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Sailing News 2018

LYC's Carmen and Emma Cowles Win the 2018 US Sailing Yachtswomen of the Year Awards
February 21, 2019

Two of Larchmont Yacht Club's sailors, Carmen and Emma Cowles, have won the 2018 US Sailing Yachtswomen of the Year award. This is an extraordinary achievement for Carmen and Emma, 18-year-old seniors at Mamaroneck High School, who are the second youngest women ever to win this award.
The Cowles sisters will be honored on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at an awards ceremony hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, where they will be celebrated by family and friends, past winners, sailing dignitaries, and representatives from US Sailing and Rolex. They will also be presented with specially-engraved Rolex timepieces and designed picture frames commemorating their outstanding 2018 accomplishments.
We will make arrangements for our own appropriate celebration at Larchmont Yacht Club in the near future.

Read full story here

Photo by James Tomlinson

Opti Valentine's Day Regatta
February 8-10, 2019

St Petersburg Yacht Club played host to the USODA two-day Valentine’s Day Regatta February 8-10. This year was one of the most competitive in the history of the event with 157 sailors competing in the Gold Fleet and 72 sailors in the Silver Fleet. Larchmont junior sailor Owen Bischoff finished 37th overall (16th for blue fleet) and Harrison Gandy finished 69th overall (15th for white fleet). Sailors had mixed conditions with 4 to 18 knots and many changing currents to contend with. They were able to get in 5 races. It was a beautiful weekend with lots of sunshine, and despite the changing conditions the kids had a great time!

Opti Sailors Compete in Argentina
February 4-9, 2019

Three LYC Opti sailors were given a unique opportunity to train and compete with their LISOT coach, Pepe Bettini, in his home country of Argentina. Brothers Leighton and Liam Farrel and Margaux Cowles traveled to Mar de Plata, Argentina for a twelve-day adventure of top-notch training culminating with their participation in the 54th Semana Internacional de Yachting, February 4-9. Two hundred thirty-three Opti sailors descended on Mar de Plata from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Antigua, Denmark, Canada and the United States. They completed 15 races during the week long event. Margaux and Leighton finished 66th and 69th respectively in the gold fleet and Liam finished 47th in the silver fleet. They recounted one incredible training day where wind was blowing 30 knots with swells of 30 feet. The majority of race days saw winds of 10-17 knots with calmer seas. An incredible experience! 

Former LYC Member Elected Into
Tufts' Athletic Hall of Fame
February 2019

Former LYC star sailor and multiple World Champion, Jamie McCreary, along with the entire 1976 Tufts Dingy Team, was inducted into the Tufts' Athletic Hall of Fame.  
Click here to view the mention of Tufts' 1976 Dingy Sailing Team in this month's issue of Tufts Now Magazine. You will notice Jamie is wearing an LYC tee shirt!

Buttons Padin to Receive US Sailing's Highest Award for Adaptive Sailing
January 30, 2019

Later this week, our own Buttons Padin, along with Siobhan Reilly and Bill Sandberg of AYC, will receive the Gay Lynn Award, US Sailing’s highest award for Adaptive Sailing. The award recognizes ten years of the Robie Pierce Regatta hosted and run by Larchmont YC and American YC. Buttons will receive the award at US Sailing’s National Sailing Programs Symposium in Jacksonville.
Buttons, Bill and Siobhan put together the Robie Pierce after the adaptive championship in 2008. Betsy Allison of US Sailing notes, “The premise was to create and to grow the biggest event in a single one design class in the USA.  Buttons, along with Siobhan Reilly and Bill Sandberg, took the ball and ran with it. Larchmont and American YCs have collaborated and shared assets over the years … as they alternate hosting this event from year to year. It obviously has been a great success with the sailors as it rolls into its 11th year!”  She also says, “Over the years, “The Robie” has become one of the country’s foremost events for sailors with a broad array of disabilities including physical, neurological and visual impairments.”
Bill Sandberg credits Buttons for initially championing the concept through at Larchmont, and spearheading the effort here since then. He also notes that Buttons was key in creating the “adaptations”, the customizable seats temporarily affixed in the Ideal 18s to allow all the sailors to compete. 
One addition to the Robie in which Buttons takes special interest is the Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational (named by the competitors the "Chicks with Sticks Regatta"). Run the day before the full Robie, it is the world’s only, all-women’s adaptive regatta. While many of the women sail in the full regatta, the women-only event allows many novices to try adaptive sailing.
I am sure Buttons would note that the triumphs of the Robie Pierce Regatta are only achieved by the great effort of the many LYC members who pitch in to set up and run the regatta. For those of us who have been lucky enough to contribute to the Robie, we feel inspired watching the grit and determination of the contestants both to race and to win.  We all are glad to be a part of the continued success of the Robie. We are delighted that Buttons is carrying away the Lynn Trophy this week.
US Sailing describes, “The Gay S. Lynn Memorial Trophy is awarded to a person, volunteer or professional, or to an organization, that is selected by the Para Sailing Committee, as having made an outstanding contribution to disabled sailors and the sport of adaptive sailing over a sustained period of time.”

