Wadmalaw Island -- After a very still Saturday got the 120th Rockville Regatta off to a slow start on opening day, a much-improved breeze greeted sailors on the final day of the event Sunday on Bohicket Creek.
"One hundred percent better conditions," is how Sea Island Yacht Club commodore Grayson Carter put it in his remarks at the awards ceremony on the yacht club's shady porch.
All eight boats in the Sea Island One Design class competed, and Cygnet2, skippered by Nicholas Ellyn, finished in first place. Crewing for Ellyn were Reid Cabiness and Irwin Jeffords.
Stan LaRoche sailed Marcheta to second place, and as he accepted his award he said: "This just proves that even a blind hog can occasionally find an acorn."
Dog House, skippered by Jonathan Hiers, finished third.
Former SIOD skipper Dave Stanger won the Sunfish class, and Lewis Seabrook took first in the Snipe Class. Will Hanckel edged out Augusta sailor Ed Durant to win the E-Scow class.
Nancy Hagood took first place in the Laser Radial class, with Peter Hogan finishing second. Matt Moore again claimed first in the Y Flyer class, with Derrill Hagood as his crew.
The Robert A. Richards Memorial Award, given annually to the board man of the third-place boat in the E-Scow class, went to Andy McLean. The award commemorates Richards' enthusiasm for sailing, especially at Rockville.
The Spirit of Rockville Award was presented to Dick McGillivray, who served again this year as principle race official, or "PRO." Since its inception in 1990, the award has only been given about six times.
"Now I guess I have to buy everybody beer," McGillivray joked as he accepted the award.
The awards ceremony concluded with the annual awarding of the Dr. Daniel W. Ellis Trophy, presented this year by Crawford Smith, great-granddaughter of Dr. Ellis, to the Sea Island One Design boat with the best cumulative record for the season.
This year's award went to Dog House, skippered by Jonathan Hiers -- another of the enthusiastic 20-something sailors who are breathing life into this old class of sailboats. Johhny Cordray crewed regularly for Hiers all season, with Craig Morris joining the crew for Rockville.
As the last of the local club dinghy regattas, the Rockville Regatta traditionally marks the end of the summer small boat regatta season.