out the victory. Tschuss, a Ker 40 skippered by Christian Zugel, finished fifth in the final race and was runner-up by 4 ½ points.

“It was 100 percent solid rebound by the team,” Matthews said. “Tommy and Geoff worked really well together to get us a great start. We came off the line in a dominant position and were able to catch that first shift then extend.” Fragomen praised Tschuss and the Swan 42 Impetuous for pushing Interlodge IV the entire regatta. Interlodge IV was presented the Everett B. Morris Memorial Trophy for best overall performance at Block Island Race Week. It was a repeat of 2013 when the Fragomens also earned that award, which established in 1967 and rededicated in 1991.

“We are very pleased with this victory because it was hard-earned, that’s for certain. It was nip-and-tuck right up until the end,” Fragomen said. “It was a very exciting regatta and everyone on the boat did a great job. We really enjoy coming to Block Island. It’s a terrific venue for sailboat racing and a very nice place to visit.” Peacemaker YCC, a Ker 11.5, completed an impressive performance in ORC 2 by winning both races on Friday. Skipper Leo Vasiliev and crew began the regatta with a fourth, but then won six of the last seven races in totaling 12 points. Defending champion Teamwork, the J/122 owned by Robin Team, led the class after the first day, but could not keep pace with Peacemaker YCC.

Vasiliev said the YCC stands for Youth Challenge as four of the crew attend the Webb Institute in Glen Cove, New York, a prestigious naval architecture and marine engineering school. Those students were Ben Lilly (offside trimmer), Matt Kepner (main trimmer), Ben Hunt (pit) and Ben Loncharich (mast). Richard Royce, a professor at the Webb Institute, served as tactician. Nick Nilsen, a professional with One Sails, worked the bow. “We’re extremely pleased and feel very fortunate to come out on top in a very talented class,” Royce said.



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