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Sailing News 2018

Three LYC Opti Sailors Join the United States Optimist National Team
May 2018

Based on their outstanding performances at the 2018 Optimist Team Trials in April, Wyatt Bischoff, Margaux Cowles and Leighton Farrel have been invited to join the United States Optimist National Team! Representing the United States on any level is a very special honor. A very limited number of the elite and most accomplished Optimist sailors in the country are invited to carry the torch of success, honor, and pride by joining this team. In other exciting news, Wyatt Bischoff will represent the United States as a member of Team USA heading to the 2018 Optimist North American Championship in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico, June 24 – July 1, 2018.  Leighton Farrel will represent the United States as a member of Team USA at the 2018 Volvo Gill Optimist British National and Open Championship in Plas Heli, Pwllheli, Great Britain August 4-10, 2018. We wish them congratulations and best of luck this summer!

Peter McWhinnie and LYC Crew on Podium at Antigua Sailing Week 2018

Peter McWhinnie's recently purchased JPK 1080, Léon, with a strong crew from LYC, competed successfully at Antigua Sailing Week this past April 28-May 4. In spectacular Caribbean conditions with trade winds blowing 20-25 knots, Léon won her class in the 51st Peters and May Round Antigua Island Race on April 28th – a remarkable result in that none of the crew had ever raced the boat until they stepped aboard for the race that morning.  They continued in strong form in Sailing Week to finish 3rd in a competitive 14-boat Division 6.  Racing for the top 3 spots was tight, with just 4.5 points separating first from third place over 7 races.  Prior to ASW, the boat was raced solo by its builder, Jean Pierre Kelbert, to a second place finish in the Transquadra transatlantic race starting in Lorient, France, and arriving in Martinique.  McWhinnie then sailed it to Antigua along with club members Peter and Brownwyn Fernberger.  He was joined for Sailing Week by members Matthew Wittick, Peter Saladino, Peter Bauer and the Fernbergers.  Léon will be delivered on its own bottom from Antigua to LYC where McWhinnie plans to campaign her with a full crew as well as double handed. 

Two More LYC Sailors Named All-NEISA
May 1, 2018

The New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association named two more former LYC junior sailors to their All-NEISA honor rolls. Ty Ingram, MIT '18, was named first team All-NEISA Skipper. Matt Kaplan, Bowdoin '19, was named second team All-NEISA skipper. These are great accomplishments by these two LYC sailors.

Ty and Matt join NEISA Women's honorees from last week: Casey Klingler, Yale '18 - first team All-NEISA Skipper, Chrissy Klingler, Yale '20, second team All-NEISA Skipper, and Catherine Mollerus, Yale '21 - first team All-NEISA Crew.

Click here to read the full story.   

Four Junior Sailors Compete in the U.S. Opti Team Trials
April 26-29, 2018

Four of LYC’s ambitious junior sailors competed in the U.S. Team Trials hosted by Key Biscayne Yacht Club, April 26-29.

In the highly competitive gold fleet, Wyatt Bischoff finished 36th, Margaux Cowles 62nd, Leighton Farrel 70th and Liam Farrel  – competing in his first Team Trials – finished strong in the Silver Fleet. Two hundred and twenty-two of the country’s top sailors who qualified to attend, raced in the four day event which was marked by light winds. Day one was long for the young sailors who completed three races in moderate conditions after a three-hour morning postponement. Many of them were on the water until 7:30 PM. Launch time was again postponed on day two as the Race Committee kept a watchful eye on approaching storms. They were finally able to get all the Optis out to the race course. However, the storms prevailed resulting in a quick return to land for the large fleet and eventual cancellation of races for the day. On day three, the sleepy-eyed sailors were on the water by 7:45 AM in winds 15-18 knots. They were able to complete two races, deciding the championship fleet, before the breeze died and racing was called for the day. Day four, the gold fleet completed three races, and the silver fleet two, in light winds 5-7 knots. 

Andrew Mollerus Finishes 20th at the World Cup in France
April 22-29, 2018

LYC member and former LYC junior sailor Andrew Mollerus is campaigning a 49er full-time with a goal of representing the U.S. at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. After Andrew's brother Matthew opted not to pursue 49er sailing full-time, Andrew teamed up with Ian MacDiarmid, a skiff sailor from South Florida. In March, Andrew and Ian qualified for the gold fleet at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, where they were the top American team, placing 24th overall. Last week, the duo finished 20th at the World Cup in Hyeres, France. Their next event is the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Netherlands, at the end of May.

Click here for results from Hyeres.  

