Mystic Lake Open
Winchester, MA, USA, October 3, 2021. Final results after 6 races (1 discard):
- Cam Fraser & Liz Fraser, 5
- Scarlett MacRae & Jocko MacRae, 16
- Julia Shannon-Grillox & Lucy Belknap, 22
- Bob Coyle & Ken Delpapa, 26
- Ted Keenan & Scarlett, 26
|Position||Sail #||Skipper||Crew||Club||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Total|
|1||30903||Cam Fraser||Liz Fraser||MBC||1||1||1||1||1||5|
|2||31685||Scarlett MacRae||Jocko MacRae||WBC||2||2||5||4||3||16|
|3||29499||Julia Shannon-Grillox||Lucy Belknap||Tufts||4||7||6||3||2||22|
|4||28542||Bob Coyle||Ken Delpapa||MBC||8||3||8||2||5||26|
|6||28442||Sue Lodico||Jan Tabor||WBC||2||10||11||1||4||28|
|7||31566||Joel Zackin||Ben Braverman||QYC||8||4||2||8||7||29|
|8||31280||Adam Rousmaniere||Jen Rousmaniere||WBC||6||3||4||12||8||33|
|9||31508||Bridget Waitrowski||Jeremiah McCarthy||WBC||10||6||5||4||13||38|
|10||29727||Julia Fuller||Sara Makaretz||WBC||9||11||8||7||9||44|
|12||30470||Kerry O’Brien||Ann Walt||9||6||15||10||14||54|
|14||25412||Samantha Jensen||Leo Terry||Tufts||11||12||15||10||9||57|
|15||3040||Ian Mutnick||Olin Mutnick||WBC||12||15||11||12||11||61|
|16||29008||Venkat Chalasani||Adrian Chalasani||WBC||13||16||16||14||13||72|
|17||29972||Pete Bronk||Gabe Bronk||14||17||17||17||17||82|
The 2021 Mystic Lake Open – At Last!
by Martin Fraser
Our 47th annual regatta was held to great success despite some minor impediments. For the first time ever, this September Medford Boat Club tradition was held in October due to 2 MAJOR events being held locally. The North American Championship hosted by Jubilee Yacht Club in Beverly, and the Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship held at Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop pretty much consumed the entire month – dictating that our gathering be pushed off to October 2-3.
This necessary accommodation did impact our attendance. Between the date change and pandemic, we were happy to have 17 boats on the line. Saturday brought a nice if slightly shifty Southwesterly and our fleet was joined on the lake by a couple dozen Tufts collegiate boats sailing in the Lark Invite making for an exciting sailing scene! Race committee chr Art Rousmaniere managed to set some very good courses while avoiding excessive entanglements and with the able assistance of Scott Fraser, Susan Bronk and Teresa Mathai races went off without a hitch!
Newlyweds Cam and Liz Fraser showed that married life suits them as they knocked off 2 firsts before we broke for lunch. They were followed by Sue Lodico and Jan Tabor, second, and M Fraser and crew Ali in the first and by Co-Skippers Scarlett and Jocko MacRae(past MLO champ) and Son/Mom team Adam and Jen Rousmaniere (also a past champ). A leisurely lunch arranged by Bob Coyle was finally curtailed by Art’s harbor gun and we returned to the same breeze, solid in direction, if a bit puffier. RC pulled off 3 more races in efficient fashion and Cam and Liz were unrelenting, ripping off 2 more firsts (one by more than half a leg on the W-4 course!) – they were relegated to 5th in the 5th race, recovering from an OCS. Race 3 saw Team MacRae with another second and Bob Coyle and crew Ken Delpapa third. The 4th race featured the Travel Distance award winner, Joel Zackin with crew Ben Braverman in second and Ted Keenan with crew Scarlett third. In race 5, team Lodico/Tabor were again able to shine, leading wire to wire for the only First not taken by cam and Liz. Tufts sailing team of Julia Shannon-Grillox and Lucy Belknap took second with Team MacRae third.
That was enough sailing for one day and the fleet retired to appetizers and beverages followed by an excellent meal of Chinese food – many sailors expressed pleasure that the MLO had reverted to its traditional Chinese fare for the dinner. Immediately after diner the sailors adjourned to the Bocci Courts for the one unifying tradition of the MLO – the Bocci Tournament! Cam and Liz, under the watchful eye of Joel Zackin, organized a spirited contest, keeping all sailors and volunteers involved until a championship team was declared – the Joel and Ben Braverman took the honors!
Sunday brough a different story – the 10:00 start time seemed feasible and boats got on the line greeted by a lighter Northerly. RC got the race off, but, as our late regatta founder Jim Fraser used to say – “on Sunday morning the wind goes to church!” The breeze slackened and we barely crawled around the W-4 course and paddled to the dock awaiting more favorable conditions. Still Cam and Liz were not to be denied under any conditions and won the race handily, with team Tufts and team MacRae ghosting along behind.
Conditions never convinced the organizers that fair racing could be offered and after waiting an hour the 3 blasts were sounded and sailors proceeded to enjoy lunch and beer and wine.
Trophies were awarded, including some very nice shirts and canvas bags donated by Venkat and Tanya Chalasani (Thank You!) which went to the Top Junior, shared by Hanna and Scarlett MacRae, and to the Bocci Champions, Joel and Ben – well done.
In a special moment it was noted that the perpetual trophy, the Commodore James Hugh Fraser Trophy, was awarded to Jim’s Grandson Cam and wife Liz – which would have made him most proud.
Martin Fraser, Chr.