One of the happier crews at Block Island Race Week was located at the far end of the Champlin’s dock aboard the J/105 Good Trade, owned by the husband-wife team of Bruce Stone and Nicole Breault.
Good Trade sailed impressively all week en route to capturing the J/105 New England Championship, winning five races and placing second in two others in posting a low score of 12 points. That was seven better than runner-up Eclipse (Damiam Emery, Shoreham, NY) and earned Stone and Breault the prestigious Everett B. Morris Memorial Trophy.
First awarded in 1967 and rededicated in 1991, the Morris Memorial Trophy is presented to the Block Island Race Week entry that wins its class and, in the judgment of the race committee and Storm Trysail Club commodore, put forth the Best Overall Performance.
“We were on fire, really in the zone,” Breault said. “We sailed the boat really well and minimized our mistakes.”
Stone steers while Breault trims main and calls tactics on Good Trade, which they bought in May 2016 from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The couple resides in San Francisco and races a J/105 named Arbitrage on the West Coast.
“We’ve won five of the last seven regattas we’ve entered so I’d say we’ve been on a bit of a roll,” Stone said. “We’re having a really strong season so far and hope to keep it going.”
Marc Acheson (spin trimmer), Bill Higgins (bow), John Sahagian (mast) and Casey Williams (pit and jib trimmer) complete the crew on Good Trade, which opened the regatta with a third then reeled off a steady string of firsts and seconds the rest of the way.
“Our crew work is so solid that I can call for any type of maneuver at any time and not worry one bit,” Breault said.
Including toasting victory with Block Island’s famous mudslides!