PERIGEE WINS ORR EAST COAST CHAMPIONSHIP

CJ Bocklet, owner of the Beneteau First 42s7 PERIGEE wrote the following letter of thanks to his UK Sailmakers loft in City Island, New York.

"I just wanted to thank you for all the great sails for PERIGEE. We had a surprising 2016. I just found out we came in first in the Offshore Racing Association's 2016 Offshore Racing Rule East Coast Championship Series. My UK main (Dacron full battens), 155% geona (dacron) and asymmetrical spinnaker were the difference. We had nice finishes in the Edlu, Block Island Race, Newport-Bermuda and the Vineyard Race. Just thought you might like to know."

Charles and CJ Bocklet had an impressive racing season with a young crew that had to convince the Newport Bermuda Race Committee to let them sail in that tough race. They proved their mettle by winning their 10-boat class in the 630-mile Bermuda Race where one third of the fleet didn't start because of a server weather forecast. In their two big races before the Bermuda Race, PERIGEE finished second in class in the 32-mile Edlu Race and third in class in the 180-mile Block Island Race.

The races that were part of the ORR series included: the Block Island Race, New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, Newport Bermuda Race, Anniversary Regatta at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and the Stamford Vineyard Race. Scoring was based on the results of a minimum of two races, with each yacht competing in at least one distance race in order to qualify. Each yacht's score for the Championship Series consisted of the points earned in the qualifying events with the Newport Bermuda Race weighted as one and one half races.