Grizzly Dominates the 14th Annual Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championships…Again
Detroit boat Grizzly completed a dominating performance Sunday to win the 14th Annual Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championships at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Station. This is their second first place finish in the NAC’s, winning two out of the last three years.
Posting a 1-1, Grizzly, skippered by Chuck Bayer, consistently outsailed the fleet and won by an impressive 23 points. Local boat, Maggie Mae, skippered by Peter Wright, placed second and Toronto’s Zingara, skippered by Richard Reid, finished third, overcoming a DNS on the first day. Chicago boats, Tequila Mockingbird, owned by Chris Duhon, and FOG, owned by Charlie Wurtzebach and Mike Bird rounded out the top five for podium finishes. Additionally, Arwen, the Finnish boat, won the Corinthian division.
Jarrett Altmin, fleet captain and 2016 NAC chair, commented “Chuck sailed a near-flawless regatta and is more than deserving of the championship. We saw all possible conditions that Chicago has to offer and finished with perfect sailing. Most importantly, everyone had a great time and the comradery shown by the fleet was incredible. In fact, there were no protests filed during the entire regatta.”
Grizzly’s long-time owner Chuck Bayer, who incidentally was thrown into the lake by his crew, said “CYC is one of the best clubs in the country and the race committee is outstanding. The competition here is at the pinnacle with excellent sailors representing multiple countries. Chicago seems to be a lucky club for us even though our entire crew are members of Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit. In all seriousness, the crew is the reason we do so well. They are exceptional and proved that again in this regatta.”
Congratulations to all three placing boats, as this was a very competetive regatta with a lot of talented crew and skippers.