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Sailing News 2017

LYC Wins YRA Team Racing Championship Again
Saturday, October 14

LYC’s Varsity and Masters teams joined forces to retain the Glencairn Trophy, the YRA of LIS’s club-vs.-club team racing championship. Hosted by LYC and sailed stadium-style right off the Club’s front docks, there was a full harbor of racing Saturday, October 14, even if the wind didn’t totally cooperate. With six Masters teams (skipper 45, crew 40) and five Varsity teams, the 24 Ideal 18s navigating in the inner harbor was quite a spectacle for those ashore to watch and enjoy.

The wind began to fade as the first round robin finished-up at about 1300. Realizing that the wind would not fill-in before it was too late to resume sailing, PRO Buddy Wolf and Event Chair Buttons Padin made the difficult decision to cancel any further racing. In the end, LYC’s two teams each finished in second place; Varsity losing to the Pequot Yacht Club team captained by Dave Dellenbaugh while Indian Harbor Yacht Club nipped LYC’s Masters. With Pequot finishing in third for the Masters, the calculation for the overall Glencairn winner (combining the numerical positions or a club’s Varsity and Masters), LYC found itself in a tie-breaker situation. With only one round robin in the books, the tie-breaker required the Race Committee to use every tie-break criteria (with the exception of a sail off – no wind) and, in the end, LYC’s average points scored per race was better than PYC’s.

LYC’s Varsity Team was comprised of the following pairings: Will Hutchings/Andrew Meleney, Rob Ramirez/Anna Han, and Harry Koeppel/Natalya Doris. The Masters teams were Ned Roseberry/Dorsey Roseberry, Commodore Andy Kaplan/Com Crocker, and Rear Commodore Rob Dailey/Matt Tym.

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LYC Hosts Inaugural Glencairn Grand Masters Team Race
October 13, 2017

On Friday, October 13, five LIS clubs sent teams of Team Racing Senior Citizens to LYC for the first Glencairn Grand Masters regatta. Whereas Saturday’s Varsity and Masters event sailed Ideal 18s 3v3, the Grand Masters used the highly competitive and challenging 2v2 format. And, while Saturday’s wind didn’t cooperate, Friday provided somewhat “sporty” winds out of the east at 12-15 knots allowing PRO Dick York to run three full round robins.

In the end, Pequot Yacht Club’s team helmed by “the Two Daves,” (Perry and Dellenbaugh), controlled the event with these two international sailing stand-outs turning in a perfect record. New York Yacht Club’s team, skippered by naval architect Bill Tripp and former Sunfish World Champion Ted Moore, finished second with LYC in third, Noroton Yacht Club in fourth and Riverside Yacht Club in fifth.

LYC’s Grand Masters team was Rich du Moulin/Teresa Laughlin and Peter Bauer/Buttons Padin.

It should be noted that the participating Grand Masters universally loved racing at this high level with “old friends,” and enthusiastically encouraged LYC to host the event next year.

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LYC and Storm Trysail Foundation Host North America's Largest Collegiate Regatta
October 7-8, 2017

Over the Columbus Day weekend, collegiate sailing teams from over 40 colleges and universities made their annual pilgrimage to Larchmont Yacht Club to sail in the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. Sailing on racer/cruisers with LYC and STC members as coaches and safety officers, over 360 collegiate sailors from across the U.S., Canada, and France sailed five races over the two days. LYC/STC member and PRO Butch Ulmer brought together an on-the-water team comprised largely of sailors belonging to both clubs, reflecting the close bond between Storm Trysail and LYC.
 
In the end, Boston University took home the overall honors and the “Paul Hoffmann Trophy” in the hotly contested J/105 class on Young American with four bullets and a second place in the second largest class in the regatta. Echo, crewed by Vanderbilt University – a first time entrant to the regatta – took home second place in the J/105 class by edging out Drexel University on Fairhope with a tie-breaking first in the third race.
 
Click here for photos, extended coverage, and results.

LYC Viper Sailors Atop the Podium at American Yacht Club's High Performance Regatta
October 7-8, 2017

Last Saturday and Sunday found 22 Viper 640s competing on the choppy waters of the Sound off Milton Point for this year's HPR regatta. Saturday's five races left the fleet tired going into the evening's activities, and the prospect of big winds for Sunday found many switching to "old sails" for Sunday's three races. In the end, it was truly great racing. Despite the short chop-sea state, the Vipers made it around the course quickly and smartly.
 
When racing was over, Cardwell and Jennifer Potts, Kendra Emhiser, and Will Hutchins sat atop the leader board having won four of seven races and no finish less than a fourth. In second was former LYC Summer Member Zeke Horowitz just three points behind Ferrarone/Potts with Jay Rhame and Rachel Beardsley in third. In total, 11 LYC Vipers competed; a solid turn out by the Club's high performance sailors.
 
In addition to the Vipers on the course, Mike Zupon was racing his J/70 in preparation for this week's J/70 North Americans being hosted by AYC.
 
Not to be overlooked amidst all the adult sailors were Carmen and Emma Cowles who cleaned up in the I420 division. With four firsts, four seconds, a third and dropping a fourth, they not only won their class, but the twins were awarded the top performing women skipper and top under 25 years old skipper. Another solid performance by these two rising stars who will be on their way to Sanya, China, shortly to represent the Club and the U.S. in the Youth World Championships.
 
Click here for results. 

Potts Team


Rhame Team
 

Cowles Sisters
 

Senet and Clay Bischoff Excel at Etchells World Championship...Again
San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere, CA
September 26-October 1, 2017

Larchmont Yacht Club has had the honor of having both Senet and Clay Bischoff (originally junior sailors at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami) as our members during recent years. Both were college sailor-of-the-year and continue to be exceptionally skilled sailors. In 2015, the duo, racing with Senet’s boat partner Ben Kinney, finished fourth in the Etchells World Championship held at New York Yacht Club in Newport, RI. Not only was that a sterling finish, it also made them the top-placing Corinthian crew in a class where the majority of crews include at least one professional sailor.
 
Continuing to campaign their Etchells “KGB”, the Bischoff/Bischoff/Kinney trio did it again; they just finished third in last week’s 51-boat Etchells World Championship hosted by San Francisco Yacht Club on blustery San Francisco Bay. This is arguably one of the top two or three championships in the sailing world.
 