Opti Team Race Midwinter Championship
January 18-21, 2019

The Opti Team Race Midwinter Championship Regatta occurs every year on Martin Luther King weekend. This year the regatta was hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Twenty-three teams competed at the 3-day event to fight for the spot to represent the United States in Venice, Italy, at the Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Team Race Regatta. Margaux Cowles reports, ‘the first day there was medium wind, approximately fifteen to eighteen knots. The second day, it was windier, about twenty-three to twenty-five knots. Outside the harbor, some gusts hit mid-thirties. It was difficult to team race in those conditions so those two days we were mainly just sailing in survival mode. On the last day, there were better conditions, around eight to ten knots.’ Margaux’s team finished 3rd in gold fleet, Owen Bischoff’s team finished 8th in silver and Harrison Gandy’s team finished 11th in silver.

Harvard University to Induct Two LYC Sailors Into the Harvard University Hall of Fame
January 16, 2019

Clay Bischoff ('03) and Cardwell Potts ('04) will be two of the 11 former Harvard varsity athletes comprising the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Both had standout varsity careers while at Harvard and both won the ICSA Everett Morris Memorial Trophy as the College Sailor of the Year. Multiple-time All-Americans with a long list of collegiate sailing championships on their resumes, Clay and Cardwell continue their exceptional sailing careers sailing out of LYC.

The induction ceremony will be on October 5 at the Harvard Club of Boston. For more information on our two inductees and the other athletes being honored, click here

Margaux Cowles Competes at the International Orange Bowl 
December 27-30, 2018

Once again, the International Orange Bowl hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, FL, attracted great competition from all over the world. With 210 competitors in the Opti class from twenty-two countries, the event was a huge success. LYC’s Margaux Cowles was a force on the water with 10 top 20 finishes in the 12-race regatta earning her a spot in the coveted championship gold fleet.

Margaux reports, ‘The regatta began with consistent wind at about eighteen knots carrying gusts up to twenty-three knots. However, as the regatta progressed the wind became lighter and lighter, yet we were able to easily finish the Race Committee's goal of twelve races. One crazy thing I remember was that even though we only had to sail two races the last day, the first warning was still set to 9:30 AM. Crazy early. And sure enough, the gold fleet had finished race 12 by 11:45 AM. Crazy, right? Overall, I thought it was a great regatta especially because we had all different kinds of conditions and I was able to compete against many great sailors from different countries such as Sweden, Belgium, and Greece.’

Margaux finished 14th overall and was the 3rd place girl. Congratulations Margaux!

2018 Optimist Midwinter Championship
November 22-24, 2018

Southern Yacht Club hosted the 2018 Optimist Midwinter Championship November 22-24 in New Orleans, Louisiana. LYC juniors Margaux Cowles, Owen Bischoff and Harrison Gandy competed in the 3-day event. The race committee got five races in over the first two days, but due to light winds on the final day they were only able to get one additional race in for Gold Fleet. Cowles finished 30th in the Gold Fleet (8th girl) qualifying to represent the US on an international team this spring. Bischoff was 36th in the Silver Fleet, and Gandy placed 9th in the White Fleet. Great results when competing against our nation’s best Opti sailors! Senet Bischoff reports great food and fun was had in The Big Easy, and all loved the Beignets delivered hot on Friday morning!

Photos by Maureen Koeppel 

J/109 North American Championship Hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club
October 10-14, 2018

Larchmont Yacht Club hosted the 2018 J/109 North American Championship from October 10-14. The regatta provided a challenge for all twenty boats with winds varying from none to gale conditions. David Rosow skippering Lokisailed an impressive regatta with a score of 40 points over 10 races. Even after electing to skip the last race, the crew ended up 22 points ahead of the second place boat. 

Full story here

2018 Optimist New England Championship
October 5-8, 2018

Ten LYC Opti sailors spent their Columbus Day weekend in Newport, RI where Sail Newport hosted the 2018 Optimist New England Championship, October 5-8. Adding an international flare to the event were competitors from Bermuda, Canada, Germany, the Virgin Islands and Spain. The two hundred twenty-one competitors saw challenging wind conditions but the regatta organizers worked hard to put on a terrific three day event. The Race Committee was only able to get one race off in light air on day one after a 3 hour postponement due to lack of wind. On day two, after many hours on the water and numerous attempts to get a race off, the Race Committee called it a day – unable to get in any races due to lack of wind. Day three saw an earlier start than initially planned as the Race Committee attempted to make up for lost time. Luckily, they were able to get in four races in a moderate steady breeze under cloudy skies. Wyatt Bischoff was the top LYC finisher in 35th, followed by Margaux Cowles, Leighton Farrel, Liam Farrel, Sadie Yoder, Callie Hammond, Owen Bischoff, Gabriella Collins, Michelle Kaneti, and Jonathan Wittick.

