Sailing News 2014

Argo Wins 2014 Melges 32 World Championship

Miami, FL
December 2-6, 2014 

For the first time in the history of the Melges 32 class, there is a back-to-back Melges 32 World Champion.  Jason Carroll's team Argo showed excellent form during the grueling 5-day, 10 race series to pull off a 7-point victory over the Italian flagged Torpyone.

The event was sailed primarily in medium-heavy conditions with only the final day sailed in sedate breeze.  In many ways this was the toughest Worlds yet.  Although the fleet was smaller, it was of almost absurdly high quality with top-level professional and amateur sailors liberally sprinkled through the field.  Argo got off to a good start by winning race 2 by over two minutes and sitting in second after day one. The team faltered at bit with a 12th in day two but still remained near the top of the standings as no one team could find the consistency to break clear. On day three the team found its stride winning one of the races and assuming the clubhouse lead at the end of the day – a lead she would not relinquish.  The team was certainly firing on all cylinders as they finished off the event with a 1,2,1 score line. 
Carroll becomes the only two-time winner of the world title after winning his first last year in Porto Rotundo, Italy.
Congratulations to Jason and LYC's Chad Corning who helped lead the team to their second World Championship.

Click here to view a video of Jason Carroll immediately following his win.

Optimist World Championship

San Isidro, Argentina
October 22-30, 2014

LYC's Emma Kaneti finishes 10th overall at the Optimist World Championship in Argentina, and is the 2nd female in the event. Emma was also the 2nd finisher from USA.
Team USA had a very impressive showing at the event having the best final points average from any country, and was awarded "The Miami Herald Cup". 
Way to go Emma and Team USA!
Click here for complete scores and more information on the 2014 Optimist Worlds.  

Emma Kaneti (left) accepting the award for 2nd girl.

Team USA

2014 USODA Atlantic Coast Champs

Brant Beach, NJ
October 11-12, 2014

LYC Optimist Sailors traveled to Brant Beach YC this weekend for the USODA ACCs. Mother Nature showed all her colors with plenty of wind and rain on Saturday, and sunshine, warmer temps and lighter winds for the 223 boat fleet on Sunday.

LYC's Carmen Cowles finished strong in 2nd place taking First in Red Fleet and was the Top Girl. Emma Kaneti was 4th overall, 3rd in Red Fleet and was the Second Girl; while Emma Cowles was 8th overall, 6th in Red Fleet and the 3rd girl. 
Full results can be found here: Atlantic Coast Champs


Columbus Day Weekend

Larchmont, NY
October 11-12, 2014

It was jam-packed at LYC this Columbus Day Week End, with the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, the YRA Columbus Day One-Design Regatta, and a fleet of Vipers competing in the High Performance Dinghy Open at AYC, with other events around the club proceeding as usual, including a couple of weddings.

Larchmont co-hosted the IOR Regatta, run by our friends at the Storm Trysail Club. With 52 college teams in 52 keelboats, all generously loaned by their owners, it was a sight to behold and a life-long memory for the participants. College teams from around the country and as far away as France competed in IRC, PHRF, and One-design divisions.

In IRC, the US Naval Academy took first place in Ron Richman’s J/133 Antidote, while in PHRF the top prize went to the University of Toledo, sailing Jamie Anderson’s Express 37 Troubador. In the one-designs, the University of Michigan took top honors in Philip Gutin’s J/44 Beagle, Roger Williams University nabbed 1st in Harald Edegran’s J/105 Conundrum, and the College of Charleston narrowly edged out Mass Maritime for the top podium spot while sailing Bog Siegel’s J/109 Pax 3.

For many of these young sailors, it will be the last time anyone lends them a beautiful keelboat to race; moreover, it is a world away from the the spinnaker-less dinghies of college racing, a true team endeavor, and one that is sure to inspire a lifelong love of racing keelboats in many of this weekend’s 500+ competitors. For completes results, visit Yachtscoring.

Meanwhile, LYC hosted the YRA Columbus Day One-Design regatta, which attracted a fleet of Etchells and S-Boats for heavy winds and rain on day one, and light-to-dying air on day two. Stay tuned for full results.

Meanwhile, a fleet of 15 LYC Vipers launched to take part in the annual High-Performance Dinghy Open, hosted by AYC and sponsored by Heineken. Jay Rhame took home 2nd place on his Flux Capacitor, while Peter Beardsley and David Owen took 4th on their Ghost Panda, in a strong fleet of 35 boats. Also at the HPDO, Ted Ferrarone took 3rd place in a fleet of 15 International 505s, sailing with Matt Kaplan (age 17) on Saturday and with Henry Fernberger (age 18) on Sunday. For complete results visit Yachtscoring.