Of note is that through Race 6 of the 9-race championship, KGB sat atop the leader board. To that end, many members were sitting in the dining room prior to Pat Mauro’s Mt. Everest presentation checking Yacht Scoring to see what happened in Friday’s races. Talk about two major accomplishments by LYC members: climbing Mt. Everest and leading the Etchells Worlds.
 
Alas, once the scores for Race 7 were posted, KGB dropped back due to being over early and, as the throw-out kicked in, they now had to drop a 52 (OCS) rather than their previous low score of only 13. In the end, the KGB team made it to the podium behind the eventual winner, LYC Winter Member and Olympic Silver medalist Steve Benjamin, and second place finisher Graeme Taylor and his team from Australia. It should also be noted that the LYC connection went as deeply as the fourth place boat, skippered by Jim Cunningham from St. Francis Yacht Club, which included former LYC Sailing Director (and Olympic sailing coach) Mark Ivey as crew.
 
When asked about his overall take on the regatta, Senet shared the following, “We’re still pinching ourselves to finish amongst that group and have a few moments on top of the leader-board.  Those teams are the best sailors in the world, with Olympiansand Americas Cup Veterans in the boats finishing 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, etc., and top professional sailors in 27 of the top 30 boats.  Our families were super-understanding about all the time away practicing, and it all paid off in the end.”
 
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A Big Weekend for LYC Sailors
September 27, 2017

LYC sailors were standouts in two major regattas this past weekend...regattas that were as different as they were far apart.

Larchmont won Noroton Yacht Club’s prestigious Kirby Cup team race. Sailed 3v3 in Sonars, the Kirby reflects both NYC’s dedication to team racing and the fact that the Sonar, Ideal 18, Laser, etc. were all designed by long-time NYC Bruce Kirby.

LYC’s team skippers were Ted Ferrarone, Cardwell Potts, Will Hutchings and Nathan Allman.

In the five club event, LYC had the best score of all in the triple round robin ending with a 10-2 record. New York Yacht Club beat Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in a second place tie breaker (each with 7-5 records) while host Noroton was in fourth and Vineyard Haven Yacht Club in fifth.

Team racing has been at the heart of LYC over the past two decades and, this year, thanks to the encouragement of the Flag Officers and the Yachting Committee has demonstrated a renewed presence at the Club.

Click here for full results. 

Left to right: Pearson Potts, Rob Ramirez, Jennifer Potts, Natalya Doris, Ted Ferrarone, Derek Webster, Tori Porter, Kendra Emhiser, Cardwell Potts, Theresa Salerno, Nathan Allman, Noroton YC Official

LYC Sailors Win and Show at Viper 640 New England Championship
September 24, 2017

LYC teams placed first and third at the Viper 640 New England Championship.  Sailed on beautiful Lake Champlain out of Shelburne, VT, and hosted by the Lake Champlain Yacht Club, 22 Viper 640 sport boats sailed six races over the September 23-24 weekend in light, shifty breezes. Competitors came from across New England and as far away as Charleston, SC. In the end, however, it was Larchmont Yacht Club’s Viper sailors that stood out.
Finishing in first place with a score line of 1-1-1-1-1-(4) was GREAT SCOTT!, with Jay Rhame,  Peter Beardsley and  Rachel Beardsley. This was the second consecutive year the team of Rhame and the Beardsleys have won the New England Viper 640 Championship
Second place was claimed by CT Viperer Dave Nickerson while third went to LYC’s Fernberger Family. Father Peter usually sails AMELIE with his wife Bronwyn Woodhead and co-owner Nic Buc as crew. This weekend, however, generations traded places as young Henry Fernberger was at the helm with his parents as crew. The family’s performance included two seconds with a sixth as their throw out, demonstrating how consistently they sailed.
One final note is that San Diego Yacht Club’s MIT sailor David Larson finished a close fourth. Larson was sailing the Viper Class’ Youth Grant Boat...a boat provided to a young sailor(s) at no cost for the season in return for their commitment to race it regularly and improve the Viper Class. This boat is up for grabs next summer so any young sailor interested in being considered for the 2018 Viper Class’ Youth Grant boat should contact Peter Beardsley at wpbeardlsey@gmail.com.
 
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Front, left to right: Jay Rhame, Peter Beardsley
Back, left to right: Bronwyn Woodhead, Rachel Beardsley,
Henry Fernberger, and Peter Fernberger.

 

Ideal 18 Inter-Club Championship of LIS
September 23, 2017

Larchmont sent four teams to Indian Harbor on Saturday, September 23, to compete in the Ideal 18 Inter-Club Championship of Long Island Sound. This gathering of sailors occurs every other year alternating with the Ideal 18 North Americans which will be held at LYC in September 2018.
 
There were 27 Ideals on the start line representing Indian Harbor, Pequot, Larchmont, Horseshoe Harbor, Stonington Harbor, Old Greenwich, Riverside, Belle Haven. Prizes were given for best individual score and also for best score by Club for the top three finishers.
 
A northerly breeze and short upwind legs made the racing very close. The Race Committee judged that 5 races were adequate to determine a winner. Indian Harbor took all the hardware. Larchmont finished second, behind Indian Harbor, in the Club scoring. Larchmont’s best finish was 8th – Tom Ingram and Jody Lee. It was a beautiful day of very competitive sailing. Larchmont has a new goal for 2019.
 
Click here for full results. 
 

Teresa Laughlin and Sarah Gillman Win
2017 Commodore Mendez Trophy
September 16, 2017

LYC’s Adult Sailing programs have had a highly successful summer with many evening and weekend programs keeping the Club’s fleet of Ideal 18s busy day and night. The final major Ideal 18 event of the year is the Ladies Invitational Regatta for the Commodore Mendez Trophy. This year was the 19th running the event and was won by LYC’s Teresa Laughlin and Sarah Gillman.

There were 19 Ideals competing on Saturday, September 15 for the Mendez with crews from six different LIS clubs...most of whom have been involved this summer with the Women on Water (WOW) interclub program. A special note of thanks goes to Event Chair Pam Washington who enlisted all the sailors, and to Paul Lennon, perennial Mendez PRO.