College of Charleston's Perfect Score Takes Overall "Hoffmann" Trophy at STF/LYC 2018 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta
October 8, 2018

The 2018 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR), hosted jointly by LYC and the Storm Trysail Foundation, enjoyed reasonably good sailing conditions this weekend. Forty-seven teams sailed the regatta on offshore/big boats that are generously loaned to the event for the two day series. Conditions were gray and misty but with winds that, albeit shifty, were generally 6 – 10 knots. Five races were held with three on Saturday and two on Sunday.

Deputy Race Officer Ray Redniss described the conditions. “The wind was solid enough that the racing was close in almost every race, but it wasn’t blowing so hard that the less experienced teams had too much difficulty. Most of the starts were very competitive, especially considering that we have many teams that are primarily dinghy squads which have to learn the physics of big offshore boats, which are very different to say the least.”

College of Charleston (South Carolina) took home the Paul Hoffmann Trophy as the Overall Winner, and was presented the trophy by Paul “Binky” Hoffmann, Jr., son of the longtime LYC and STC member for which the trophy is named. They also won the Corinthian’s Foster Tallman Trophy as the winner of Class 5. Charleston’s team was mostly new to the event and sailing Young American (owned by the Young American Sailing Academy/YASA) in the J/105 class – the biggest class in the fleet. William Hundall (Senior, Computer Information Systems), a co-captain, explained their approach to victory. “Coming here to Long Island Sound, you have to look for the pressure. Our team takes detailed notes every year and we pass that down to the next year’s group. Sometimes though, during hurricane season, just getting here from Charleston can be an adventure by itself! It’s a real team sport, and very much a mental game, staying focused when things are going awry.” Frances Schulte (Senior, Communications) the other co-captain, gave her take on the experience. “We’ve learned that you have to work through disagreements, that’s huge.” William went on to compliment the race management. “This is a spectacular event, very well run and it’s a great group of schools to sail against.” All but one of the Charleston team have sailed together as part of YASA on Gambler in the Newport-Bermuda Race, the Ida Lewis Distance Race, and the Vineyard Race, but only one - Key Becker (son of YASA co-founder Peter Becker) had ever sailed on a J/105 before. Peter accepted the Ed du Moulin Trophy, which goes to the owner of the boat that wins the Hoffmann trophy. The trophy was presented by Ed’s son, STC member Rich du Moulin.

The J/44 class is traditionally sailed by Academy teams. This year the winner of the class, the United States Naval Academy, was awarded the James D. Bishop Trophy, named after the longtime STC member and supporter of the J/44 class who passed away earlier this year. In addition, they scored the Larchmont YC’s Thomas Carroll Trophy as the winner of Class 1. Navy raced Maxine, owned by STC member Bill Ketcham. Team Captain George Davis – a Junior majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and who plans on being in the reactor room on an aircraft carrier after graduation – talked about how the experience of offshore sailing applies to being in the Navy. “Our squad came in with a lot of high-powered experience from racing our TP 52 Hooligan, and from racing our Ker 50 Wahoo (ex-Snow Lion, donated to the Academy by STC member Lawrence Huntington). The Academy teaches “Small Unit Leadership” and races like these and the offshore races like Newport-Bermuda give us real world training that is like life in the Navy; the leadership lessons are not just sailing specific.”

The team from Michigan Tech gave the owner of the Swan 42 Quintessence - STC member Roger Widmann – a 79th Birthday present with a win in PHRF Class 1 and the Corinthian’s George Crocker Trophy. Co-Captain Nick Irwin (Senior, Mechanical Engineering) has been to the IOR three times before. “This is the first time we’ve won but we got third twice before this. The crew was outstanding, great teamwork. Several of our crew were dinghy sailors and the big surprise for them is how powerful these boats are and how fast they can go. The dinghy sailors usually try to pull lines by hand, but realize pretty quickly you just can’t do that.” Gabrielle Gentz (Sophomore, a Business major, and the tactician for the team) concurs. “There are so many working parts, a million lines and things to handle. For dinghy sailors, it’s a baptism by fire. I’ve been racing my own Ensign in a one-design fleet in Harbor Springs for four years. It’s a small boat, but it’s like a small big-boat and that helped me a lot.”

