McCarthy sails to win in Saturday opener

The winds of change were blowing in Quinn McCarthy’s favour.
Three days after finishing third to Ron Bowman and his vessel “In Tune” in regular spring series racing last Wednesday night, McCarthy guided his boat “Sedna” to a comeback victory over Bowman in the Sand Point Island race—the opening event of the Rendezvous Yacht Club’s Saturday schedule.
Using some savvy late-race strategy, McCarthy navigated a shorter route through the small islands surrounding Big American Island to gain the edge he needed to hit the finish line first in a time of 6:36.38—40 seconds ahead of Bowman, who took second.
Light winds forced Tanzer 22 captains Todd Hamilton (“Through”) and Colin Hewitt (“Ariba”) to withdraw from the race halfway through, leaving McCarthy and Bowman to engage in a marathon of lead changes and constant wind adjustments.
Bowman had the advantage as the boats sped across Swell Bay, but could not fend off a determined McCarthy, whose tacking ability throughout the race was a key to his success.
Meanwhile, last Wednesday’s fourth race of the spring series was highlighted by Bowman’s first win of the year after a pair of runner-up finishes and a third-place showing.
Bowman brought “In Tune” home in a time of 40:42 for the seven-leg race, which was extended from its originally-scheduled five legs after strong winds convinced race committee members to stretch out the evening’s competition.
Hewitt took second in 42:51 while McCarthy was the length of a skipped rock behind in third at 42:59. Hamilton, who led the spring series entering the fourth week, fell behind early and wound up fourth in 47:48.
The spring series resumes today at 6:30 p.m. while the Saturday series picks up again June 28 with the annual Canada Day race, departing from the dock at La Place Rendez-Vous Hotel at 10 a.m.