The day started with very light winds but, as the afternoon progressed, the breeze picked-up and the fleet was able to complete seven races. Laughlin/Gillman held the lead from the onset winning the first two races as well as the final one that sealed the Championship. They recorded a very consistent string of three firsts and three fourths with their throw-out being a fifth. But regardless of that consistency, the Championship was up for grabs until the very last race.

Teresa and Sarah were locked in a three-boat contest including Indian Harbor Yacht Club’s Karen Lau and Leigh Frecker, who finished only one point behind the leaders in second, and Kate Morgan and Kiki Tsakalakis from Noroton Yacht Club another four points back in third. Between this trio, they won six out of the seven races.

LYC’s Nancy White and Anne Stark Locher were the only other team to win a head, finishing in fourth with five top-5 finishes, and Angela Nesbitt and Kaycee Cherashore also turned in a solid regatta finishing in sixth with four top-5 finishes.

When asked about this, her third Mendez victory as a skipper (2009 and 2015), Teresa shared the following comments: “The Mendez is always one of my favorite events. The spirit of camaraderie and the incredible competition combined with such strong event and race management resulted in a really wonderful regatta. Congratulations to Pam and Paul for pulling it all together, and of course, to my crew Sarah Gillman who always does a great job and is a pleasure to sail with. We had luck on our side, and managed to play the currents which definitely helped in the light air races."

Congratulations to Teresa and Sarah for the performance as well as to the nine other LYC teams that sailed the 2017 Ladies Regatta for the Commodore Mendez Trophy.

Full results click here.
 

LYC Well Represented in Stamford YC's 2017 Vinyard Race
September 1-3, 2017

Five LYC boats were among the fleet that raced Stamford Yacht Club's Labor Day weekend classic: the Vineyard Race. This 238-mile course stretches from Shippan Point through the swirling currents of Plum Gut past Block Island, and on to the light tower at the entrance to Buzzard's Bay. Once reached, sailors return by leaving Block Island to starboard en route to the finish in Stamford Harbor.
 
This year's race started in a blustery northerly sending the boats roaring down the Sound at speeds into the high teens.  The lead boats rounded the Vineyard Tower in the wee hours of the morning and, once back into the Sound, were faced with a fading wind that had veered easterly for the remainder of the race. Interestingly, the crew of Christopher Dragon reported that they never tacked during the entire race...but rather sailed to the tower on a port tack, gybed around the tower, and then ran downwind gybing back and forth across the Sound to the finish after sunset Saturday.
 
Gus Carlson's Aurora was the largest LYC boat competing and made out best wind wise. Aurora finished 4th in class and 5th overall as well as being part of the Storm Trysail Club's White Team that won the Nirvana Trophy. Aboard with Gus were LYC's Andy Besheer and Peter Fackler.
 
Andrew and Linda Weiss's Christopher Dragon finished 3rd in class and 7th overall in IRC with Andrew joined by LYC's Butch Ulmer and Doug Lynn.
 
Chris Sheehan's XP44 Warrior Won placed 5th in class and 11th in IRC with Peter Bauer, Peter Carpenter, Chad Corning, H.L. DeVore, Patrick Slattery, and Ryan Zupon on board.
 
Will Ingraham's J/124 Tenebrae turned in an excellent score in PHRF finishing 2nd in her class and 6th overall in PHRF. With Will was Mike Puleo among other LYC sailors.
 
And the smallest offshore racer in LYC's fleet, Josh Reisberg' s Pogo 20 Abilyn Racing, competed in the PHRF double handed division finishing 3rd in the division and 11th in PHRF overall.
 
There is still a lot of big boat racing left for LYC sailors this fall so watch for results in coming news items.  Click here for results.

Sunrise on Tenebrae. Photo by Hobie Ponting

LYC Opti Sailors Show Grit at NJ State Champs
August 21-22, 2017

Eight ambitious LYC Opti sailors headed to the NJ State Championships, with heart and grit, after summer sailing at the Club was officially over. The two-day event hosted by Mantoloking Yacht Club brought together 166 Opti sailors. The LYC junior sailors were once again supported by our wonderful Opti coach Charlotte LeClue. Day one started off slowly with an on-the-water postponement due to lack of wind. However, the afternoon sea breeze filled-in bringing with it gusts of over 20 knots. It was a big learning experience for them. Heavy winds prevailed on day two as well. 

The gold fleet completed eight races in total while the silver fleet sailed three. The kids showed great team spirit and support for one another on the water and shared in tons of laughter and smiles on-shore!  Wyatt Bischoff finished 7th overall (5th in the red fleet), Leighton Farrel was 32nd overall, Liam Farrel 79th, Morgan Gochberg 99th, Owen Bischoff 114th, Lauren Campbell 121st and Callie Hammond 132nd.  Kieran Jacobson was 10th in the silver fleet!
 
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Ideal 18 Summer Regatta Series
August 19, 2017

The Ideal 18 Summer Series concluded Saturday with the third and final event of the series. Excellent racing conditions prevailed after a slow and balmy start. Five races were completed bringing the series total to 15.

We would like to thank all those who competed or participated in the inaugural Ideal 18 Summer Series. Particularly we would like to extend our gratitude to our incredible Principle Race Officer, Buddy Wolf, and his team, as well as American Yacht Club for lending boats to support the series.

It is the first time this series has been held and it was met with great enthusiasm, camaraderie, and competitive racing. We hope to build on this event for next year and further develop the Ideal 18 racing scene in the Western Long Island Sound.

Congratulations to the top finishers from this weekend's event and to the overall series winners listed below:

Overall Top Finishers:
1 - Tom Ingram & Jody Lee
2 - Teresa Laughlin & Crews Sarah Gillman and Cheryl Lewy
3 - Nancy White & Anne Locher

Event 3 Top Finishers:
1 - Juan Rodriguez-Flores & Eva Burpee, 14
2 - Tom Ingram & Jody Lee, 14
3 - Rob & Sharon Simonify, 16

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LYC's Jr. Big Boat Team "Crushes It" in Season Finales 

August 14 & 15, 2017

For the past few years, LYC junior sailors have been ramping-up their game in the Jr. Big Boat program overseen by LYC Trustee Com Crocker. This year, in Monday’s Dorade Regatta at Stamford Yacht Club and last night’s Beach Point Overnight Race, we had 31 junior sailors racing on four different boats in each event.