Frank Loughran of Fordham University – a Senior and History major– made history himself by leading Fordham to victory in their first-ever IOR, taking first in PHRF Class 2 and the Corinthian’s Edward Moore Trophy on the J/124 Tenebrae. “I sail on Tenebrae fairly often, which is advantageous. I’m the bowman, but the rest of the team were all new to the boat with absolutely no real offshore experience. I know the boat and three other sailors have decent big boat experience, but the rest were all dinghy sailors. It’s a big adjustment, a steep learning curve. The guy running pit probably had the hardest job. We had to chat a lot to coordinate.” The pit man – Scott McKenzie – is primarily a dinghy skipper. “This was my first time actually seriously racing on a big boat. It was a little hectic at first and the expectations were high, but after some practice everyone got the hang of their role. Teamwork is very definitely different from dinghies because you all have separate roles. Knowing your job and where you fit in with the others is critical.”

The Tufts Jumbos won the tough J/109 Class 3 and the Corinthian’s James Jacobson Trophy on Freedom. Captain Bo Eaves (Freshman, Mechanical Engineering) is the son of the boat’s owner, Corey Eaves. This was his first time competing, but in an unusual set of circumstances, Bo had been to the IOR once before as the Owner’s Rep. This year he was both a competitor AND the Owner’s Rep. “Yeah, that was kind of an interesting thing, being both. We had to focus on connecting the dots upwind, sailing from pressure to pressure. Not tacking on every little shift but staying in the breeze was really important. We also had to do a lot of teaching [to less experienced crew members] while we were racing, which is hard.” Matt Galbraith (Sophomore, Quantitative Economics major and no relation to the famous economist John Kenneth Galbraith) talked about their winning approach. “Consistency of good starts, conservative starts with clean lanes. We had mostly middle-pin starts, and we were usually bow out at the gun.” Tufts had two teams at the IOR, and it was the younger team that won. Bo admitted “Yeah, there is an intra-team rivalry. We won’t let them forget we won! Can’t wait for next year.”

Villanova, racing on STC member Iris Vogel’s J/88 Deviation, took the top spot in PHRF 2. “We are a fairly inexperienced team, “ explains team captain Harrison Paige (Senior, Mechanical Engineering). “We held a lot of chalk talks, practiced hard and really developed ourselves as a club team – we have one club team for both dinghies and big-boat sailing. Big boat sailing is kind of daunting at first, but once you get past the initial scariness factor you realize it’s just a big dinghy and all the things you learn about dinghies – weight placement, sail trim, etc. – still apply. And once you put the focus and energy into it, the performance comes out.”

Butch Ulmer, the IOR event Chair and Principal Race Officer, was enthusiastic about this year’s regatta. “This event is a lot of work, especially because we have to find owners who are willing to loan their boats to the college teams. That’s always a big challenge, and I’d like to thank each of the owners for their generosity and their time. I hope that next year we can expand the event even more; the limiting factor is not the number of colleges that are interested, it’s not having additional boats. So if you own a boat, or know someone who might be interested, please let us know if you’d like the support the event next year. I also have to thank the innumerable volunteers, both on and off the race course who help make this the world-class event that it is. ”

Katie Lawless Named SAISA Sailor of the Week 
October 3, 2018

This week, South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association recognized women’s sailor Katie Lawless of Vanderbilt University. Lawless, a product of the LYC junior sailing program, skippered the aptly-named Commodores to a second-place finish in the very competitive J/105 class at the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Foundation. With local knowledge and experience in both keelboat and dinghy racing, the Vanderbilt team captain kept her squad in the mix and delivered improving finishes throughout the event as well as a five-point lead over third-placed Webb Institute. Together with teammates Blake Andreou, William Franke, Chris Keller, Maddi Nystrom, and Harrison Vandervort, Lawless continues to strengthen Vanderbilt’s presence in collegiate offshore racing.

Cardwell Potts and Ted Ferrarone Win Ideal 18 North American Championship
October 3, 2018

LYC hosted the 37-boat Ideal 18 North American Championship this past weekend with one of the 12 LYC teams standing at the top of the podium when the dust cleared. Cardwell Potts was at the helm with Ted Ferrarone calling tactics as these two LYC sailors raced neck-and-neck with Rochester's Skip Shumway throughout the four race regatta (extremely light winds both days). Potts and Ferrarone were in second place after Saturday's first two races with Shumway in third. They lost ground to Skip in the third race and had to put two boats between them for the win. In Sunday's finale, Cardwell and Ted placed second and Skip fourth putting them into a tie at 11 points each; the tie breaker favored the hometown team and Potts and Ferrarone claimed the championship. Now they can compete in next year's Championship of Champions at Stamford Yacht Club.

