After Monday's two races, defending champion Elliott Wislar took and first and third to establish a lead position that was threatened, but never bested, in the seven ensuing races. His Long Island Sound team repelled heavy assaults from -- first -- Charlie Van Voorhis and -- secondly -- John Burnham's Fishers Island teams, to take overall honors in Friday evening's awards ceremony, proving his close win in 2010's Worlds in Northeast Harbor, Maine was no fluke. He joins 11 other multi-Worlds winners in the 50 Worlds held since the first such international "play-offs" held in 1959, in this class that began sailing competitively in 1936.
As the week progressed, Charlie Van Voorhis improved from 8th and 6th in the first two races, notching firsts in races 3, 5 and 6, to creep within one point of Wislar going into race 7. But he closed out the week with 8-10 & 10, falling to third in the final standings, to John Burnham's 3-4-1 finish that lifted him into second. Marblehead's Bill Widnall produced three second-place finishes for fourth, and Norway's Martin Rygh was the only other twin-bullet finisher, taking fifth.
These 2011 top four trophy winners -- between them -- have garnered 16 World Championship, with Widnall leading the World Class, all-time, with nine, dating back to his first taken in Norway in 1967!
This year's 75th anniversary Jubilee series included eight vintage wooden IODs that held up well in the competitive outcomes, demonstrating that IODs remain a truly classic one-design racing class for the ages. Indeed, the eight "woodies" (42% of the 19-boats racing) collected 16 top three finishes in the 27 available in the nine races, a remarkable 60% of the "money" slots! The Marblehead IOD fleet was augmented by the loan of four IODs each from the Fishers Island and Nantucket fleets, which were transported to the North Shore for the two-week "Jubilee" regattas, consisting of the New England Challenge, finished on the 12th, followed by last week's Worlds.