For Monday’s Dorade, Eric Hansen skippered Roger Widmann’s Quintessence to a 2-1-1- score line to take first in the PHRF Division and first overall for the regatta. Eliza Crocker and crew sailed Carl Olsson’s Morning Glory to a second place finish in both PHRF and overall, too. Privateer, the JBBP’s J/105, was skippered by Peter Fontanella finishing third in the J/105 Division, and Charlie Roseberry drove Nicolas Delcourt’s J/88 to a respectable eleventh in his first big boat outing. 
Dorade Results

For the 61-mile BPYC Overnight Race, from Bell 42 off Mamaroneck around Stratford Shoal Light and back, LYC’s junior crews were back in action. Eric Hansen and his Quintessence crew were the first to finish at 0455 this morning, beaten only by Pequot Yacht Club’s Three Beans taking second place in Division A and second overall. Eliza Crocker’s Morning Glory team placed third in Division A and third overall while Peter Fontanella, sailing Rich du Moulin’s Lora Ann finished fourth and fourth, respectively. In Division B, Charlie Roseberry skippered Privateer to a third place finish in Division B and a tenth place position overall. 
BOYC Overnight Results

These events and successes would not have been possible had it not been for the tireless efforts of Com Crocker, Hobie Ponting, the boat owners, and adult safety officer volunteers that included: Commodore Carl Olsson, Rich du Moulin, Roger Widmann, Fleet Capt. Buttons Padin, Rob Fontanella, Ryan Zupon, Dan Eben, Chris Reyling.

Quintessence Crew

Hinman Masters Trophy
Newport, RI

August 18-20, 2017

A dozen LYC "Masters" traveled to Newport, RI, last weekend to compete in New York Yacht Club's Hinman Masters Team Race, a 3-on-3 event with ten teams competing from clubs across the U.S. 2017 marked the return of LYC to the Hinman Masters and the team, captained by Rear Commodore Rob Dailey, showed it still has a lot of its former team racing moves although they may have been just a bit rusty. After two full round robins, LYC qualified for the Gold Division finals only to be knocked out by eventual second place finisher Noroton Yacht Club.
 
Sailing in the three boats for LYC were:
1) David Dowd (helm), Rob Dailey, Rick Pollock, and Steve Langdon;
2) Mike Funsch (helm), Com Crocker, Teresa Laughlin, and Buttons Padin;
3) Ned Roseberry (helm), Dorsey Roseberry, Peter Bauer, and Steve Leicht.
 
Look for LYC's masters and varsity teams to be competing in the YRALIS team racing championship for the Glencairn Trophy right off the front dock on Saturday, October 14.
 
Click here for full results. 

LYC Juniors Win Division in Around Long Island Regatta

July 27, 2017

Sailing with Commodore Olsson aboard his J109, Morning Glory, 6 LYC Juniors won their division in the Around Long Island Regatta. For the first time in the event's 41 year history, the race started off of Ellis Island in NY Harbor, complete with a water salute from the NYFD's fireboat. The 62-boat fleet raced under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, down Long Island, around Montauk, and back up the Sound before finishing in Hempstead Harbor. The team of Olsson, Katrina Ronan, James Washington, Tim Marx, Jack Kneisley, Eliza Crocker, Owen Zimmermann, and Com Crocker, finished in a breezy northeasterly shortly before 6am Saturday morning, completing the 205 NM course in a little over 39 hours. In addition to winning their division, the team placed 2nd out of 9 entries in the Youth Challenge Cup.

Looking ahead, LYC will be entering four boats in each the Dorade Regatta and the Beach Point Overnight, two junior big boat events, in mid-August.

Four LYC Sailors Represent the US at the 2017 Ladies Open 420 European Championship

July 22-30, 2017

Emma Kaneti, Emma Cowles, Carmen Cowles, and Lizzie Kaplan traveled to Greece to participate in the 2017 Ladies Open 420 European Championship. Emma Kaneti, who came in third place for the Ladies 420, commented:  

"Over the course of the regatta we experienced a bit of every condition, including wind from almost every direction and velocity, which all contributed to the historically unpredictable and tricky nature of the venue. My crew and I focused on our starts and sailing clean and fast, and were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves wearing the gold pinnies after a solid first day of racing. Staying at the top of the leaderboard for the duration of the 6 day regatta was not easy, but our mental strength and strong resolve helped us post fairly consistent results in such a tricky venue. Unfortunately, on the penultimate day we finished poorly in one race and were black-flagged in another, moving us out of first place for the first time since the beginning of the regatta. Despite this, we fought hard on the last day of racing to make a comeback, and our efforts were rewarded with a third place finish and a spot on the podium!" 

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Gus Carlson's Aurora Wins IRC Division at 2017 Edgartown Yacht Club Round the Island Race

July 22, 2017

Gus Carlson, an avid LYC yacht racer, won the IRC Division in this year’s Round the Island Race hosted by Edgartown Yacht Club. This annual regatta has boats racing a course around Martha’s Vineyard. Dying winds prevented much of the fleet from finishing the race; but Carlson, aboard his Reichel Pugh 66 Aurora, was one of the faster boats to complete the shortened course.
Also aboard Aurora with Carlson were LYC’s Paul Andrepont and former LYC member Lucas Marrero.

Click here for full results.

119th Larchmont Race Week Wrap-Up

July 15-24, 2017

From Saturday, July 15, through Sunday, July 23, sailors from Long Island Sound and nearby yachting areas congregated at Larchmont Yacht Club to sail in one of the grandfathers of American regattas, the Larchmont Race Week. This annual event spanned top one-design classes, racer/cruisers, classic yachts, junior boats, and hosting the Storm Trysail Club’s Jr. Safety-at-Sea Seminar.

The first weekend’s one-design circle added to the Race Week program two regional championship regattas: the Viper 640 Mid-Atlantic Championship that attracted 22 competitors and was won by LYC’s Cardwell Potts and Ted Ferrarone and the Etchells Long Island Sound Championship also won by a local, Senet Bischoff. Shields, IODs, S Boats, Ideal 18s, and, on the second weekend, J/70s joined the racing as did 28 Vanguard 15s racing for their 2017 National Championship. LYC’s Clay Bischoff was named the V-15’s 2017 National Champion.

