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A Storm, A Ripped Sail, and A Trophy Cup
The 2023 Oriental Cup Regatta
October 16, 2023

he weekend weather provided an additional challenge for the 2023 Oriental Cup Regatta sailors: heavy weather experience.

Out on the Neuse before the storm.

High winds and waves – plus a ripped sail for one vessel – added additional layers of difficulty for the race. And while not all who registered turned out on the water Saturday afternoon (the weather scared many away), they did get together for dinner, dancing, and sharing stories on Saturday night.

The members, guests, and sailors of the Oriental Cup Regatta – 88 in total – hanging out at the Oriental Marina & Inn after the races.

The weather was such that the two boats that signed up for the Spinnaker Division chose not to go out.

Of those marked DNC (did not come to the starting area), some chose not to go out – or could not go out – due to the weather, one lost a rudder, and yet another had an injury aboard and chose to return home.

JAM Division
1st: Bodacious, J34C, Steve Peters
2nd: Liberi, Cape Dory 30, Joe Jeff Fleming
3rd: Paison, Cape Dory 33, Bill Falquero (PS)
4th: Il Gatto, Nonsuch 30, Joe Valinoti (DNC)
4th: Sugar, Pearson 26, Beth Obenshain (DNC)
4th: Liberty, Ericson, David Poth (DNC)
4th: Con Te Partiro, Tartan 245, James Kirkpatrick (DNC)

Cruising Class – winner gets the Oriental Cup
1st: Ricochet, Jenneau 37, Donn Munn
2nd: Stimulus, Cal 28, Madison Scott
3rd: Whirlwind, Curtis Boyd
4th: Wild Goose, Beneteau 411, Gordon Messer
5th: Mariposa, Mo Jones
6th: Cymbeline, Mirage 39, David Kreutz
7th: Avalon

Curtis Boyd on Whirlwind coming up on the finish line.
A veiw of the Cruising Division race from aboard Ricochet.
Cymbeline ripped her main just before the start, but David Kreutz decided to race her anyway.
The crew of Mariposa, not yet soaked through.
Reefing the main as the storm intensifies.
Madison Scott and Stimulus approaching the finish in second place – cruising division.
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Don Munn and crew with Todd Cox and the Oriental Cup. Winners also took home a canvas bag commemorating the event.

If you win it all, this is the cup: The Oriental Cup.

Story by Allison DeWeese. Photos by Christel Monmoine

Posted Monday October 16, 2023 by Allison DeWeese

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