HE HISTORIC MONMOUTH Boat Club, Red Bank, kicked off its 136th season on the Navesink April 12th with spring racing and opening day ceremonies.
Commodore Pat Corr, Leonardo, with fellow MBC officers, raised the American and Club flags to officially open the sea- son. MBC members have been boating on the Navesink since 1879 and today members compete in several one-design fleets while also enjoying the river in cruising boats, rowing shells, powerboats and kayaks.
Prior to opening ceremonies, the first day of racing in the spring series saw 13 boats on the river from three classes. Thom Lee, Middletown, sailing with regular crew Melissa Pater, led five Flying Scots finishing first in three races.
Past Commodore David Watts, Oceanport, sailing with Dan Vought, took two of three Lightning Class races. Skipper Randy Dickerson, Leonardo, edged Watts in the third race of the six Lightnings.
In the WoodPussy class, Joe Cahill, Middletown, lost the first race to Taugh Lynch, Little Silver, but came back to win races two and three and take the day.
MBC will continue the spring series through early June. The Club will host the 54th Lightning Class Long John Regatta the weekend of April 25-26.
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