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Sailing News 2017

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.