James Island Open
James Island Yacht Club – Fleet 429
Charleston, South Carolina
June 17–18, 2017
Pos Sail# HelmName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Net
1 14701 Carter Cameron HYC/CYC (12.0) 3.0 1.0 3.0 4.0 10.0 2.0 35.0 23.0
2 14728 Elaine Parshall  CSC (15.0) 4.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 10.0 39.0 24.0
3 15345 Jim Harris  CYC/NC 3.0 8.0 4.0 2.0 (9.0) 7.0 1.0 34.0 25.0
4 15116 Will Sloger HYC 5.0 9.0 5.0 (15.0) 1.0 3.0 5.0 43.0 28.0
5 15381 David Van Cleef CSC 1.0 2.0 3.0 8.0 (12.0) 12.0 3.0 41.0 29.0
6 14495 Joe Pitcavage HYC 7.0 1.0 (13.0) 1.0 5.0 8.0 9.0 44.0 31.0
7 10810 Will Tyner   4.0 6.0 (7.0) 7.0 3.0 5.0 6.0 38.0 31.0
8 15557 Lenny Krawcheck CYC 6.0 10.0 9.0 5.0 8.0 1.0 (11.0) 50.0 39.0
9 15580 Mark Marenakos JIYC 8.0 5.0 10.0 6.0 10.0 4.0 (14.0) 57.0 43.0
10 12957 Paul Whitesides ChYC 2.0 7.0 (15.0) 10.0 11.0 6.0 8.0 59.0 44.0
11 13897 Ryan Hamm  JIYC 10.0 (14.0) 11.0 9.0 13.0 9.0 4.0 70.0 56.0
12 14636 Drew Lisicki JIYC 9.0 13.0 6.0 (14.0) 6.0 11.0 12.0 71.0 57.0
13 14817 Batton Kennon BYC 11.0 11.0 14.0 12.0 (15.0) 13.0 7.0 83.0 68.0
14 14688 William T Jones Jr   14.0 (17.0) 12.0 11.0 7.0 14.0 13.0 88.0 71.0
15 15141 Catie Yeager ChYC 13.0 12.0 8.0 13.0 (16.0) 15.0 15.0 92.0 76.0
16 13941 Christopher Choplin JIYC 17.0 16.0 16.0 (18.0 DNC) 14.0 16.0 16.0 113.0 95.0
17 15180 Pam Burke  LLSC 16.0 15.0 (18.0 DNF) 16.0 18.0 DNF 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 119.0 101.0


They wanted a report from someone with a great view of all the action. SpiderPig sure did. We pulled out our old boat, and it took a while to get it going, so our view was of all the action in front of us. What a bunch of action.

17 boats and by far the biggest fleet followed by the Open Bics (go Juniors!). Good staring lines and good courses and the perfect sea breeze made for some great racing. Big shifts made for some big differences from one race to the other. Picking the right side was critical. Consistency was critical and hard to achieve. Carter Cameron, Jordan Wiggins, and John Cameron did exactly that, scoring a total of 23 points, with newcomer to the fleet, Elaine Parshall, only one point behind. And then James Harris with one point behind them taking third after taking a circle in one race and losing three boats. Both 1st and second place had 10s in their score and that does not even count their drop. That is how deep our fleet is. I told many people when they asked how I did that the Lightning fleet is the closest and largest racing fleet in Charleston which just makes it fun.

My partner and his wife made for a great weekend as well. Great seeing Carter and the proud dad on Father’s Day eek out the win. His C of C coach, Past Lightning National Champ Greg Fisher, should be proud. 

Special thanks to Carolina YC. We would not have had such a strong fleet without their cooperation. JIYC floating docks are still non-existent which makes the use of the hoist problematic but CYC’s willingness to help its fellow club assured the Lightning fleets dominance in the regatta numbers wise and competition wise. I truly believe it needs a little tweaking on JIYC’s part but next year doing the same thing with our fleet might be the way to work it. And as an active member of JIYC I really appreciate you guys showing up in large numbers to support our event.
Sail fast, often, and have fun!

Coach Hamm