With Hurricane Sandy looming and the memory losing to Boston last year still on their minds, Eastern Yacht Club came into the Halloween Team Race ready to do battle with both the elements and the competition. When the announcement was made that the regatta would be shortened to one day, the team knew that there would be very little margin for error, and after a tough first two races in light wind in the morning, the team was feeling a bit deflated. However, when the they rotated back into the boats for the afternoon, the team raised all parts of its game and won its next five races with a combination of good starts, speed, and fantastic communication across the race course. Surviving the round robin with a record of 5-2, Eastern comfortably qualified for the final four. As the sun began to set and the breeze lightened for the final round, Team EYC posted wins against Vineyard Haven and Noroton before matching up with Bristol for the last race. When Eastern and Bristol met earlier in the day during the round robin, the race had come down to an umpire call at the finish line, so both teams knew that this final race of the regatta would be a tough match. After an exciting start, good work balancing the pairs upwind, and a successful pick at the windward mark, Eastern headed downwind with a stable 1-2 and was able to maintain that controlling position and go on to win the race. With an overall record of 8-2, Eastern Yacht Club claimed victory and the Boardman Bowl for the first time.
The team would like to thank all the people who helped put on such a fantastic event, especially event chair Beanie Eissner, and hopes that this year’s victory begins a tradition at the Halloween Team Race. Congratulations to Tomas Hornos, Scott Alexander, Martha Altreuter, Jen Lambertz, Larry Ehrhardt, Matt Hooks, Debbie Noble, Gretchen Curtis, Spencer Powers, Sam Altreuter, John Boyle, and Megan Watson!