Bengt Johansson and the crew from Zig Zag won a very tightly contested J/109 East Coast Championship. The J/109 East Coast Championship was held at the Red Grant Regatta hosted by Raritan YC on July 11&12 as part of RYC’s 150 year celebration. Nine boats from New England, Long Island Sound, Chesapeake and New Jersey raced in the regatta. Full results are available at this link.
Both days had a light Southeast breeze in a strong cross current. After about an hour postponement on Saturday the race committee managed to get two races off before the wind dropped below 3 knots. Racing was very tight with Rosalita, Mad Dogs and Zig Zag tied for first and Morning Glory and Emoticon tied for fourth after the first day.
Sunday the postponement was a bit longer before the breeze settled in at about 5 knots. Racing was again very tight with several boats leading at some point. At the second windward mark the wind got very light and the leader Rosalita briefly got stuck in a hole and got passed by Cosmo, Morning Glory and Zig Zag setting up for Zig Zag to win the regatta with Rosalita second and Morning Glory third.
The Zig Zag crew included the entire Johansson family including Bengt & Marie with sons Oscar & Victor and four other friends.
The East Coast Championship was the third event in the 2015 East Coast Regatta series that included the mandatory National Championship at Block Island Race Week, the 2015 NOOD Regatta at Annapolis YC, and the 2015 East Coast Championship at Raritan YC. This trophy was awarded to Bill Sweetser and his Rush crew for capturing first place at the NOOD Regatta and second place at the 2015 J/109 North American Championship.