Skipper Scott Lawliss and his crew head downwind on Topcat last weekend in the International One Design Labor Day race series. Twelve IODs were on the line in the series, which was won this year by David Rockefeller Jr. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUE CHARLES

Rockefeller, Bacon bring home racing series wins

MOUNT DESERT — David Rockefeller Jr. and Wells Bacon were the winners of the Northeast Harbor Fleet 2015 Labor Day Series in the International One Design and Luders classes, respectively.

The series featured two races Saturday, one headed up Somes Sound from the great harbor and the second back down the sound following a raft-up picnic lunch. Sunday’s race to complete the series was held in the Western Way. A west breeze from the Manset shore was at odds with sea breezes trying to fill in, fleet director Fran Charles said. Helen Bissell and “Chief Gunner” Will Henry were on the race committee for the day.

“Rockefeller’s Caribou was working the shifts along with Satin Doll and Mischief trading crosses,” Charles said. “On the run back to Sutton, the poles went forward as the sea breeze took over. The course was shifted to pass the gate and head out to mark L at Seawall Point, back to NEH entrance buoy and a beat to the finish off Rice Point.”

Rockefeller and Caribou won Sunday’s race and the series with a fifth place and two bullets. Liana Folger, at the helm of Acontia, was runner-up with two second-place finishes and a fourth. Mischief, with Bill and Sophie Dowling at the helm, was third. Ryder Henry and Gambler took fourth in the series after a bullet in the first race.

The close competition was good practice for the sailors, who are in Nantucket this week participating in the IOD World Championship Regatta.

In Luders racing Sunday, Wells and Mary Bacon sailing Mary Jane were locked in a tight battle with Jim Fernald on SeaBee.

“They really showed great teamwork with exceptional spinnaker sets and douses around the race track,” Charles said. “With their victory, they hauled in the talented youth on Surprise led by Connor Ratcliff to win the tie breaker and the series for the Luders Class.”

Mary Jane was first on the series, Surprise was second, and SeaBee was third. Wellie Bacon, sailing Domino, was fourth in the series, nearly tied with Tom Rolfes on Palladin in fifth. Ken Brookes on Sweet Chariot and Kate St. Denis and Art Paine on North were sixth and seventh, respectively.

A reception after sailing Sunday was held at the Fleet House with almost all contestants of both classes in attendance.

Luders racing, hosted by the Southwest Harbor Fleet, continues through Oct. 10. Those races are held Fridays at 1:30 p.m.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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