Clay Bischoff was also presented the Anne Kathleen Cullen Memorial Trophy, named in honor of a young LYC sailor killed during WW II while with the Red Cross in France. The Cullen Memorial Trophy recognizes the sailor turning in the best overall performance during Race Week.

On the racer/cruiser course, over 35 boats competed in PHRF spinnaker, non-spinnaker, and classic divisions. These boats sailed windward/leeward courses both Saturdays, a pursuit race the first Sunday (abandoned as the wind died), culminating with the third running of the Around Execution Rocks Race. This final event had all the racer/cruises on one starting line joined by the Viper 640s and S-Boats who chose to join the fray. As in years past, the start of this multi-class race was the highlight of the weekend. It should be noted that the Around Execution Rocks Race had 40 boats of varying sizes on the line in 15 knots of wind with the largest boat racing, Andrew and Linda Weiss’ Sydney 43 Christopher Dragon beating the previous course record winning the trophy and a case of rum.

The Charles Vanderlaan Trophy, recognizing the best overall racer/cruiser performance was awarded to George and Alex Wilbanks’ J/105 Revelation and the Vincent Monte-Sano Trophy for the best performing LYC racer/cruiser was awarded to Bud Heerde sailing his X-34 Maudelayne.

All this took place wrapped around three days of the 91st Larchmont Junior Race Week when 250 420s, Lasers, Radials, Fevas, and Pixels raced long into the evenings including their traditional Race Week Junior Dance on Tuesday night. Thursday’s Larchmont Opti Day attracted 125 competitors to this annual regatta. All in, over 500 juniors sailed in Jrunior Race Week.

Race Committee Chairman John May noted, “Our Race Committee again was up to the job running three circles every day, and, despite the lack of cooperation by the wind gods, lots of good races were conducted and excellent competition was demonstrated.”

LYC Commodore Andrew Kaplan also commented, “Running excellent racing is, of course, our Club’s primary focus during Race Week, but over the past few years the Club has been working to regain some of the shore-side fun and energy that Larchmont Race Week embodied for many years. I can’t tell you how pleased I was to see hundreds of sailors, members, and guests staying after sailing to enjoy the hospitality and social events we offered. I can’t thank our Club staff enough for all they did this week...both on and off the water.”  

Click here for Senior Race Week results. 

Click here for Junior Race Week results.

119th Larchmont Race Week Gets Off to a Solid Start

July 15-16, 2017

This granddaddy of Long Island Sound annual regattas started last Saturday, July 15-16, with racer/cruisers, one-designs, Ideal 18s, and classic yachts heading out of the harbor in light winds for racing. On both days, the winds created a lot of postponements before racing could get underway.  

There were two championship regattas being raced as part of Race Week’s first weekend: the Etchells Long Island Sound Championship with 20 boats competing, and 19 Viper 640s competing for their MidAtlantic Championship.

On Saturday, a fickle wind shifted from the southeast to west and back before a northerly finally filled in around 1500 and two races were sailed by the one-designs and a solo for the big boats. Sunday, the one-designs only managed one shortened race before being sent in for the day...the big boats started their pursuit race which was eventually abandoned.
Within the championship fleets, however, the competition was still keen. LYC’s Senet Bischoff, sailing his Russian sounding boat “KGB” won the title. Interestingly, while most Etchells were sailing with either three or four aboard, KGB sailed with five, according to Yacht Scoring, was reported to have sailed with five as Senet, his brother Clay, and Ned Roseberry were joined by two new sailors—Donald Trump, Jr. and Jared Kushner. Somehow the quintet managed to beat Scott Kauffman by a single point for the title. Also in the Etchells mix was Chris Mark and a family team sailing Marx Brothers to a ninth place finish.
 
Nineteen Vipers were on hand for the MidAtlantics with LYC’s Cardwell Potts and Ted Ferrarone easily taking the 19-boat event with five points after scoring 3-1-1. Also aboard were Jennifer Potts and Sally Levinson (Saturday) and Clara Robertson (Sunday). Finishing in second with a 4-3-4 lines core and 11 points was Peter Bauer with Ryan Zupon and Justin Harrison aboard.
 
In the other one-design class, leading positions are held by Mike Carr in the Shields Class, Bob Mehlich in the S Boat division, Elliott Wislar in the IOD, and Nancy White and Anne Locher won the weekend’s stage of the Ideal 18 Summer Series.
 
On the big boat circle, the leads are currently held by Bud Heerde’s Maudelayne in the PHRF division, Len Di Iorio’s Impulse in Non-Spinnaker, George and Alex Wilbank’s Revelation in the J/105s, and Kirke Bartley’s Salty took the Classics weekend event.
 
Junior Race Week started Monday with four races followed by two races on Tuesday, the traditional Tuesday night Jr. Race Week Dance, and final Junior racing scheduled for today.
 
Tomorrow, Thursday, is Opti Day followed by Friday’s Storm Trysail Jr. Safety-at-Sea Seminar with senior racing returning Saturday/Sunday with the addition of the Vanguard 15 Nationals...and Saturday night’s rousing Reggae Party.
 
Full results can be accessed here.  


Jason Carroll's Team Argo "Flying" to Victory in Mediterranean GC32 Regatta

July 2017

LYC member Jason Carroll has racked-up a string of victories over the past decade including World Championships in the Melges 32 class and the North American Championship in the Viper 640. Recently, Jason’s attention has turned towards foiling catamarans. While not the 45 foot, fixed wing craft sailed in the recent America’s Cup, the GC32 certainly is able to turn one’s eye as it blasts past you foiling at 25+ knots.

The GC32 class divides its competitors into two divisions: an overall, open division and an “owner/driver” division where the person who actually owns the boat is at the helm rather than some hired gun. Jason qualifies as an owner/driver but has been showing his transom to most of the open boats.