This regatta was challenging logistically with Sailing Director Hobie Ponting having to corral 30 borrowed boats, with member volunteers stepping-up to help move the boats back and forth as well as race. PRO Cynthia Parthemos wrenched out of the weekend all the sailing possible, Event Chair Angela Nesbitt managed the logistics, and the Club staff put on a great event for the visiting and Club sailors.

Results here.  

Andrew Mollerus 2018 49er North American Champ
September 26, 2018

This past weekend, LYC's Andrew Mollerus, who grew up in the Club's junior program, won the 2018 49er North American Championship in Richmond, CA. He is currently campaigning for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo with crew Ian MacDiarmid, a talented skiff sailor from Delray Beach, FL. Ian and Andrew have spent the month of September training in the strong winds on San Francisco Bay. The 49er is an extremely high-performance, light weight and winged boat that takes as much agility and strength to win in as it does sailing knowledge and experience.
In October, Andrew and Ian will return to New York to compete in the second and third stages of the Triple Crown, a cash prize series hosted by the Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay, NY. Ian and Andrew took 2nd at the first stage in late August. 

Results here.  

2018 Optimistic Atlantic Coast Championship
September 21-23, 2018

The 2018 Optimist Atlantic Coast Championship was hosted by Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club in Beach Haven, New Jersey, September 21-23, bringing together 170 competitors from up and down the East Coast, Canada and Spain. They couldn’t have asked for a better day to kick off the event. Saturday saw a northerly breeze 11-16 knots with mostly sunny skies. The Race Committee was ready to go right on time and took advantage of the beautiful day swiftly completing 4 races for each flight with only one race marred by shifting winds.  Sunday on the other hand was rainy and cool with little to no wind. After twice abandoning races, the sailors were able to complete only two races.  A huge contingent of friendly volunteers made the event run very smoothly.  Margaux Cowles was 6th overall (3rd girl), Leighton Farrel was 16th, Liam Farrel 23rd, and Owen Bischoff 83rd.

LYC Turns in Solid Performance at NYYC Resolute Cup
September 19, 2018

LYC’s team of Clay Bischoff, Ted Ferrarone, Cardwell Potts, and Wes Freidman competed last week in the New York Yacht Club’s Resolute Cup, now viewed as the national yacht club keel boat championship regatta. Considered one of the stronger teams going into the event, LYC finished a very respectable fifth out of 28 teams from across the country. With Clay at the helm, Ted trimming main, Wes in the pit, and Cardwell on the bow, LYC had three third-place finishes in their 9-race opening series qualifying for the medal races where points were doubled. In those final three races, LYC placed 6-7-1 to finish the regatta with a “horizon job” win over the 13 other remaining competitors.

In the end, however, it was San Diego Yacht Club winning the event with LYC’s Sailing Director Nick Martin in the crew. Congratulations to Nick and SDYC.

It should also be mentioned that LYC member Patty O’Donnell was the Event Chairman for this major regatta...and having executed an event of this magnitude is as much of a “win” for Patty as taking home the Resolute Cup was for Nick and his SDYC partners.

Results here.   

Photo, L to R:  Clay Bischoff, Ted Ferrarone, Wes Friedman, Cardwell Potts

Corinthian YC 2v2 Regatta
September 15-16, 2018

Seven LYC sailors competed in the Hood 2v2 Team Race on September 15-16,  at Corinthian YC in Marblehead, MA. Racing took place in sonars with no spinnakers. The 2v2 format made for exciting racing, always leaving the other team with an opportunity to get back in the race. Eight teams competed in the event, with racing starting off with a full round robin on Saturday in very light breeze. The Larchmont team had a solid day, winning 5 out of 7 races, but lost two races after starting in a weak position relative to the other teams. Following a wind delay on Sunday morning, a top 4 and a bottom 4 round robin was completed instead of a knockout round as was initially planned due to the lack of breeze. The team went undefeated in the top 4 round robin, beating the Corinthian YC team that won the event, and finished second overall. 

NY State Opti Championship
September 12, 2018

While Hurricane Florence was lashing the Carolinas with high winds, the Opti sailors on Long Island Sound were struggling to find a breeze for the NY State Opti Championship on Saturday, September 15. The event, hosted by the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, was plagued by a lack of wind. The sailors were only able to complete one race, in very light air, much to their disappointment. However, they all enjoyed the camaraderie of the day! Five LYC Opti sailors competed in the 64-boat fleet. Margaux Cowles finished 4th overall (2nd red fleet),  Liam Farrel was 9th overall (6th red fleet), Leighton Farrel 17th overall (11th red fleet), Jonathan Wittick 48th overall (17th blue fleet), and Michelle Kaneti 49th overall (18th blue fleet).