Amidst these multitudinous events, club business proceeded as usual: several weddings ceremonies were officiated and celebrated, sails and sailors moved on, off and between boats, good food and wine enjoyed, and all without a hitch.

Jay Rhame and crew work their way upwind at the HPDO.

Photo finish between J/109 Apsara and Nordlys.

LYC's HL DeVore Wins Northern Ocean Racing Trophy

September 2014

With his recent win in both the 80th Vineyard Race and the 2014 Newport-Bermuda as well as a top finish in the Storm Trysail Club Block Island race, HL DeVore and his crew have secured a spot in the history books, capturing the 44th annual Northern Ocean Racing Trophy. DeVore and his crew sailed his J/44 Honahlee. Capturing top honors in Atlantic Ocean racing is particularly impressive considering the competition included many Bermuda race winners and previous Northern Ocean Racing Trophy winners.  DeVore’s name will be painted permanently on the wall at Stamford Yacht Club beneath last year’s winner George David who sailed his 90’ maxi Rambler.  The wall includes many legends of sailing past and present.

“Labor Day weekend’s Vineyard Race is a classic American yachting event: a 238-mile course stretching from Shippan Point, through the swirling currents of the Race or Plum Gut, past Block Island, and on to the light tower at the entrance to Buzzard’s Bay, to return leaving Block Island to starboard en route to the finish in Stamford Harbor. Begun in 1932, it has attracted the finest sailors and fastest boats for nearly 80 years, and its intricacies and challenges bring them back time after time”

Rich du Moulin, also hailing from LYC and doublehanding on his Express 37 Lora Ann,captured 3rd place in the Vineyard Race’s doublehanded IRC division, thus winning the Double Handed Ocean Racing Trophy, the sister trophy of the NORT, meaning both LYC member names on the perpetual trophy will be from Larchmont.

2014 Etchells World Championship

Newport, RI
June 21-28, 2014

LYC/NYYC sailors Senet and Clay Bischoff, sailing with Senet's boat partner, Ben Kinney, place 4th in the 2014 Etchells World Championship at New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court in Newport, RI. This special edition of Digital Spyglass looks at Senet and Clay Bishoff, and LYC sailor Chris Marx. Chris and Tom Marx sailed their boat Marx Bros., with veteran LYC sailor Dan Ronan as crew. Marx Bros. finished in 38th place and had some solid races including a 4th in Race 4.

Read the full interview here.

2014 Newport Bermuda Race

June 20, 2014

The Newport Bermuda Race started off Castle Hill in Newport, RI, on Friday, June 20. No records were broken this year for the 635 mile race which included lighter than normal winds. The fleet started under spinnakers. LYC sailors were out in force and showed solid results in the biannual classic. Over the years numerous LYC Yachts have been atop the leader board and 2014 was no exception. This year HL DeVore's J-44 Honahlee was first in the very successful and competitive J-44 Class 5. Honahlee was also 14th in a fleet of nearly 70 racing yachts.
Rich duMoulin's Express 37 Lora Ann finished a solid second place in Double Handed Class 13. Also in the double handed division was LYC's Chad Corning sailing aboard Pelione, the Class 40 Racing owned by Ed Cesare, which has been actively competing  in the carbon neutral Atlantic Cup. Chad and Ed also had a respectable showing finishing 4th in class. Andrew and Linda Weiss's Sydney 43 Christopher Dragon was also representing LYC and  was showing signs of a top finish during a good part of the race but dropped to 8th in class.

For more information and complete scores please click here.

Bay of Biscay, France

June 6, 2014

For 8 days in late April, fourteen Tufts University sailors attended the largest collegiate regatta in Europe, held in Les Sables d’Olonne in the Bay of Biscay.  The regatta was sponsored and organized entirely by students at the elite EDHEC school of business. Conditions were dramatically rough—including 20+ knots winds and 8-10 foot seas practically every day of racing. 

LYC member and Tufts senior Tori Porter, a member of the Club’s junior sailing program, a former junior instructor, and two-time winner of the Shulz-Heik Award for big boat sailing, skippered a J-80. With 4 Tufts teammates, her boat placed 18th out of 39 boats in the open J-80 class, which included professional sailors representing some schools. Tufts, the only U.S. school to field two teams, also sailed in the Grand Surprise one-design class. That boat qualified for the final round held in Longtze boats (similar to a Viper with 5 people on board) and finished a close second in the overall results.

