Rockport duo captures championship
sailing duo captured the 2003 District 1 Star Class Championship.
The race, composed of 26 teams that competed for the Blue
Star honors last weekend off Sandy Bay Yacht Club, was won by the Rockport team
of Jake Fiumara and Joe Chambers.
Chambers, it was his fifth championship as a crewman. Fiumara is another
veteran sailor who won the event in 2001. The Star Class Championship was a
qualifier for the World Championships.
Different colored stars are awarded according to different levels of sailing
success, beginning with red, green, blue, silver and gold. The latter is
awarded once a year to the Star Class World Champion. Skippers display the
different colored stars on their sails to honor their achievements.
A Green and Blue stars were awarded in Rockport this
Needing to finish one race to
officially complete the series, an early start was scheduled for Sunday. The
overall series stood with Rockport's John Safford and Patrick Bodden in first,
followed by Fiumara and Chambers and Peter Costa and Sergey Leonidov from
With only five points
separating the top five places, it shaped up to be a competitive battle for the
series. There were many lead changes throughout the day. As the boats turned
for the finish line, defending champion Ben Cesare and Peter Manion led.
Fiumara and Chambers were second, Boston Harbor's Mike Kalin and Greg Dolan
were third, Josh Phypers and Dave Timberlake were fourth and Safford and Bodden
If the positions held, Fiumara
and Chambers would be winners. If a boat passed them or if Safford and Bodden
passed two boats, they would win. With 200 yards to the finish, it looked like
it was anyone's race. Safford and Bodden passed a boat and Kalin and Dolan were
gaining on Fiumara and Chambers. However, it was too little too late as the
Rockporters held on by half a boat length to take second place in the race and
win the overall series.
Fiumara and Chambers
edged fellow Rockporters Safford and Bodden in a tiebreaker for their second
Blue Star. Ben Cesare and Peter Manion were third overall and Kalin and Dolan
took the Green Star division.
Friday, the first
day of racing, had some difficult weather, and the first race was canceled as
thunderstorms and 30 mph winds came through the course in the afternoon.
Finally, the Race Committee canceled all races, and everyone sailed to Sandy
Bay Yacht Club without getting a race in the books.
The fleet was more optimistic Saturday morning as three
races were scheduled. However, light and variable winds made it a difficult and
long day. The first race saw Rockport's Jim Kubik and Mason Browne battle for
first against Kalin and Dolan. In the end Kalin and Dolan were able to secure
The second race saw more of the
same conditions. Fiumara and Chambers put together an impressive display. They
got out to a huge lead at the midpoint and were able to maintain their position
to take the race. Tony Rey and Doug Brophy, of Newport, R.I., finished second,
and Safford and Bodden took third.
race of the day was canceled. Soon, a thick fog rolled in, and the many support
boats towed the fleet into the harbor from the race course about three miles