NYYC Resolute Cup Starts Today – LYC Team Among the Favorites
September 12, 2018

Larchmont Yacht Club will be represented in the 6th New York Yacht Club Resolute Cup with racing starting today and continuing through Saturday. Twenty-eight yacht clubs from San Juan to Seattle, from Newport Harbor to Downeast Maine have converged on Newport, R.I., for a regatta that has become the de facto United States yacht club keelboat championship. LYC’s team is skippered by Clay Bischoff with Cardwell Potts, Ted Ferrarone, and Wes Friedman as crew. It should also be noted that LYC Sailing Director Nick Martin will be sailing for his home club, the San Diego Yacht Club. 

The Resolute Cup, now a major competition in its own right, is also the qualifier for the NYYC Invitational Cup that LYC came within a few points of winning in 2013.

Scuttlebutt Newsletter ran an article on the Resolute Cup siting the quality and caliber of the teams involved. Editor Craig Leweck wrote, “ the search for a true favorite, it’s hard to look past Larchmont Yacht Club. The storied Western Long Island Sound yacht club won this regatta in 2012. Two members of that team, Clay Bischoff and Cardwell Potts, will lead the 2018 entry. Bischoff, who will skipper at the Resolute Cup, and Potts each won the Morris Trophy (college sailor of the year), in 2003 and 2004, respectively, while sailing for Harvard University. To tune up for this regatta, Bischoff, who is also a member of the New York Yacht Club, won the NYYC Members Fleet Racing Championship and finished second in the Morgan Cup. Both of those regattas were sailed in the same Sonars that will be used for the Resolute Cup and on the same body of water.”  Full story here

Follow the results here

Resolute Cup video here

Follow the racing via real time trackers here.

LYC Boats Place First and Second Win in Stamford Denmark Race
September 2018

The Stamford Yacht Club’s Valeur-Jensen Stamford Denmark Race was sailed Sunday, September 9, in an easterly that blew from 12-15 knots. This wild, sometimes bumpy race had 63 entries divided into both spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes. LYC’s Christopher Dragon (see notes below) finished first in Class 10 and first overall in the spinnaker division while Peter McWhinnie’s Leon won Class 9 and finished second overall. It was a solid showing for these two high-performance LYC boats. Sailing with Weiss from LYC were Butch Ulmer and Buttons Padin. Aboard Leon with McWhinnie were Marion Maneker and Drew and Carter Holland.
New Christopher Dragon - Andrew and Linda Weiss’ new (the 11th) Christopher Dragon is hanging on a mooring at the edge of Larchmont Harbor. This new, all black speedster is a Ker 40+ Fast 40. These “take no prisoners” speedsters are made of carbon fiber, weigh relatively nothing compared to other 40-footers, and literally fly across the water.

The boat’s first race was the Vineyard Race two weeks ago, a windy, bumpy ride that turned into a drifter. Dragon managed to finish second in their division as the crew became familiar with the boat. (BTW, this boat has only 4.5’ headroom forward and that number drops dramatically as you move aft!)

But Weiss and crew got it together last Sunday for the Stamford Denmark Race sailed in winds ranging from the high teens to the low 20s. Dragon took first in her class and first overall in the spinnaker division.

Upwind the speeds were in the 8-knot range and downwind the boat never dipped below 13 knots. On the way home from the Stamford Denmark Race, with Ulmer at the helm and during a 25-knot puff, the boat accelerated from 13 to 22 knots in a nanosecond to the unanimous cheers and glee of the crew. When asked about the day, Weiss replied, “It was a lot of fun but I’m still learning how to sail this complex boat!”

Results here.

Three LYC Boats Sailed in Shields Nationals in Martha's Vineyard
September 2018

The Shields Class started at LYC and has been a major element of the Club’s life for over 50 years with LYC teams traveling across the country every year for the Shields Nationals. This year, three LYC skippers and their crews traveled to Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, to compete for the Class’ top prize.

Mike O’Connor was in the hunt among the 17-boat fleet with three top-four finishes (including winning race 2) until their main halyard broke in the second to last race causing him to retire and miss the final heat. Mike and his crew dropped to 8th in the final results. Mike commented, "The National Championship was a fantastic time with a multitude of conditions which made shifting gears a necessity.  Day 1 brought 18-20+ knots in the puffs straight offshore which made for flat water and fantastic racing.  Days 2 and 3 saw 15-20 knots out of the Northeast, so straight down from the ocean and 4-6 foot seas much more challenging in terms of keeping the boat moving consistently through the chop.  We stood in second place after Day 1 and 4th after Day 2, but unfortunately we snapped the main halyard in our pre-race tuning on Day 3 so we were unable to compete Sunday and dropped down the standings."

Also sailing in the Championship from LYC were Skip Maguire and Nate Burbank.