Three LYC Women Sailors Recognized by NEISA
April 25, 2018

The New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association just announced its 2018 Women's Championship Awards. Included on this roster of outstanding women sailors are three LYC members, all part of the Yale University sailing team:

First Team All NEISA Skipper - Casey Klingler, Yale '18
Second Team All NEISA Skipper - Chrissy Klingler, Yale '20
First Team All NEISA Crew - Catherine Mollerus - Yale '21

It should be noted that Yale has qualified for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association's Women's National Semifinal to be sailed at Hobart and William Smith Colleges May 24-25.

Expect to hear more about these three former LYC junior sailors as the collegiate sailing season continues.

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LYC Team Stands Out Again at Baldwin Cup
Team Race
April 18, 2018

Last week, Thursday through Saturday, eight LYC sailors represented the Club in Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s annual Baldwin Cup team race regatta. Twelve of the top team racing teams from across North America, the UK and Italy competed in NHYC’s fleet of Harbor 20s sailing right off the Club’s front docks.
One of the host club’s teams, NHYC Thunder, was the eventual winners, but not until LYC’s team (2013 Baldwin Cup Champs) of Danny and Megan Pletsch, Cardwell Potts and Kendra Emhiser, Clay Bischoff and Jennifer Potts, and Will Hutchings and Tori Porter gave them a run for their money.

In the preliminary round robin, LYC finished fourth with a 7-4 record qualifying them for the Gold Series where they finished fifth. That was good enough to advance Larchmont to the Knock-out Finals where they beat New York Yacht Club and then Royal Thames Yacht Club by scores of 2-0. In the final, they faced NHYC Thunder, won the first race but lost the next two. In the end, LYC finished a very competitive second for this impressive regatta.

This year’s Baldwin Cup Team Race saw: old rivalries with winners often being determined in the last 10 feet of the race; substantially heavier air than usual; an unusual Harbor 20 dismasting; and the best stadium style racing in the U.S. just feet off the dock with over 200 spectators.

“This is the year that we really practiced hard,” said Justin Law of NHYC Thunder. “Our team was enthusiastic and focused. I want to congratulate Larchmont Yacht Club on a great regatta.”

The Baldwin Cup is the first team racing event for the LYC season and, as the Club is making a renewed push to develop LYC’s team racing talent pool, join the Sunday afternoon informal team racing practices off the front dock or contact Hobie Ponting to get involved in LYC Team Racing.

Results | Team LYC Profiles | Event Website

Lake Garda Optimist Meeting
April 12, 2018

Over the Easter holidays, LYC Junior Sailor Wyatt Bischoff traveled to Italy as a member of Team USA to compete in the Lake Garda Optimist Meeting, the largest single-class regatta in the world with over 1300 sailors from 33 countries represented.  Although Garda is known for steady winds, rainy weather led to unusually light conditions throughout the four-day event.  Wyatt sailed well and finished in the top ten percent. Wyatt's brother Owen Bischoff also participated in the regatta, competing against 300 younger sailors in the Cadetti group and ultimately qualifying for the Cadetti gold fleet. Congratulations to the Bischoff brothers!

Jason Carroll's Argo Wins Marstrom 32 Winter Series Act 4
April 7-8, 2018

Jason Carroll, with fellow LYC member Chad Corning aboard, won the final act of the Marstrom 32 Winter Series sailed April 7-8 on Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Fresh conditions put all the teams to the test on Saturday as six races were held. Just a few points off the lead going into Sunday, Team Argo dominated the final 4 races to take their first win in the Marstrom 32 class. Next up for Carroll and team are the GC 32 World Championships next month in Riva del Garda, Italy

LYC Represented at World Sailing Regatta in Spain
March 30-April 7, 2018

LYC's Andrew Mollerus, sailing with teammate Ian MacDiarmid (Boothbay, ME) competed in their 49er at the 2018 Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma Mallorca from March 30 - April 7. Mollerus and MacDiarmid are campaigning their high-performance 49er looking for an Olympic nod in 2020, and last week they were sailing in one of the largest and most competitive one-design regattas in the world toward that goal. Over 1000 boats gathered in Palma for this prestigious event organized by World Sailing. A total of over 1,500 sailors took part, including current Olympic, World and European champions in the 470, RS:X, Laser Standard and Radial, Finn, 49er, Women’s Match Race and Paralympic Sailing categories. Mollerus finished a highly respectable 24th out of 96 49ers, qualifying for the gold fleet and was the highest placed U.S. 49er team of the five American 49er teams in attendance, one spot ahead of former LYC junior sailing instructor Ian Barrows.

