July 13, 2014

Trombley guides Odinn to Mayor's Cup victory

PLATTSBURGH — When Morrisonville’s Ed Trombley won his first Mayor’s Cup Regatta in 2003, event organizers initially awarded the first-place trophy to the wrong boat.

Trombley didn’t find out until the next day that his boat was the true winner of the race, so he and his crew didn’t have an opportunity to accept the award after the event’s conclusion.

But there wasn’t any controversy surrounding the finish of the 2014 edition of “the sailing tradition” on Lake Champlain.

Trombley, along with the crew of Odinn, completed the regatta in a corrected time of two hours, 34 minutes and 52 seconds to capture his second Mayor’s Cup in 11 years Saturday.

“For us and for our boat, (Saturday) was a great condition for our boat,” Trombley said. “Our boat was very strong in these light-to-medium conditions. (Eleven) years ago when I won, it was a very, very windy day. The boat that I had then was very good in those conditions, so it does make sense I did well.”

Trombley’s familiarity with his competitor’s boats, which came from across the Northeast and Canada, proved to be beneficial.

“We know where we need to be, and we positioned ourselves constantly to try and keep them in check,” Trombley said. “The very last leg of the race is when we took one small chance, and it paid off. That’s where we gained enough advantage to win.”

Trombley, who helped Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon win his friendly wager against Burlington, Vt., Mayor Miro Weinberger, was able to celebrate his victory with Calnon at the awards ceremony at the Naked Turtle on Dock Street.

“Our mayor has been working really hard to try and make some change in the waterfront here and make Plattsburgh a more accessible and fun waterfront city,” Trombley said. “With the exposure of this race and several other events, he’s really doing that. He’s doing a good job.”

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