Host Pass Christian Yacht Club, behind a spectacular sailing performance Saturday, held off Southern Yacht Club on Sunday to win the 80th annual Knost Regatta.
Pass entered Sunday’s competition in this all-women’s regatta with a four-point lead over Bay-Waveland Yacht Club. Defending champion Southern Yacht Club tried for a come-from-behind win, buoyed by two victories on Sunday by skipper Kaity Potts. But Pass held off the challenge, winning by one point over SYC.
Pass, which had a third-place and fourth-place finish on Sunday, finished with 14 points. SYC finished with 15 points, Bay-Waveland 16 points and Buccaneer YC of Mobile 18 points in the six-race, nine-team event.
It was the final Knost Regatta to be sailed in Flying Scots. The Gulf Yachting Association will be competing in Vipers next year in one-design regattas, so next year’s Knost will use the Viper sailboats.
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“Yesterday (Saturday), we won the first three races,’’ said Pass team captain and skipper Shelly McNair. “Today we had to play it safe. It was a very competitive regatta with some tight sailing. Southern sailed two great races today and got two firsts.’’
Pass’ winning skippers on Saturday were Helen Charbonnet, Leslie Dane and Shelly McNair. McNair skippered both races on Sunday.
Amy Kleinschrodt of Buccaneer YC was the other winning skipper on Saturday.
“Today we had lighter winds out of the west which slowly went to the southwest,’’ McNair said. “This is a real treat because it was the 80th year of the Knost. We have a lot of young girls on the team and they will be sailing Vipers next year. Leslie (Dane) and I are excited about the young ladies we have coming up.’’
Southern edged out Pass near the finish line in Sunday’s first race. Bay-Waveland was second, with Pass third, giving both yacht clubs an outside shot at stopping Pass in Sunday’s final race. But McNair only needed to get a fourth for the team win, and she delivered.
Pass Christian Yacht Club will be hosting the Lipton Regatta on Labor Day weekend, capping the one-design season.