The Newport Harbor Yacht Club hosted the 2016 Baxter Bowl Regatta Father’s Day Weekend. Six races were sailed over two days in beautiful but tricky sailing conditions.
Day one was dominated by the team of Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise who started strong with three bullets in the 10-14 knot westerly with heavy chop and swells. Once ashore the fleet enjoyed sliders and a keg provided by NHYC and decided Eric and Payson must sail with a bailer tied to their rudder for the second day.
Day two brought expectations of more wind and seas, but shortly after the start the wind shut off leaving crews battling up current in shifty wind and pounding waves. The race committee shortened the race and re-set the course as they saw new breeze coming. The fifth and sixth races were sailed in a building 14-18 knot westerly with big swells providing for great surfing off the wind.
Andy Macdonald and Brad Nichol won day two with a 1, 1, 4, but Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise prevailed after shaking off a 10th place in the first race to win the final race and the regatta. Macdonald/Nichol finished one point back in second with locals Jim Buckingham and Craig Moss in third. In fourth place was the father/stepson team of Ben Mitchell/Julian Busch and fifth was the son/father team of Danny and Paul Cayard.
Thank you to the NHYC race committee who ran a great event getting six races completed with multiple line adjustments and course changes. On shore refreshments were appreciated by the sailors.