Tufts is coached by Ken Legler, who grew up in Larchmont and whose family were long time Larchmont members. All of the Tufts sailors were seniors who graduated last month, finishing the year as the 6th ranked co-ed dinghy sailing team in the U.S.

The Storm Trysail Club’s latest Intercollegiate Regatta (held at LYC in October and attended by a French team from EDHEC) served as the impetus for four U.S. collegiate teams (Tufts, Georgetown, Drexel, University of Chicago) to attend the EDHEC regatta. The EDHEC sponsors included incentives for American teams by waiving the charter fee generally applicable to all European competitors.

Robie Pierce Regatta
Larchmont, NY 

June 5, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your participation, contributions, compassion, and camaraderie last weekend as the Robie Pierce Regattas hosted over 45 sailors with disabilities from 19 different states and Canadian provinces. 

This was the best Robie we’ve had yet, because of the sense of community and camaraderie that the competitors and volunteers have developed since our first USDSC at American in 2008. This commitment continues to grow and has become more deeply rooted in the lives of all of our volunteers and our two yacht clubs.

Thank you for your contributions large, small, and in between. It was an amazing team effort. Now let’s start planning to have an even better Robie at American next May 28-31. Mark your calendars now!

Please read the full Scuttlebutt article HERE.

59th Edlu Distance Race
Larchmont, NY

May 16, 2014

The 59th Annual Edlu Distance Race was held Saturday, May 10, 2014.

The race gave the competitors a little of everything, Sunny skies, a steady breeze, and a bit of a squall followed by a great barbecue and award ceremony in the Pandemonium sponsored by Saranac Beer.
George and Alex Wilbanks "Revelation" was the winner of the 59th Edlu Trophy as well as the Commodore Wilfred Kluss trophy for the best corrected time in the PHRF Class.

Stephen & Heidi Benjamin's "Spookie"  took home the Black Watch Bowl for the best elapsed time overall along with the Henry S. Sayers Trophy for the best elapsed time in the IRC Class. The Nyala Trophy  for the best corrected time in IRC was awarded to Philip Gutin's "Beagle".

Paul Strauch's "Andiamo" was the winner of the Ruth G. McKay Memorial Trophy for having the best elapsed time in the PHRF Division.

Ty Anderson's "Skye" was the winner in a very tough PHRF Double-Handed Division.

The PHRF Non-Spinnaker Division was won decidedly by Dan Costin's "Ibex"

Robie Pierce Regattas News
Larchmont, NY

May 15, 2014

The 2014 Robie Pierce Regattas are just a few weeks away

The Robie Pierce Regattas, hosted jointly by the Larchmont and American Yacht Clubs will be sailed out of LYC again this year with the Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational on Thursday, May 29, and the open Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta on Friday, May 30-Sunday, June 1. Thanks to the concerted effort of the joint LYC/AYC Robie Committee, over 20 specially adapted Ideal 18s will be on the starting line sailed by a crew of two sailors with disabilities assisted by one able bodies sailor (AB).
Last year was the first year the Robie included wounded veterans in its roll. The following is a thank you note from one of those vets, Vivian Snyder from San Francisco. Click HERE to read more.

Atlantic Cup

New York, NY

May 14, 2014

LYC Member Chad Corning sailing with Ed Cesare, past LYC Winter Sailing Member, on Ed's Pleiad Racing finished in third place for leg 1 of the 2014 Atlantic Cup.
Pleiad Racing showed a very strong performance during leg 1 making some excellent tactical routing calls while maintaining great speed. From off the Delaware coast most of the way up to NY they led the race, and not until the final few minutes of the race did they drop to 3rd after the breeze disintegrated near the finish. 
The race is an International Class 40 distance race from Charleston, SC to Newport, RI via NYC. The race concludes with an around the buoys race, combined scores from legs 1 & 2 to determine the Atlantic Cup overall winner. The Class 40 is primarily sailed double handed and is known for its commitment to the environment and for being a carbon neutral class.
Follow Chad and Ed's progress through the Atlantic Cup’s website during leg 2 which starts on Saturday, May 17, in New York Harbor.

