Charleston Race Week
Aprli 16, 2014
Several LYC sailors, primarily in the Viper 640 class, made the nearly 800-mile trek to Charleston Race Week to race in what has become one of the country’s largest multiclass regattas. LYC sailors occupied five of the top 10 slots in the 21-boat Viper fleet, competing for the class’s Atlantic Coast Championship. Jason Carroll, Chad Corning, and Danny Pletsch led the charge in the Viper fleet, finishing second overall and winning the day overall on both Friday and Saturday. Vicious Panda with David and James Owen, and Peter and Rachel Beardsley, placed fourth, Jay Rhame with a team loaded with LYC winter sailors Katie Murphy, Rachel Daugherty and Marcus Spillane placed sixth, Andrew Weiss and the DragonFire syndicate placed eighth, Peter Bauer, Buttons Padin and Chris Foley placed ninth. Ryan Zupon sailed his father’s J/70 Loki to 46th in the 75-boat J/70 fleet.
Miami Spring Challenge
Aprli 8, 2014
Jason Carroll’s Melges 32 Argo returned to competition April 4-6 in Miami, FL at the Miami Spring Challenge. Carroll and team lost a tiebreaker for second to finish the event in third overall. This follows on the heels of a close second place finish last month at the same venue.
It was a tricky regatta with very warm ambient temps making the usually reliable easterly wind pattern unstable both in velocity and direction. The opening day of the event saw Argo battling back from marginal positions early in the races to notch a 5,4,3 on the day. Conditions were super-shifty and there were many position changes throughout each of the races. Saturday dawned warm with very light winds. The RC was able to get one marginal race in as the breeze died to zero. This one did not go Argo’s way and would count as her throwout for the event. Since most teams had mixed results the regatta was wide open on the final day. Conditions were back to normal from the ESE at around 15 knots. Argo had an emphatic win in the penultimate race which setup a winner taker all final race with the top 5 boats separated by just 4 points. The 2012 world champion Samba Pa Ti jumped out to an early lead in the final race which left a street fight for the minor placings on the podium. At the end of the day Argo just missed getting one boat in between herself and Dalton’s Devos’s Delta which was the difference between second and third.
The team will be based in Newport this summer for a series of three events including the National Championship where Argo will attempt to three-peat winning the event. This autumn the team will return to Miami for a series of lead-up regattas before (hopefully) defending the World Championship in early December.
2014 InterClub National Championship
Aprli 7, 2014
Manhasset Bay Yacht Club
LYC Winter Sailors take 5 spots of the top 10 at the IC National Championship. Challenging conditions were the story at this years IC' Nat's. Only two races were sailed on Saturday with too much wind on the race course and Sunday brought much less breeze as the race committee was only able to get two races off. Paul- Jon Patin and Felicity Ryan finished in third place while Steve Benjamin and Christopher Mac ended up just behind them in Fourth. Also rounding out the top ten were Ted Ferrarone and Meredith Killion in sixth place just ahead of Ned & Charlie Roseberry in Seventh Place with Simon Strauss and Sofia Gerard ending up in tenth place.
For more information and complete scores please click here
2014 Bacardi Miami Race Week
March 15, 2014
LYC sailors continue to make their presence known in Miami. After Senet and Clay Bischoff’s recent Etchells triumph, three LYC Vipers sailed out of Miami’s Coral Reef Yacht Club for the Barcardi Miami Race Week March 6-8. Peter Bauer, Buttons Padin, and Chris Foley arrived the preceding weekend and sailed Wild Hogs in the EFG Winter Cup warm-upas well. Arriving for BMRW were Andrew Weiss and his Christopher Dragon crew and Bob Mathews sailing with LYC’s Patrick Slattery on Bob’s Viper Basilisk.
It was a rough week for Miami sailing. Thursday’s racing was called after two heats as a major front approached and the RC had to get over 120 boats safely ashore from three race circles. Friday was forecast to have high teen wind conditions but, by the tie the first race was completed, the wind had increased to 30 knots with gusts beyond that. Appropriately, the RC sent everyone ashore again in hope that the wind would subside—which it never did. Regardless, everyone who sailed on Friday is still talking about the excitement of sailing in big winds with relatively flat seas.
To make-up for lost races, the RC called for their first warning an hour early for Saturday’s wrap-up. Unfortunately, the front that blew through the previous day took the wind with it and any hopes of getting more races in.
In the end, the three LYC boats had respectful mid-fleet results in what was a highly competitive international fleet.
Jason Carroll's Argo and Elvis Excel Down South
March 13, 2014
Miami, FL - St. Maarten
Jason Carroll’s Melges 32 Argo came a close second in the class’s mid-winter regatta held in Miami, FL February 28th thru March 2.. This was Argo’s return to competition after winning the World Championship last fall. Argo had a somewhat tough first day letting the Italian Robertissima team get a good-sized lead. Day two was all Argo as the team won all three races. This setup a Sunday showdown with Robertissima leading by just one point. It all came down to the final leg of the final race. Argo rounded the top mark with enough boats between her and the Italians to win the regatta. Unfortunately the wind evaporated on the final run turning the race inside out and giving Robertissima the win. Argo will return to Miami the first weekend in April to compete in the class’s Miami Spring Challenge.
Days after Miami wrapped up the team travelled to St. Maarten to take on the Heineken regatta aboard Carroll’s Gunboat 63 catamaran Elvis. Elvis competed in a class of Gunboats, high performance cruising catamarans that gather every year at the Heineken regatta. The racing was intense with Friday’s 36-mile around St. Maarten race contested in 20+ knot winds and large trade-wind driven waves. There were lots of thrills in Friday’s race including the boat hitting 27.7 knots flying the code zero. Saturday and Sunday were more benign conditions-wise but no less spectacular from a competition and scenery standpoint. Elvis fared well in the event winning the Gunboat class with all firsts as well as winning the multihull division overall. Elvis will return to competition mid-April at the Les Voiles de St. Barth regatta.
2014 Etchells Midwinter Championship
March 4, 2014
Congratulation to LYC Member Senet Bischoff and his team of Benjamin Kinney and LYC Member Clay Bischoff, for winning the 2014 Jaguar Midwinter Championship in Miami, FL, sailing their boat KGB.
To read the full regatta recap please click here
Key West Race Week
February 25, 2014
Key West, FL
LYC Crew Members Andrew Weiss, Linda Weiss & Butch Ulmer sailed the Weiss's Sydney 43 Christopher Dragon to a very impressive 4th Place over all in the IRC 3 Class at the 2014 Quantum Key West Race Week. This was a very competitive class which had 5 different boats winning at least one race. The class was won by ex-LYC Dinghy Sailor Phil Lotz, now Rear Commodore of NYYC. For complete scores and full report for the event you can visit http://www.premiere-racing.com/
Also, LYC's Chad Corning sailed aboard John Brim's new J70 Rimmette competing in the 60 boat J70 Class along Nicholas Langone, LYC aficionado and regular KWRW Race Committee Member.