Carrter Pearce Continues Family Dominance in Radial Class at SCYC Junior Commodore Regatta

Jul 12, 2017
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

With his brother, Carrson, now at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Carrter Pearce was left to carry on the family tradition of youth sailing dominance at a local level. So far this summer, Carrter is 1-for-1 after scoring a second-place finish behind C.J. Araujo in the final race of the Junior Commodore Regatta at Surf City Yacht Club on July 6 and swiping the overall title for the Laser Radial class.

“It’s sad that I didn’t get to race against Carrson,” said Carrter, who finished second to his brother in last year’s Junior Commodore Laser event. “This is the first regatta in a long time that I was sailing without him there. But I’m super happy I won, and it’s certainly cool that we both have won it now.”

After the first two races, during which he finished fourth in both, Pearce grabbed the first spot ahead of Araujo to pull into a tie. In the fourth race, Pearce again took the top spot while Araujo finished fourth. Following the last race, the worst of their results were dropped from the board and Pearce ended up a point ahead. He ended up with eight points while Araujo totaled nine.

Another SCYC sailor, Michael Pinto, who led in the standings after the first two races, ended in third place with 10 points. Cameron Giblin (12 points), Michael Ehnot (19) and Lauren Ehnot (22) – all of Surf City Yacht Club – completed the sweep of the top-six positions. Surf City’s William Lusty was the only other local among the top 10, finishing ninth overall with 32 points.

Meanwhile, Bridget Green, one of Surf City Yacht Club’s young women who is fast becoming a dominator in her class, won the first three races of the Optimist-class event and easily cruised to the title with five points, three ahead of SCYC’s Ryan Ehnot, who won the last two races of the day.

Barnegat Light Yacht Club’s Patrick Kunz was third out of the Blue Fleet with 12 points, while Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club’s Drew D’Orsi took fourth overall with 15 points, and SCYC’s Everett Botwinick placed fifth overall with 22 points. The Optimist top-10 was rounded out by LEHYC’s Adra Ivancich in sixth, SCYC’s Sam Mercurio in seventh, Spray Beach Yacht Club’s Spencer Glau in eighth, and LEHYC’s Teddy Scott and William McGlynn in ninth and 10th.

In the C420 class, the Surf City Yacht Club tandem of Declan Botwinick and Brooke Schmelz took second during the first two races and first during the last two races to grab the top spot with six points, two points ahead of SCYC’s Brielle Willoughby and Tommy Green and four ahead of SCYC’s Ian Willoughby and Sam Reisbord. Jessica Boetticher and Sophie Lusty of SCYC were fourth with 12 points, while Barnegat Light Yacht Club’s Jake Hoagland and Maddie Demming took fifth with 17 points.

Interestingly, with the Sunfish boats, SCYC’s Christian Pagan ended up in the first position on tiebreaker criteria after he and SCYC’s Bryce Merrill and Matthew Began all finished with seven points. Pagan’s second-place finish in the final race was the difference in deciding the tiebreaker after he and Merrill, who was third in the last race, each tallied a pair of firsts, a second and a third during the first four races.

In the Laser 4.7 class, Island Heights Yacht Club’s Mack Totman easily won with five points, while Brant Beach Yacht Club’s Clark Telfeian took second with 13 points and BBYC’s Emily Amspacher (14 points) and Sullivan Smith (17 points) finished third and fourth, respectively, just ahead of SBYC’s Alex Bentley, who was fifth with 19 points.

David Biggy

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