Strong Winds Make for Fast Edlu Race
May 11, 2013
Dragonfly, skippered by LYC’s Colin McGranahan, drives to windward
of Adam Loory’s Soulmates and Roger Widmann’s Quintessence
shortly after the start of the 2013 Edlu. Photo by Howie McMichael.
LYC’s annual distance race, known as The Edlu, featured strong winds that allowed most teams to cover the 32-mile course in well under five hours. An earlier start time of 0900 meant that most teams had finished by 2 p.m., allowing competitors more time to enjoy the BBQ, awards and Mt. Gay Rum party at LYC. READ MORE.
Chad Corning Set to Tackle Atlantic Cup
May 9, 2013
Corning and Cesare shaking down Pleiad Racing in Newport
a few weeks before the start of the Atlantic Cup
LYC member Chad Corning has had a number of sailing adventures, ranging from racing Interclub dinghies each winter in the cold waters of Larchmont Harbor, to winning regional and national championships in the Viper 640 and Melges 32 classes, and managing 50-foot IRC offshore racers. But the Atlantic Cup, which starts May 11, is a new challenge altogether: racing doublehanded in a bare bones high performance Class 40 with former LYC winter sailing member Ed Cesare, from Charleston to New York, and then from New York to Newport. READ MORE.
Emma Kaneti Qualifies for International
May 2-5, 2013
Prior to Opti Team Trials, Emma Kaneti placed fourth amongst girls
and 23rd overall at the Opti South American Championship, hosted in
Porto Alegre, Brazil in late March. Results
LYC junior Emma Kaneti, fresh off a series of successful Opti events this winter and spring, was the highest ranked girl at the U.S. Optimist Team Trials, finishing 13th overall out of 194 sailors. Kaneti’s result, the second highest result ever achieved by an LYC junior at Team Trials, qualified her to go to the European, North American and Asian Championships. Kaneti has opted to compete at the Asian Optimist Championship, beginning August 20 in Japan. Four other LYC juniors also raced at the Team Trials in Wisconsin: Will Gallagher finished 51st, Emma Cowles 52nd, Carmen Cowles 117th and Elizabeth Kaplan 131st. Results. For a more detailed recap of the Opti Team Trials, read Emma Kaneti’s first-person report.
LYC Places Third at Jackson Cup
April 27-28, 2013
Classic Marblehead light air conditions dominated the 2013 Jackson Cup (LYC team at right). Photo courtesy Leighton O’Connor.
Team LYC placed third at the 15th annual Jackson Cup Team Race, hosted by Boston Yacht Club. Sailed inside Marblehead Harbor in Sonars, the 2013 Jackson Cup featured light air for much of the regatta. Team LYC was captained by David Dowd, Jay Rhame and Cardwell Potts, along with Andy Kaplan, Ted Ferrarone, Eric Beardsley, Kendra Emhiser, Rachel Daugherty, Catherine Swanson, Meredith Hudspeth, and Meredith Powlinson. LYC was ranked third after the round robins, and lost to eventual champion Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in the semi-finals, rebounding to beat host club Boston Yacht Club in the consolation finals to take home third place.
Team LYC with their third place trophies at the 2013 Jackson Cup
LYC Sailors Have Success at Charleston
April 19-21, 2013
Danny Pletsch and crew enjoying the windy conditions on Friday in the Viper 640 class. Photo by Dan Tucker
Several LYC teams trekked to the Low Country for an epic long weekend at Charleston Race Week. Friday brought big wind that ended in the high 20s. Saturday’s conditions moderated only slightly at the start of the day before dropping gradually, and Sunday was too windy for most classes, with gusts into the high 30s. Jason Carroll, Chad Corning and John Baxter placed third in the 30-boat Viper 640 class, with Jay Rhame, Becker Chase, Annelise Schantz and Rachel Daugherty in sixth, among the six LYC Viper teams in attendance. Dr. Richard Donn placed second in the J/80 class, and LYC was also represented by two teams in the J/70 class. Results.
LYC Frostbiters End Season at
Apr. 13-14, 2013
Nine LYC Interclub teams made the trip to Severn Sailing Association to end the winter sailing season in style at the Interclub National Championship. Temperatures in the 60s and decent breeze from a variety of directions allowed for 15 races, while strong current and many shifts challenged the fleet. LYC member Jay Rhame with crew Katie Murphy scored four finishes in the top two on the final day to move up the leaderboard, finishing second overall.
Winter sailing member Paul-Jon Patin with crew Felicity Ryan was one of only two teams to keep all race finishes in the top half of the fleet, finishing third overall. Jim Bowers and Alexa Schuler from Massachusetts won the regatta for a record setting seventh time. Patin and Ryan’s score was enough to earn the Wharf Rat Challenge title for the 2012-2013 season based on their success at a number of national-level IC regattas over the course of the winter. Results.
LYC Wins Baldwin Cup Team Race
April 5-7, 2013
Newport Harbor, CA
California Dreamin’: Team LYC celebrates its 2013
Baldwin Cup victory.
LYC finally broke through at the prestigious Baldwin Cup Team Race, taking the 2013 title over a talented fleet of 11 other teams. Hosted in Southern California by Newport Harbor YC in Harbor 20s, the Baldwin Cup is a keelboat team race regatta, with four boats competing per team. LYC’s performance at the Baldwin has steadily improved over the years, with the Club finishing as the runners up in 2012. LYC finished the first two rounds in second place, behind hosts Newport Harbor Team Thunder. LYC lost the first race in the semifinals to defending champion Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, but won the next two races to advance to the finals versus NHYC Thunder. LYC won all three races to claim the championship. LYC’s team consisted of skippers John Baxter, Clay Bischoff, Danny Pletsch and Cardwell Potts, with crews Molly Baxter, Jason Carroll, David Dowd and Megan Magill. Results and Video.
Matthew Mollerus Wins 29er Class
Midwinter West Championship
March 22-24, 2013
San Diego, CA
LYC junior Matthew Mollerus, crewing for Duncan Williford of Lauderdale YC, won the 29er Midwinter West Championship at Coronado YC, besting 28 other teams. The duo began the regatta on fire, winning five of the first six races, and hung on over the remaining six races to beat US Sailing Development Team members Quinn and Dane Wilson by five points. Results.
LYC Juniors Named to US Sailing
March 20, 2013
Henry Fernberger from the USSDT
Three LYC juniors were among the 38 sailors named to US Sailing’s Development Team (USSDT). The USSDT is the pathway team supported by the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program and US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee, and was created in 2007 to help young athletes, who have been identified as future Olympic prospects, acquire the skills necessary to launch successful campaigns and compete at the Olympic level. Casey Klingler and Reinier Eenkema van Dijk, who both started their sailing careers in Optimists at LYC, were named to the USSDT in girls and boys International 420s, respectively. Henry Fernberger was named to the men’s 470 team after a strong showing at the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta in January. Both Fernberger and Klingler will represent the United States at the 2013 Youth World Championship in Cyprus.
John and Molly Baxter Win Stanley Bell Memorial Regatta
March 9-10, 2013
John and Molly Baxter (bow 66) tack underneath the pack on
the starboard tack layline on Sunday. Photo by Andrea Watson
For the second straight year, it took until the final race to determine the winner of the Stanley Bell Memorial Regatta. In the 2013 edition, defending LYC winter sailing season champions John and Molly Baxter took a commanding lead after Saturday’s seven races, but faltered a bit on Sunday, opening the door for Parker Shinn from San Diego YC, with crew Coco Sprague to narrow the gap by a single point heading into the final race. READ MORE.