Results here

Three LYC Boats Win Division in 2018 Vineyard Race
August 31-September 2, 2018

The 2018 edition of Stamford Yacht Club’s 238-mile Vineyard Race gave most of the sailors two entirely different races in one. The race started Friday afternoon in a stiff easterly with major waves rolling down the Sound making for a long, long beat to Vineyard Tower. Unfortunately for most of the boats, the wind eventually died leaving many bobbing around in the Sound like corks causing some boats to retire. LYC had six boats in the race, four on the podium for their class. 

It wasn’t a slow race for all. Jason Carroll’s new Argo, a MOD 70 trimaran crushed the course record and won her class completing the race in just under 15 hours. Jason, with crew member Chad Corning, were comfortably home while the rest of the fleet fought its way east.

Chad noted, “This was a great first race for us in the MOD 70. We were treating it primarily as a training exercise and it was a good one with lots of tacks and jibes on what was essentially a big windward leeward. The boat is definitely fast averaging around 19kt for the upwind portion and 27kt for the downwind. A big bonus for us to squeak out a new outright race record. We’re looking forward to the Caribbean season and California next year."

One of the boats still out there was Rich duMoulin’s Express 37 Lora Ann, who eventually won the IRC Doublehanded Division with longtime shipmate Chris Reyling. When asked, Rich’s comments on his race were, “In three words, the race was long and lumpy! We beat into the wind for 24.5 hours in a long and lumpy sail. The fun part of it was that we had a really good battle with the biggest boat in our class and traded the lead with them many times. We finally got ahead of them at the Gut as the wind died. That boat dropped out Sunday afternoon but, as part of the Storm Trysail Club team, and knowing that the other two teammates (Spookie and Vamp) had won their division, we had to slog it out finishing late Sunday afternoon making this my longest (52 hours) Vineyard Race ever!”

Also wining his division was Will Ingraham in his J/124 Tenebrae finishing two hours over two days. Will’s take on the race was: It was a challenging race that included a 22-hour upwind leg, a sublime ghosting through Plum Gut Saturday evening, and a frustrating Sunday trying to find some breeze to take us home. We were fortunate to finish before the current turned Sunday afternoon. Our intrepid crew included LYC members Michael Puleo, Joe Carney and Frank Loughran.

Also in the Vineyard Race from LYC were:
  • Andrew and Linda Weiss’ new Fast 40 Christopher Dragon – Class 15 IRC – second
  • Chris Sheehan’s X-44 Warrior Won – Class 14 IRC – fifth
  • Josh Reisberg’s J/120 Abilyn that retired
Click here for results. 

Manahawkin Ram NJ State Optimist Championship
August 20-21, 2018

Four LYC Opti sailors made a great showing at the Manahawkin Ram New Jersey State Opti Championship on August 20-21 at Surf City Yacht Club.  The two-day event was held on the protected waters inside of Long Beach Island (which is also home to the greatest collection of put-put / mini-golf courses known to mankind!).  After a practice day with 25+ knot winds that had some of our team members looking into surfing (and swimming) lessons, they sailed in 8 races over two days featuring “chamber of commerce” winds from 9-14 knots.  In the one hundred and twenty-three boat gold fleet, Margaux Cowles was the top girl and finished 13th overall (with a bullet!), Owen Bischoff was 52nd and Callie Hammond was 66th. Harrison Gandy, just 8 years old, was 2nd in the 10-boat silver fleet!

LYC's Big Boat Sailors Excelled in Dorade and Beach Point Overnight Races
August 13, 2018

On Monday, August 13, LYC’s Jr. Big Boat Program sent four boats to Stamford Yacht Club’s Regatta for the Dorade Trophy. A total of 29 juniors sailed in the day’s three races with Quintessence, Roger Widmann’s Swan 42 skippered by Eliza Crocker, winning the overall trophy. The crew aboard Quintessence won all three races in the handicap division for the best overall performance.
Also competing in the handicap division were Oh Jee!, Nicholas Delcourt's J/88 skippered by Charlie Roseberry finishing fifth, and Carl Olsson’s Morning Glory skippered by Peter Fontanella finishing tenth. LYC's Carter Boykin-Holland skippered Jeremy Henderson’s and Harald Edgren’s J/105 Conundrum to a fourth-place finish in the J/105 one-design division.

Dorade Results, Here.

The following night, Quintessence, Morning Glory, and Conundrum set out on the Beach Point Overnight Race which starts off Mamaroneck Harbor, goes around Stratford Shoals off Bridgeport, CT, and returns. Brisk winds drove most of this race and it was Quintessence first over the finish line at 0349 only to be beaten by Pequot Yacht Club’s Three Beans for the second straight year...this time by only seven minutes on a corrected basis. Morning Glory finished fourth in Class 1 and Conundrum was second in Class 2 by only six minutes corrected.

