Marion sailors take first at junior regatta

Jul 12, 2022

DARTMOUTH – There was big success over the weekend for junior racers Jonnie Ciffolillo and Drew Mastovsky of the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, who took first place in 420 races in the New Bedford Junior Regatta.

The 420 races are made up of two-person dinghies. The Marion team won by a wide margin, scoring 15 points. The second-place team scored 40.

The sailors took the Padanaram Harbor for the regatta, which is in its 27th year at the Elm Street Yacht Club and open to young sailors up to age 18.

Waters were a bit choppy to kick off the first day of sailing on July 9, but that didn’t seem to faze the seafarers.

Conditions cleared up a bit for the second day of races on July 10, although that didn’t stop a few sailors from capsizing in the bay.

“That’s part of [sailing],” said event chair Jennifer Vescio.

Mariners raced in two types of boats: individual Optimist competitions and teams of two on the 420s. There were no entries for the single laser radials this year.

While there was one fewer class of boat, attendance for the regatta rebounded a bit following last year’s drop in numbers. According to Vescio, this year saw 219 sailors compete.

“Things are getting back to normal,” she said.