Click here  for results.  


LYC Junior Sailor Competes in the Netherlands 
March 30-April 2, 2018

LYC Opti sailor Leighton Farrel represented the United States at the 33rd edition of the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, Netherlands, March 30-April 2. Competitors from 16 countries spanning from South Africa and Australia, Turkey and Finland, to Portugal and Ireland raced in cold rainy conditions completing 10 races in the four-day event. Farrel had 7 top 25 finishes in the 260-boat fleet, ultimately taking 43rd overall in the highly competitive championship Gold fleet.

LYC Juniors Head to Sunshine State Championships in Jensen Beach Florida
March 14, 2018

Over 250 junior sailors gathered together to compete in the 2018 Optimist Sunshine State Championship at the U.S. Sailing Center in Martin County, FL.  LYC was represented by the Bischoff brothers Owen and Wyatt, and Green Fleeter Sadie Yoder. They raced in winds ranging from 15-20 knots of breeze with frequent gusts over 20 knots. Wyatt finished 25th and Owen 167th

Cowles Sisters On Top Again Winning I-420 Midwinter Championship
Miami, Florida
February 17-19, 2018

Coming off their gold medal performance during December's World Sailing Junior World Championship, and providing more to discuss during their Yachting Committee Night presentation this Friday evening, Emma and Carmen Cowles won the 2018 I-420 Midwinter Championship held February 17-19 in Miami, FL. The Twins led the event wire-to-wire win starting extremely strongly by winning the first three of eight races. When done, they had edged out the second place team by four points. LYC's Lizzy Kaplan was also in the thick of things finishing 23rd in the 42-boat fleet as she continues to compete and improve in this very competitive class.

This event completed the USA qualifiers for the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships, with the Cowles now selected to compete in the same women’s events they won in China last December.

Click here for full results. 

Jason Carroll on the Podium for
RORC Caribbean 600
February 16, 2018

Jason Carroll, sailing with fellow LYC member Chad Corning aboard, wailed his Gunboat 62 Elvis impressively in his first Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600, taking second in the Multihull Class. The Caribbean 600 is now considered one of the world's major ocean races and, although Elvis has raced in the Caribe before, this was the longest race for this multihull speedster. This year's edition was a windy and wet journey, starting and finishing in Antigua after circumnavigating multiple islands, so Carroll, Corning, and their crewmates deserved their trip to the podium.

Click here to visit the event website. 

LYC Opti Sailors Train and Compete in Argentina
February 2018

Three LYC Opti sailors were given a unique opportunity to train and compete with their LISOT coach Pepe Bettini in his native Argentina this February.  The three 8th graders Wyatt Bischoff, Margaux Cowles and Leighton Farrel traveled to Mar de Plata, Argentina for a twelve day adventure of top notch training culminating with their participation in the 53rd Semana Internacional Del Yachting in Mar de Plata. During the weeklong event the Opti sailors completed 9 races. Bischoff finished 68th, Cowles 45th, and Farrel 83rd in the 187-boat fleet. An incredible experience! 

Opti Sailors Compete in the USODA Valentine's Day Regatta
Saint Petersburg, Florida
February 3-4, 2018

Three  LYC Opti sailors traveled to Saint Petersburg, Florida, on February 3-4 to compete against their peers from around the country in the annual USODA Valentine's Day regatta.  Owen Bischoff, Morgan Gochberg, and Jonathan Wittick sailed in the competitive gold fleet.  The race committee was able to get off six races during the two-day event despite shifty winds and a strong current which led to multiple general recalls. A special mention goes to Morgan Gochberg, who had an excellent finish in race two, but learned he had been black-flagged.  When the scorer mistakenly failed to penalize him for the black flag, Morgan displayed great integrity and sportsmanship by self-reporting the error to the race committee.  LYC can be proud!

2018 Opti Team Race Midwinter Championships 
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
January 13-15, 2018

LYC junior sailors Wyatt Bischoff, Margaux Cowles and Leighton Farrel competed in the 2018 Optimist Team Race Midwinter Championships on Hilton Head Island January 13-15 with genuine southern hospitality from the hosts at South Carolina Yacht Club. Modest winds and chilly temperatures prevailed over the event which brought together twenty-three teams from across the country. At the end of the three days of competition, the LISOT Gold team, which Bischoff and Cowles were a part of, won the Silver Fleet in the championship round against Farrel’s team of LISOT Cool Grey which came in second.  A fun time was had by all!  For full results, click here.   

Left to right: Wyatt Bischoff, Margaux Cowles, Leighton Farrel