The Cherry Pie Multihull Regatta is a relatively new event at the SSS, scheduled for the end of January each year. The Corsair performance multihull racers were looking for a winter venue and decided the hospitality of the Squadron and sailing conditions Sarasota Bay offered were the perfect fit for their needs. Last year 18 Corsairs completed 10 races over a 3 day period. The fleets were split into PHRF low, PHRF high and Sprint 750. It was a great regatta with avid Corsair sailors from all over the USA in attendance.
This is what Larry Geller and the crew of “Third Tri 2. ” wrote about last years event
“We just finished our first major regatta on our new Sprint 750 MKII, THIRD TRI 2. As the name implies, this is actually the fourth tri that I have owned with my good friend Brian Broad. We started racing back in 1999 on our 27, and spent a lot of time at the back of the fleet. Over the years and as we moved to a 36, then the original Sprint, we began doing better, and started getting some top 3 finishes. We were excited about these, but still felt like we were a step behind the top boats in our fleet.
We took delivery of our new boat in October, and felt like we really had a chance to do well in this year's Cherry Pie Regatta. The sails were new, the bottom was polished and the boat was light and fast. We had great speed, and were able to sail high on the upwind legs and deep going downwind. This, plus some great crew work (both tactical and sail handling) from Brian and my son Joe gave us a win in the first race, and had us only one point out of first (behind Speedster) going into the last day of the regatta! The first race on Sunday was a nail biter, with Speedster winning the start, and several lead changes.
At one leeward rounding, we were so close that we didn't have room to turn down to do our planned windward spinnaker strip. We made a last second choice to drop the sail on the starboard side, figuring that we would just do a gybe-set at the next windward mark. As we sailed upwind, Joe suggested that he could move the bag to the other side - we NEVER do this, as it is just too easy for the lines to get twisted, but we knew that we were in a close race and told him to go for it. When we got to the windward mark, he and Brian hoisted the spin and WOW - a perfect set and we were ahead on the last downwind, and went on to win the race by only 24 seconds! In race two, we had a better start, but again swapped positions with Speedster a few times before taking the final lead. This put us a few points up and sealed our first ever win in a major regatta!
The victory was sweetened by the congratulations that we received from the other competitors. We are all part of the Corsair racing "family", having spent many weekends together over the past years, and celebrating with them make the win even more special. We know that they will be gunning for us at the next regatta, and can't wait to go at it again”
Larry Geller, Brian Broad & Joe Geller
Need more information? See the following :
For Registration Information, Calendar, Results, and Regatta History (Note: Regatta Network is typically updated 90 days prior to the event), see Regatta Network
For the event day specifics and related social activities, see the Sarasota Sailing Squadron Calendar
For information on Squadron facilities, local accommodations, restaurants, directions, etc. see Visiting Sailors
Cherry Pie Multihull Photos and videos by Phil Styne are available at these links.
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