56th Long John Regatta
Monmouth Boat Club – Fleet 70
Red Bank, New Jersey
April 29–30, 2017
Pos Skipper Crew 1 Crew 2 Sail # R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1 Justin Coplan Danielle Prior Ian Sanderson 15536 1 2 2 1 1 3 10
2 Mitch Hnatt Ryan Stagaard Colleen Kenedy 15439 2 3 1 3 2 2 13
3 Keith Taboada Sandy Wittman Russ Schon 15464 6 1 9 5 8 1 30
4 David Watts Robert Watts Johanna Schon 15365 5 9 4 6 3 5 32
5 Jack Huntsman John Huntsman Paul Krzenski 14922 4 5 3 4 10 8 34
6 Bill Bogardus Rob Zerban Stephanie Swann 14719 3 6 5 DNF 4 4 40
7 Dick Hallagan Hendrix TenEyck John Steiner 15555 7 7 7 13 6 6 46
8 Dick Moyer Helen Moyer Chappy Hopkin 15428 8 4 6 9 9 12 48
9 George Harrington Molly Lucyk Christine Lewis 15367 10 8 10 8 7 11 54
10 Ted Duffy Carl Rodenberg Emily Ruiter 14175 9 10 11 2 16 10 58
11 Hugh Hutchison Mark Venables Bob Keppel 15310 12 12 8 10 11 9 62
12 Kyle Hansen Rich Hansen Alex Razzork 13381 13 11 DNF 11 5 14 72
13 Dale Barney Cole Barney Kailey Savacool 15514 14 13 13 7 12 13 72
14 Pat Corr Dr. Hodge Burge Brad Carpenter 15 11 DNF 12 12 13 7 73
15 Nate Hendrickson Rob Dresser Chris     12687 15 15 14 14 17 15 90
16 Rachel Holick Elizabeth Husack Matt Miceli 15122 16 14 15 16 15 17 93
17 Bill Jaeger Rob Nunn Jeanne Mauitzan 15471 17 16 16 15 14 16 94

Justin Coplan Wins His Second MBC Long John Regatta

Story and Photos By Art Petrosemolo

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Justin Coplan, one of the International Lightning Class star sailors, took his second Monmouth Boat Club Long John Regatta championship April 29-30 recording three wins in six races to top two-time winner Mitch Hnatt of Metedeconk River Yacht Club who won the event a year ago.Hnatt had two firsts, two seconds and two thirds in the event,Coplan finished with 10 points to Hnatt’s 12.Hnatt won the regatta in 2008 and 20014. Coplan won in 2015 and finished second in 2016.

A force in the United States Lightning Class for more than a decade, Coplan burst on the scene several years ago winning the New York District championships at MBC against strong competition. He has not looked back since.Coplan who finished second in the 2013 Lightning World Championships as well as in the 2015 PanAm games, representing the United States. He got the Long Johnstarted Saturday with a convincing win in the first race. Weather conditions on the Navesink for Saturday racing was better than the best. Mother Nature delivered sunny skies, winds between 12-15 mph steady from the west, and pleasant temperatures.

Coplan, living in Central Pennsylvania,sailed with long-time crew Danielle Prior and MBC’s Ian Sanderson. He followed his Saturday first race win with two seconds and another first in the final three races of the day.

On Sunday, the wind blew from the East and not at the strength of Saturday’s westerlies, Hnatt and Coplan each won a race and had a second and third respectively.

MBC sent six boats to the line in the two-day event with Past Commodore David Watts finishing fourth and past multi-Long John winner Jack Huntsman fifth. Some 17 boats from the region took part in the regatta, the first one in the area for the Lightning Class. It was the regatta’s 55th renewal of an event started by the late Mary Huntsman. Past Commodore Denis Farley served as the regatta’s principal race officer.