USODA Team Trials


May 5, 2014

Five Larchmont YC Junior sailors battled the best of the best in the U.S to compete for a position on the U.S. National Team. Two of our sailors in particular dominated in the 200+ sailor field. Emma Kaneti placed 4th overall and was the top girl in the fleet, as well Emma Cowles was 10th overall and was the 3rd girl.Emma Kaneti's result secures her a position on the Team USA World Championship Team. Carmen Cowles who  ended up in 22nd overall and Lizzie Kaplan who finished 47th overall both had a phenomenal regatta as well. Charlie Roseberry, being the youngest of the LYC'ers at age 12 had several top finishes, (12th, 15th, 36th, 40th & 46th out of the 200 plus field.) All of our sailors have a promising future ahead of them and we congratulate them on their hard work.
For complete scores you can visit:

Congratulations to LYC Juniors on their top performance!
Emma Kaneti (age 14 ) 4th overall and 1st girl
Emma Cowles (age 14) 10th overall and 3rd girl
Carmen Cowles (age 14) 22nd overall and 6th girl
Lizzie Kaplan (age 13) 47th overall and 9th girl
Charlie Roseberry (age 12) 136th overall

(pictured) Emma Kaneti accepting her award for fourth overall

LYC’s 49th Edlu Distance Race featured in Scuttlebutt Article

May 2, 2014

The Scuttlebutt e-newsletter edited by Californian Craig Leweck is, perhaps, the most widely read sailing media vehicle in the U.S. In Scuttlebutt’s Thursday, May 1 issue is an article describing a new concept in minimal crew racing—Plus-One. LYC’s Edlu Race on May 10 will be the first event to offer Plus-One IRC and PHRF divisions and you can read more about it at:

Please visit LYC's Edlu Race page for more information:

LYC Opti Sailors in Punta Del Este, Uruguay

April 9 - 20, 2014

The top 11 boys and top 4 girls from the International Spring Team Qualifier held at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club last October recently competed to sail in the South American Chmapionship in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.  LYC's Emma Cowles and  Emma Kaneti made the 15-sailor U.S. team to compete at the 2014 IODA South American Champs. Both girls were part of the Team USA 1 for the Team Racing event and they won the Nations' Cup. In the Fleet Regatta, Emma Cowles (pictured 7th from the left) placed 14th overall, 3rd girl overall, 3rd American; Emma Kaneti (pictured 9th from the left) placed 22nd overall, 5th girl overall, 7th American.

LYC Sailors Compete at Charleston Race Week         


April 10-13, 2014

Charleston, SC                                

Several LYC sailors, primarily in the Viper 640 class, made the nearly 800-mile trek to Charleston Race Week to race in what has become one of the country’s largest multiclass regattas. LYC sailors occupied five of the top 10 slots in the 21-boat Viper fleet, competing for the class’s Atlantic Coast Championship. Jason Carroll, Chad Corning, and Danny Pletsch led the charge in the Viper fleet, finishing second overall and winning the day overall on both Friday and Saturday.  Vicious Panda with David and James Owen, and Peter and Rachel Beardsley, placed fourth, Jay Rhame with a team loaded with LYC winter sailors Katie Murphy, Rachel Daugherty and Marcus Spillane placed sixth, Andrew Weiss and the DragonFire syndicate placed eighth, Peter Bauer, Buttons Padin and Chris Foley placed ninth. Ryan Zupon sailed his father’s J/70 Loki to 46th in the 75-boat J/70 fleet

Miami Spring Challenge


April 8, 2014

Miami, FL

Jason Carroll’s Melges 32 Argo returned to competition April 4-6 in Miami, FL at the Miami Spring Challenge.  Carroll and team lost a tiebreaker for second to finish the event in third overall.  This follows on the heels of a close second place finish last month at the same venue.
It was a tricky regatta with very warm ambient temps making the usually reliable easterly wind pattern unstable both in velocity and direction.  The opening day of the event saw Argo battling back from marginal positions early in the races to notch a 5,4,3 on the day.  Conditions were super-shifty and there were many position changes throughout each of the races.  Saturday dawned warm with very light winds.  The RC was able to get one marginal race in as the breeze died to zero.  This one did not go Argo’s way and would count as her throwout for the event.  Since most teams had mixed results the regatta was wide open on the final day.  Conditions were back to normal from the ESE at around 15 knots.  Argo had an emphatic win in the penultimate race which setup a winner taker all final race with the top 5 boats separated by just 4 points.  The 2012 world champion Samba Pa Ti jumped out to an early lead in the final race which left a street fight for the minor placings on the podium.  At the end of the day Argo just missed getting one boat in between herself and Dalton’s Devos’s Delta which was the difference between second and third.
The team will be based in Newport this summer for a series of three events including the National Championship where Argo will attempt to three-peat winning the event.  This autumn the team will return to Miami for a series of lead-up regattas before (hopefully) defending the World Championship in early December.

