Baxter and Pletsch Win 2013 Interclub Midwinter Championship

Jan. 26-27, 2013
Larchmont, NY


Neither snow nor freezing temperatures could keep Interclub sailors from competing in the 2013 Midwinter Championship.

Photo by Chris Simon


Despite freezing temperatures all weekend, with wind chills in the low teens on Saturday, 26 teams braved the 2013 Interclub Midwinter Championship, hosted by Larchmont YC.  LYC teams took the top six spots overall, with John Baxter, Molly Baxter, Danny Pletsch and Emily Anderson winning their fifth IC Midwinter Championship in the past six years.  

The Interclub Midwinters features “college-style” racing -- competitors team with friends to form “A” and “B” teams, with the lowest combined score winning the regatta. Each race is 10-15 minutes in length and there are no discards, placing a premium on consistency and short course strategy.  The regatta is usually hosted by the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, Maryland, but with the Annapolis fleet hosting the IC Nationals in April, the event was moved to LYC.


Saturday brought slightly more wind and colder air to the racecourse. 

Photo by Tom Spelman


The 104 sailors (52 skippers, 52 crews) arrived on Saturday to find snow on the ground, ice in some boats and temperatures in the low 20s.  After deploying rock salt, heat guns and boiling water to free stuck lines and centerboards, teams were able to hit the water and get in four races per division, despite salty icicles that began forming on bow covers, mast partners and turning marks.  Sailors rotated divisions every two races on Saturday to keep warm, and when the mercury inched above 32 degrees on Sunday, the race committee was able to get in a three-race set along with an additional two-race series to allow for a total of nine races per division.  Large helpings of clam chowder and hot chocolate kept competitors warm between races.  Northerlies both days caused shifty winds but were strong enough to allow for minimal delays and the sunny skies and racing close to shore allowed for brisk rotations. 


ICs enjoy the run at the 2013 Midwinters.  Photo by Peter Saladino


Team Baxter/Pletsch dominated the weekend, never finishing a race outside of the top six overall to win the overall title by 56 points over Clay Bischoff, Kendra Emhiser, Ted Ferrarone and Meredith Killion.  David Dowd, Maeve Judge, Ben Cesare and Coco Sprague finished third overall despite missing the podium in both A and B fleets.  


Photos from Saturday’s racing by Tom Spelman


The winners of the 2013 Interclub Midwinter Championship (from left to right): Danny Pletsch, Emily Anderson, John Baxter, Molly Baxter, and PRO Cynthia Parthemos