"What a regatta. We had a bit of everything," said Horton as he hoisted hull 8156, a Lilia, out of the water on a sunny afternoon.
The fleet left the dock in the morning, a 12-15 knot westerly was sweeping white caps and rollers out Long Island Sound from Manhattan. Before leaving, Horton joked with Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn (CAN) that the Canadians should win the North Americans this time. In 2007, Horton and Bjorn went into the final day of the North American Championship in Vancouver with one point separating them. As it turned out, Horton and Brad Nichol won the day and the series over Canadians Ross MacDonald and Kai Bjorn. This time, on US soil, Horton and Erickson proved impossible to catch.
Alberto Zanetti and Gustavo Warburg (ARG) were on fire in their favourite conditions during the first race of the day. They won and Horton and Erickson were right on their tail. The rest of the fleet never really came within striking distance of them. Some considered today's conditions to be perfect while others ended up doing chicken jibes around the offset mark. "The waves were just right for surfing downwind and staying in control," said Horton. While Horton and Erickson had great starts, rounded the first weather mark in the lead or in second and pulled away from those behind them, Clarke and Bjorn were busy picking their way through the top of the fleet one boat at a time, particularly on the runs in their P Star.
2009 Star World Champions George Szabo and Rick Peters (USA) and Peter McChesney and Shane Zwingelberg (USA) were tied with 23 points apiece going into the final two races. Szabo and Peters beat McChesney and Zwingelberg in both of Friday's races and took third in the regatta.
John MacCausland and Kevin Murphy (USA) took fifth on a countback to Eivind Melleby and Petrus Eide (NOR).
An awards ceremony was held at Cedar Point Yacht Club on Friday evening. With all of their first, seconds and thirds, Horton and Erickson and Clarke and Bjorn had quite a trophy haul of half models made by longtime Star Class and local fleet member, Bill Watson and framed racing photos supplied by member and sponsors Allen and Daniella Clark of Photoboat.com.
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