Jason’s most recent win with his Team Argo was over the June 28-July1 weekend. Sailing in Villasimius, Italy, Carroll and his Team Argo were unstoppable at the GC32 Villasimius Cup after the American crew foiled to victory on a beautiful final day in Sardinia. On the final day of this 7-yacht regatta, Team Argo won handily capping off the victory on the final day when the breeze started around 10 knots from the west and built to 18 knots. By the end of four windward-leeward races that saw the fleet charging downwind at speeds approaching 30 knots, Carroll had never been out of the top three and won the Cup with only 22 points compared to the Swiss and Japanese teams that tied for second with 36 points.

“Some Owner Drivers show up at more events than others, so we’ve put in the time and the practice on the boat which really helps us. I’ve got a great team around me and we divided up the decision making on board to help take the load off Alister [Richardson] and I think that has helped us this week.”

For the full story including results and a video of Argo foiling across the Mediterranean, click here.   

YouTube Team Argo video here.  

Cornelius Shields Elected to Sailing Hall of Fame

July 12, 2017

Cornelius Shields is to be inducted in the National Sailing Hall of Fame, the first member of LYC to be so honored, for his significant impact on the sport of sailing. In addition, Corny will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his noteworthy non-sailing career. The induction will be celebrated on September 27, at the New York Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island.

Corny was a member of the Club from 1924 until his death in 1981. Among other contributions, he fathered the IOD and Shields classes, the first by collaborating with the Norwegian designer and builder of the IOD and sailing his IOD named "Aileen" successfully for many years until a heart attack curtailed his racing in 1956. He later collaborated with Olin Stephens to design the Shields and arranged for their construction and distribution, personally donating fleets to both the Merchant Marine Academy at Ft. Schuyler and the Coast Guard Academy at King's Point.
 
Corny Shields was also largely responsible for the development of frostbiting at LYC and elsewhere on the Sound, initially by participating in the New Year's Day racing at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, which started it all, and then by promoting the use of the BO dinghies and their later replacement by the Stevens designed ICs which are still in use today. Corny also served in the afterguards various America's Cup contenders and defenders including the J Boat Yankee and the 12 Metre Columbia. In 1953, he was the first winner of the Mallory Cup, emblematic of the men's national championship, after which he was pictured on the cover of Time magazine, a copy of which hangs on the first floor of the club.
 
Corny was proud of the fact that his family was the only one to have claimed the national championships three times. His daughter Aileen won the Adams Cup (the Women’s Championship) in 1948 and his son, Corny, Jr. (currently LYC’s Member #1) won the Mallory Cup in 1965. During his years at the Club, Corny encouraged his children and many other young sailors at the club to compete in the sport, many of whom are still active LYC sailors.

More information on the National Hall of Fame and write ups on the others who have been previously inducted or being inducted this year may be found here. 


LYC's Warrior Won Wins Class in
Marblehead-to-Halifax Race

July 9-11, 2017

Chris Sheehan's XP-44 Warrior Won finished the 2017 Marblehead-to-Halifax on July 11, 2017 at 1343 giving the crew the win for their ORR-1 Division as well as an 11th in ORR overall. Warrior Won was the only LYC boat sailing in this year's Halifax race and had the following members onboard: Chris Sheehan and his son Joost-Olan Sheehan, Peter Bauer, Peter Carpenter, H.L and Katie DeVore, Andres de Lasa, and Ryan Zupon.

This is Warrior Won's second M-T-H race having sailed in 2015 when they won the IRC-2 Division.

Shield Regatta: The Most Successful Ocean Great Lakes Challenge Cup in 100 Years

June 23-25, 2017

History
First offered by Chicago Yacht Club in 1915 to encourage competition between the club and eastern yacht clubs, the regatta was raced for eight years in the ‘40s and 50s in Luders 16s (beautiful boats similar to Shields), with Indian Harbor YC and Chicago YC trading the cup back and forth.  
 
In 2014, the Shields Class resurrected and relaunched the event, and since then, crews from Chicago, the west coast (Monterey) and various east coast yacht clubs have competed annually for the trophy.
 
Larchmont’s Ocean Great Lakes Challenge Cup
From Friday June 23 to Sunday June 25, Larchmont Yacht Club and Shields Fleet One hosted the historic Ocean Great Lakes Challenge Cup, with 8 crews competing for this prestigious trophy.
Eight strong teams, featuring the current and three former Shields National Champions, came together in Larchmont over last weekend to race in spectacular conditions. There were five visiting crews (Monterey (CA), Marion (MA), Indian Harbor (CT), Mason’s Island (CT), Newport (RI)) and three local entries, making this the most successful event in its 100 year history.
 
Saturday featured four races in north westerly winds that built into the 20s with gusts up to 29 knots. Racing was tight with some spectacular downwind legs under spinnaker in the first two races, until safety and prudence dictated that the last 2 races be “non-spinnaker”. Two more races were held on Sunday in a moderate south westerly - more typical for Larchmont – giving the teams a range of conditions to deal with. The event was won by current Shields National Champions, John Burnham/Reed Baer (Shields #107, Grace) and their team from Newport. A big thank you to the Shields Fleet One, the Club and to Race Committee for making this happen and pulling off a very successful event. 

LYC Members Enjoy a Foggy Block Island Week

June 19-23, 2017

A cadre of LYC members participated in the Storm Trysail Club’s 2017 Block Island Race Week from June 19-23. Living up to its reputation, “fog happened” at BIRW...in spades. Monday’s first day of racing was cancelled due to heavy winds with fog creating dangerous visibility at times of less than 100’. Tuesday afternoon, once the fog finally cleared, racing commenced with Wednesday’s fabled “Around the Island Race” finishing in gusts approaching 30 knots with the return of dense fog off the mouth of the Great Salt Pond.

On the water were three LYC boats: Andrew and Linda Weiss’ Christopher Dragon finished a strong second in competitive, 9-boat IRC 2 division. Butch Ulmer was Dragon’s tactician with Allie and Buttons Padin and Pat Johnson in the crew. Carl Olsson’s Morning Glory sailed in the keenly competitive J/109 division competing for their North American Championship. Morning Glory finished sixth out of 21 boats with Suzanne O’Sullivan and Owen Zimmerman aboard. Rich du Moulin’s Lora Ann sailed in the Performance Cruising division, a first for this renowned racer. Despite returning to Larchmont mid-week to welcome a new grandson, du Moulin’s remaining crew worked Lora Ann into a fourth place finishing position.

