Over the weekend of July 27-29, the USF18 fleet returned to Hyannis Yacht Club, site of the 2011 North American Championship, to contest the 2012 Eastern Area Championship. Anticipation was high in the lead up to the weekend, with strong contingents from Florida, New York, and Canada joining the local Eastern Area fleet, and bringing the registered boats up to 26. Included in those registered were the top four boats from the 2011 North Americans, as well as six of the top ten from that championship.
Storylines were not in short supply, especially at the top of the fleet. Would the Team Ronstan boat of Mike Easton and Tripp Burd avenge their second place finish at North Americans, and regain the waters of Nantucket Sound from North American Champ Robbie Daniels? Would Bob Merrick and Tyler Burd break their string of second place finishes and take the Eastern Area title? Would the young stars Taylor Reiss and Matt Whitehead show their mentors the way around the course? All great storylines, and all to be decided over three great days of racing on the waters off of Hyannis.