For the third time over six years, Skipper George Harrington and First Mate Christopher Rodriguez, both of Fair Haven, took home the Mayor’s Cup. Harrington has taken home the top prize two other times before the pair began sailing together in 2017. The field of boats sailed in moderate conditions on the Navesink River launched from the docks of the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club on the morning of July 3.
The Fair Haven duo scooped up honors in three categories at the regatta. Sailing “Bolt” they swept the One Design Fleet, the Mayor’s Cup and the NJYRA Mallory Cup awards.
“Maritime traditions and water sports on the Navesink are time honored in Fair Haven. Our community shares a special connection with the water whether it’s relaxing at the beach or fishing on the banks of our rivers and ponds,” said Rodriguez, Borough Council president. “We love to spend time on the river, and I am proud to be part of this annual tradition of friendly competition.”
Other winners included Sam Oncea skippering the “Confiscated” in the Cruising Fleet category. They younger sailors competed in the 420 and Opti categories where Charlotte Richards of “Filet” and Lucas Kentrowitz of “The Situation” took top honors, respectively.
The Mayor’s Cup Regatta is held annually and brings together many from the peninsula and surrounding communities to enjoy the time-honored tradition on the Navesink. This was the 10th race for the Mayor’s Cup, which was started concurrent with the centennial celebration of Fair Haven in 2012 (no race in 2020).
The “bridge” race was open to all sailboats and used the Portsmouth Handicap system (a universally accepted way to normalize times/scores of widely differing types of sailing vessels). The bridge race was comprised of various fleets including Cruising, One Design, Optimist and 420 classes. The race was held between the Oceanic Bridge and Lewis Point under ideal racing conditions.