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7th Annual Keith Dinsmoor Trophy Regatta

October 5-6, 2019

Photo credit: Sigal Petersen

The seventh edition of the Dinsmoor Trophy was run over the October 5-6th weekend.  This also happened to be Keith Dinsmoor’s 81st Birthday.  As junior sailors gathered in Lahaina, the evening parties doubled as birthday celebrations complete with cake and song!

Originally established as a challenge from Hawaii Kai Boat Club (HKBC) to promote youth racing between Lahaina Yacht Club (LYC) and HKBC, for many junior sailors, the Dinsmoor is their first real regatta.   The two-day event has evolved into an annual gathering of youth (and not so youth) sailors from several Hawaiian clubs eager to race and socialize. This year featured Open Skiff, RS Feva and, new to the regatta, Windfoils.

Saturday dawned with typical Lahaina conditions of 3-6 knots out of the south.  Five races were run in all fleets, including the (non-foiling) windfoils. Standout sailors of the day were LYC’s Mac Millen (13+) with 4 wins out of 5 races. Hot on his heels were Makani Andrews (U13), Cameron Barra (U13) and Otis Buckingham (13+). RS Feva was a mixed fleet of adult and youth sailors with hotly-contested starts and mark roundings. The Windfoils were on displacement mode the entire day as they did their best to get around the course.

Sunday looked to be a repeat of Saturday… until it wasn’t. What a difference a day makes!   The fleet was held onshore while the mark were set and RC sussed out the changing conditions.  When the sailors were allowed to launch, they were met with 8-12 knots of northerly wind and a flat racecourse.  The start line became a bit busier with the higher speeds and longer track.  

The standout sailors of Saturday continued to shine, but with added competition from sailors like Nico Perez and Thomas Busch. The Fevas were in full plane reaching mode. JP Lattanzi put on a show windfoiling and lapped the other fleets with ease. He showed that this new class can be here to stay with the right conditions and some competition!    At one point, the young racers were faced with quite a distraction as a huge pod of spinner dolphins fed within the marks.   

The awards were handed out at the Lahaina Yacht Club to much applause, a great taco bar, and yet another rendition of Happy Birthday for Keith Dinsmoor!  A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers, LYC staff and parents for all the support.  

Open Skiff (U13)                        Windfoil               

1st – Cameron Barra                        1st JP Lattanzi

2nd – Makani Andrews

3rd- Weston Otterson

Open Skiff (13+)                        Feva (Youth)

Nora Barnett/Lillian Palmore

1st – Otis Buckingham

2nd – Mac Millen

3rd – Thomas Busch

Overall Dinsmoor Trophy – Cameron Barra

Dinsmoor 2019 Photos by Sigal Petersen online at the following links:


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