LYC was also well represented on shore and in support boats at BIRW. Marcie Trenholm, Nick and Penny Langone helped with the overall management assisting Whitney Kneisley, STC’s Executive Director. Mary Savage and Patty O’Donnell were on the International Jury. Fulfilling various roles on the water were Binky Hoffmann, Peter Bauer, Jed Kelly, and Greg Storer.

Great sailing, great camaraderie, and another great BIRW is in the books!     
                                      
Full BIRW results here

40th Anniversary Marion Bermuda Race

June 9, 2017

Fifty boats entered in this year's 40th Anniversary Marion Bermuda Race and enjoyed a steady breeze for the start on June 9. Light winds dominated as the fleet approached Bermuda, with most boats finishing Wednesday, June 14 when the breeze freshened. LYC members John Mawe, Tim Walsh, and Roland Schulz were aboard former LYC member Steve Landis' Cynthia which took first place in the Founders Class A.

Sail Newport Youth Regatta
Another great Showing by LYC Junior Sailors

June 3-4, 2017

Four LYC Opti sailors headed to Newport, Rhode Island, over the weekend of June 3-4, for the Sail Newport Youth Challenge regatta.  Ten races were sailed over two days amid shifting winds and the constant threat of thunderstorms.  Wyatt Bischoff, Margaux Cowles, and Morgan Gochberg finished 2nd, 5th, and 25th overall, respectively. LYC’s Owen Bischoff kicked off his summer season by sailing some races in the white fleet. Full results click here.
 

Carl Olsson's Morning Glory 3rd in J/109 East Coast Championship

June 3-4, 2017

Sailing his Morning Glory, former LYC Commodore Carl Olsson finished third in the highly competitive 17-boat J/109 fleet during last weekend's Cedar Point One-Design Regatta giving him a spot on the podium for this key championship. Aboard with Dr. Olsson from LYC were Owen Zimmerman and Suzanne O’Sullivan. Well done, Carl! Click here for results.
 

LYC Team Second Viper 640
Atlantic Coast Championship

June 2-4, 2017

A new Viper in the LYC fleet this year is Great Scott, owned by Peter Beardsley and Jay Rhame. Great Scott has traveled a lot for a brand new boat including a trip to Hampton, VA, last weekend for the Viper 640 Atlantic Coast Championship. Sailing with Jay and Peter was Rachel Beardsley.
 
In a light air regatta with 15 Vipers racing, it was a close battle between Great Scott and former LYC Summer Member Zeke Horowitz’s Jenny. In the end, after seven races, it was Jenny that took the title by a single point. It was an interesting scoreline as Jenny won the first four races and, staging a terrific comeback, Great Scott won the final three. Maybe one more race should have been sailed!!!
 
This Championship was sailed as part of Hampton Yacht Club’s Southern Bay Race Week that attracted both one-design and handicap racers from all over the east coast. Congratulations to Great Scott for continuing the Beardsley/Rhame tradition of representing LYC solidly at major Viper regattas across the country. Results click here.
 

Annapolis Newport Race

June 2-3, 2017

Two LYC boats competed in the 2017 edition of the Annapolis to Newport Race. After 32 boats started the race on June 2 with the balance of 16 starters on June 3, the winners have been confirmed today. Black Pearl, a Carkeek 47 skippered by Stefan Jentzsch of Germany, took top honors in IRC 1 and was also overall winner.
 
Placing first in IRC 1 Racer/Cruiser and third in IRC Overall was Andrew & Linda Weiss’ Christopher Dragon with LYC members Butch Ulmer, Rich du Moulin, Doug Lynn, and Patrick Johnson aboard.
 
Finishing second in IRC 1 Racer/Cruiser and sixth in IRC Overall was Chris Sheehan’s Warrior Won. Aboard with Sheehan from LYC were HL DeVore, Chad Corning, Patrick Slattery, Katie DeVore, Ryan Zupon, Peter Carpenter, and Peter Bauer.  
 
In addition to the two LYC home port yachts racing, Warrior, a vintage Volvo 70 took line honors and broke the race course record. Aboard Warrior was former LYC Junior Sailor Scott Tompkins.
 
For a news recap of the race and to “replay” on the Yellow Brick Tracker, click here.
 

LYC Juniors Named Collegiate Sailing All Americans

June 2, 2017

Larchmont Yacht Club is proud to announce that three of our former Junior Sailors have been recognized as part of the 2016-17 College All American Sailing team. Ty Ingram (MIT ’18) was named an All American skipper, and Harry Koeppel (Boston College ’17) an All American Honorable Mention...also a very, very impressive honor.  Read more about the All American selections here.

Ty and Harry are joined on this collegiate sailing honor roll by Casey Klingler who, while in the process of helping her Yale Women’s team win the Collegiate Women’s Championship, received the honor of being cited as Runner-up for the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year and being named a Women’s All American Skipper in her own right. Read more here.

This has been a pretty great year of collegiate sailing for LYC Juniors.  
 

2017 Robie Pierce Regatta for Sailors with Disabilities a Huge Success 

June 1-4, 2017

Last week, from Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4, over 50 sailors with disabilities gathered at American Yacht Club to participate in the Robie Pierce Regatta. This was the ninth Robie that is run jointly by LYC and AYC with the venue alternating every year.
 
This was a particularly inspiring Robie as the fleet included two 14-year olds and some early twenty-somethings. For these youngsters, as well as the older sailors, this annual gathering of disabled competitors, able bodied sailors, and scores of LYC and AYC volunteers will be one of their 2017 highlights.
 
The LYC team, led by Robie co-chair Buttons Padin included over 30 LYC members playing roles that ranged from installing sailor adaptations in the two Clubs’ Ideal 18s and helping with registration to driving medical boats and housing visiting sailors.
 
To read Scuttlebutt’s article on this year’s Robie click here.
 

High School Sailing

May 27-28, 2017

The High School sailing season came to a close with the Baker Team Racing Championship as the top 12 schools across the USA raced in Club Flying Juniors on May 27-28 in Norfolk, VA. Mamaroneck High School, who practices at Larchmont Yacht Club three days a week, finished in 5th place at the event. This is the first time MHS has ever qualified for the Baker Championship in the school's history. The race committee did an excellent job squeezing in as many races as possible in the light and shifty conditions. If you see the kids around the yacht club please congratulate them on an excellent finish. 