2014 InterClub National Championship


April 7, 2014

Manhasset Bay Yacht Club

LYC Winter Sailors take 5 spots of the top 10 at the IC National Championship. Challenging conditions were the story at this years IC' Nat's. Only two races were sailed on Saturday with too much wind on the race course and Sunday brought much less breeze as the race committee  was only able to get two races off. Paul- Jon Patin and Felicity Ryan finished in third place while Steve Benjamin and Christopher Mac ended up just behind them in Fourth. Also rounding out the top ten were Ted Ferrarone and Meredith Killion in sixth place just ahead of Ned & Charlie Roseberry in Seventh Place with Simon Strauss and Sofia Gerard ending up in tenth place.
 For more information and complete scores please click here

2014 Bacardi Miami Race Week

March 15, 2014
Miami, FL

LYC sailors continue to make their presence known in Miami. After Senet and Clay Bischoff’s recent Etchells triumph, three LYC Vipers sailed out of Miami’s Coral Reef Yacht Club for the Bacardi Miami Race Week March 6-8. Peter Bauer, Buttons Padin, and Chris Foley arrived the preceding weekend and sailed Wild Hogs in the EFG Winter Cup warm-up as well. Arriving for BMRW were Andrew Weiss and his Christopher Dragon crew and Bob Mathews sailing with LYC’s Patrick Slattery on Bob’s Viper Basilisk.

It was a rough week for Miami sailing. Thursday’s racing was called after two heats as a major front approached and the RC had to get over 120 boats safely ashore from three race circles. Friday was forecast to have high teen wind conditions but, by the time the first race was completed, the wind had increased to 30 knots with gusts beyond that. Appropriately, the RC sent everyone ashore again in hope that the wind would subside—which it never did. Regardless, everyone who sailed on Friday is still talking about the excitement of sailing in big winds with relatively flat seas.

To make-up for lost races, the RC called for their first warning an hour early for Saturday’s wrap-up. Unfortunately, the front that blew through the previous day took the wind with it and any hopes of getting more races in.

In the end, the three LYC boats had respectful mid-fleet results in what was a highly competitive international fleet.

Jason Carroll's Argo and Elvis Excel Down South

March 13, 2014
Miami, FL - St. Maarten

Jason Carroll’s Melges 32 Argo came a close second in the class’s Mid-winter regatta held in Miami, FL February 28th thru March 2..  This was Argo’s return to competition after winning the World Championship last fall.  Argo had a somewhat tough first day letting the Italian Robertissima team get a good-sized lead.  Day two was all Argo as the team won all three races.  This setup a Sunday showdown with Robertissima leading by just one point.  It all came down to the final leg of the final race.  Argo rounded the top mark with enough boats between her and the Italians to win the regatta.  Unfortunately, the wind evaporated on the final run turning the race inside out and giving Robertissima the win.   Argo will return to Miami the first weekend in April to compete in the class’s Miami Spring Challenge.
Days after Miami wrapped up the team travelled to St. Maarten to take on the Heineken regatta aboard Carroll’s Gunboat 63 catamaran Elvis. Elvis competed in a class of Gunboats, high performance cruising catamarans that gather every year at the Heineken regatta.  The racing was intense with Friday’s 36-mile around St. Maarten race contested in 20+ knot winds and large trade-wind driven waves.  There were lots of thrills in Friday’s race including the boat hitting 27.7 knots flying the code zero.  Saturday and Sunday were more benign conditions-wise but no less spectacular from a competition and scenery standpoint.  Elvis fared well in the event winning the Gunboat class with all firsts as well as winning the multihull division overall.  Elvis will return to competition mid-April at the Les Voiles de St. Barth regatta.

2014 Etchells Midwinter Championship

March 4, 2014
Miami, FL

Congratulation to LYC Member Senet Bischoff and his team of Benjamin Kinney and LYC Member Clay Bischoff, for winning the 2014 Jaguar Midwinter Championship in Miami, FL, sailing their boat KGB.
To read the full regatta recap please click here

Key West Race Week

February 25, 2014
Key West, FL

LYC Crew Members Andrew Weiss, Linda Weiss & Butch Ulmer sailed the Weiss's Sydney 43 Christopher Dragon to a very impressive 4th Place overall in the IRC 3 Class at the 2014 Quantum Key West Race Week. This was a  very competitive class which had 5 different boats winning at least one race. The class was won by ex-LYC Dinghy Sailor Phil Lotz, now Rear Commodore of NYYC. For complete scores and full report for the event you can visit

Also, LYC's Chad Corning sailed aboard John Brim's new J70 Rimmette competing in the 60 boat J70 Class along Nicholas Langone, LYC aficionado and regular KWRW Race Committee Member.