By Art Petrosemolo
Red Bank – John Luard, sailing with wife Toni Gahn, won the 21st Flying Scot Full Moon Regatta at the Monmouth Boat Club over a field of 21 competitors. Light, variable winds, tested both the sailors and the race committee as only three races were sailed on the Navesink River off of Red Bank.
Luard, who won the regatta in 2002, put together a fourth place finish in race one, a win in race two and a third place finish in race three for eight points. Luard topped 2011 Full Moon winner Dan Vought. Vought, sailing with daughters Samantha and Alexandria, had a third, second and sixth for 11 points.
Flying Scot boat builder Harry Carpenter, sailing out of the Deep Creek Yacht Club in Western Maryland and sailing with Melany Bunham, Greater New York Flying Scot District Governor, finished third. After winning the first race, Carpenter had a third and an eighth place finish.
MBC’s Denis Farley, Thom Lee, David Watts and Bernard Friel finished in the fourth through seventh slots giving MBC sailors six of the top seven positions.
A warm day with light westerly breezes greeted the 21 skippers and crew as they sailed to the starting line Saturday morning. Principal Race Officer Sandy Huntsman set a twice around Olympic triangle course for the competitors. Carpenter sailed away from the fleet to win the first race in winds that averaged no more than five miles per hour.
The winds lightened for race two, a shorter once-around Olympic triangle, which kept the fleet close with Regatta winner Luard taking line honors.
In the first race of the afternoon, teasing winds built for the start but quickly dropped to what the sailors describe as a “drifter” with MBC’s Thom Lee ghosting to the win.