Left to Right: Emma Kaneti, Molly Banks, Lizzy Kaplan, Bo Eaves, Julia Henderson, Carmen Cowles, Guy Santee, Emma Cowles.

Five LYC Junior Sailors Raced in the 2017 i420 MidWinter Champs

February 22, 2017

Carmen and Emma Cowles beat out thirty-three teams to claim the International 420 Midwinter Championship and were also awarded the top girls team trophy. The regatta was held February 18-20 on the ocean south of Government Cut and east of Virginia Key in Miami, FL. Tommy Rice and Trevor Bornarth finished ten points behind to place second followed by LYC’s Emma Kaneti and Ciara Rodriguez-Horan from CRYC in third. LYC junior sailors Lizzie Kaplan and Hope Gallagher also participated in the regatta. Please click here to read the full article in the Scuttlebutt Sailing News. 


Left to Right: Hope Gallagher, Emma Cowles,
Lizzie Kaplan, Emma Kaneti, Carmen Cowles

Two LYC Sailiors on the Podium at
Arizona Yacht Club Regatta

February 19, 2017

LYC’s Peter Beardsley and Buttons Padin flew west last weekend to do some—get ready—desert sailing. The conditions they encountered weren’t exactly what they had xpected. Rain and strong winds marked Arizona Yacht Club’s 2017 Leukemia Cup-Birthday Regatta sailed on Lake Pleasant, just north of Phoenix. Friday was gorgeous, Saturday not so much, Sunday was better, but who needs cold and rainy?
 
Obviously the weather gods hadn’t read the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s tourism brochure that called for balmy, warm, and sunny days with light to moderate winds. As the California coast was getting blasted with weather, Arizona experienced the outcroppings of those western storms with winds as high as 20 knots at times and rain. Did someone mention that it rained...and was cold? Whatever. It was still a great weekend of Viper racing with good competition, fun shore side activities, and the traditional great Viper sailor camaraderie.
 
When it was over, Jeff Grange (Santa Barbara, CA), racing Venom with his wife Caroline and fellow Santa Barbara sailor Mike Cooney, had mowed down the Viper competition: his single “bad” race (a third) tossed out, leaving him with a total of 9 points in 9 scored races. Grange also won the overall prize of this western-themed regatta—a huge custom cowboy belt buckle. The Viper fleet can’t wait to see him wearing that over his hiking pants.
 
Tim Carter (Long Beach, CA) sailing Cobra with Buttons Padin and Phoenix/SoCal racer Luce Sahali fought an epic battle for second with host club’s Tony Chapman, Peter Beardsley, and local Jonathan Abel-Millman. Throughout the regatta there was usually only one or two points separating second and third. Carter/Padin/Sahali took a one-point lead on Friday and clung to it through Sunday
 
Reactions of the east coast sailors to sailing on a desert lake: “For me, this was only my second time sailing in fresh water...and that was a joy,” noted Padin who continued, “However the lake...situated 150 feet below the canyon rim...with huge Sonora cacti just 100 yards beyond the windward mark...was so different from our normal Long Island Sound sailing that I felt like a tourist the entire regatta.”
 
Beardsley noted, “It’s a wild venue. The racing was really close and the hospitality was excellent. It was a bit of bad luck to be there for two of the 10 days they’ll get precipitation this year, but I feel like a jerk complaining about rain in the desert, and it may have been three of the best wind days on the lake this year, so I’ll take it.”
 
Tony Chapman and Kelly Beaver host the regatta for the Vipers and Kelly is always there the first night to open her renowned Mini Bar. Viper sailors have all read about this alcoholic “Mini Bar” phenomenon reading previous AYC Leukemia Cup reports...but it wasn’t until Padin and Beardsley saw that it was her red BMW Mini with the back lid open acting as the post race bar that it finally clicked.
 
Even with the chilly and “damp” weather, the racing was great, the partying was legendary (including Phoenix’s Mike Hester dislocating his shoulder only to have Canadian sailor Nick Kofski’s crew Betsy Carson reset it), and the fellowship was unmatched.
 
Many SoCal sailors will be back for the 2018 AYC Leukemia Cup Regatta as well as two New Yorkers. BTW, their skippers gave to Padin and Beardsley their key prize keepers (cowboy hats) and the two looked like total Yahoos getting on the plane the next day!  Click here for results.




LYC Cate Mollerus featured in Sailing World's
"Junior All-Stars on the Rise"

February 8, 2017

Cate Mollerus, 17, of LYC crews on a 29er with skipper Louisa Nordstrom, of Osprey, Florida. Together they qualified for the World Sailing Youth Championship in New Zealand.  Cate started by sailing Optimists but found her passion for racing team when she was 14.  When not sailing, Cate enjoys playing varsity field hockey and is captain of her high school team. Mollerus plans to attend Yale University in the fall and intends to try out for their sailing program.  Click here to read the full interview in Sailing World.

LYC Sailors Sweep Podiums at Manhasset Bay YC New Year's Regatta

December 31-January 1

Sailed on Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1, in sunny Manhasset Bay, three LYC winter sailing members swept the podium for this traditional year-end regatta. Topping the 18-boat fleet were Simon Strauss sailing with Anne Patin recording a commanding win over the 12-race event. Fourteen points behind Strauss and Patin were Anne’s father Paul Jon Patin and Felicity Ryan followed by Steve Benjamin with crew Brooks Daley.
 
Being sailed at the same time, MBYC’s Ideal 18 New Year’s Regatta found LYC sailors in two of the top three spots. Peter and Rachel Beardsley with Simon Karstoft won six of the dozen races placing second in four more. In third place were LYC’s Pam Washington and Matt Temares just four points out of second.
 
LYC frostbiters made quite the impression on MBYC over the weekend accounting for 11 of the 18-boat IC fleet and two of the six Ideals. That is just one more example of the depth and breadth of the sailors seen sailing off the LYC front docks on Sunday afternoons. Congratulations to the three winning crews and all the LYC sailors who choose to ring-in the New Year on the water.

Click here for results.