Beach Point Overnight Race Results, Here

The LYC juniors who sailed in these regattas demonstrated big boat skills, a willingness to learn, and a tremendous camaraderie. Special thanks go to Com Crocker and Hobie Ponting who drove the program this summer and all the adult members who served as coaches, owner’s reps, and advisors.

As a historical point, in the past 11 Dorade Regattas and 10 BPONs (the 2009 BPON was never scored on account of squalls, though both LYC boats crushed it, finishing the race without assistance), LYC Juniors have won their class 12 times and been the overall winners 7 times, with both totals leading all other clubs:
  Class Winners Overall Winners
Larchmont 12 7
American 9 2
Pequot 8 5
Noroton 6 3
Centerport 3 2
Riverside 2 1
Sea Cliff 1 1
Black Rock 1 0
CPYC 1 0
IHYC 1 0
Norwalk 1 0

LYC Makes Gold Round at NYYC Hinman Master Team Race
August 13-14, 2018

Last Friday–Sunday, a dozen LYC “Master” team racers competed for the prestigious Hinman Masters Trophy at New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court in Newport, RI. Sailing two full round robins on Friday and Saturday, LYC finished in sixth position sending them into the Gold Round for Sunday’s Finals. Unfortunately, in sixth place the Club’s sailors would remain as the event was eventually won by Southern Yacht Club (New Orleans, LA) with Noroton Yacht Club finishing second.

The scores aside, this was a significant weekend of racing for the LYC Masters. With the exception of the club that eventually finished seventh, LYC beat every other team at least once. Given that some of the clubs have team racing programs year around, this was a solid showing for our Club.

On the team were: Mike Funsch (skipper) sailing with Cdre. Andy Kaplan, Kate Manion, and Buttons Padin; David Dowd (skipper) sailing with Erin and Ted Ferrarone and Rear Cdre. Rob Dailey (team captain); and Ned Roseberry (skipper) with Nick DuBois, Paul Andrepont, Kate Millar (S/S), and Dan Ronan (Fri.)


LYC Opti Sailors Dominate JSA Opti Champs
August 13-14, 2018

LYC sent fourteen fierce and fabulous Opti sailors to Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club for the JSA of LIS Opti Champs, August 13-14. One hundred thirty-six sailors from up and down the Sound, who qualified by achieving outstanding results in earlier JSA regattas, attended the two-day event. After a postponement on day 1, the Optis hit the sound to complete 3 races in 8-12 knot winds. Day 2 saw a less consistent breeze but the sailors were able to complete another 3 races.

Leighton Farrel took 2nd in the red fleet and 2nd overall. Leighton was also awarded the sportsmanship award for the regatta. As Farrel neared the finish in Race 5 in second place with a sizable lead, the wind died off. He realized that if he and his friend who was in first place crossed the finish line, many of their friends and competitors would get TLEs (Time Limit Expired) for failing to finish within the allotted amount of time - which would have adversely affected all their scores. He suggested that they wait to finish until the fleet caught up. After luffing their sails for a while the Race Committee inquired what they were doing, and he explained. 

Margaux Cowles was the top female, 3rd red fleeter and 3rd overall, Liam Farrel took 2nd in the blue fleet and 7th overall, Owen Bischoff was 6th in the blue fleet and 16th overall. LYC was the only club on the sound to have 3 finishers in the top 10!  Well done!  A big thank you to their amazing Opti Race Coaches Shawn Harvey and Peter Schneider!
For full results, click here

LYC Juniors Have a Great Showing at JSA 420 & Laser Champs
August 7-8, 2018

The 2018 JSA 420 & Laser Champs was hosted by American Yacht Club August 7-8. The event brought together some of the best junior sailors on the Sound, all of whom qualified to attend by achieving outstanding results at an earlier JSA regatta.

Despite the heat, the first day of racing saw winds ranging from 8-12 knots and the 420s were able to complete 8 races. Unfortunately, the 420s were unable to race the second day of the regatta due to weather. LYC’s Wyatt Bischoff and Connor Robinson finished first in the 35-boat fleet with 5 bullets! Charlie Roseberry and Natalie Manley finished 8th, Bridget Campbell and Hope Gallagher were 24th.

The Laser Radial fleet was won by Leyton Bocherding from American Yacht Club. LYC’s Eliza Crocker was 11th, Jack Kneisley 16th, Katrina Ronan 27th and Callie Roseberry 36th in the 46-boat fleet which completed 7 races in the 2 day event.

In the 20 boat Laser Standard fleet, Benjamin Craine from Cedar Point took first, LYC’s Carter Boykin-Holland was 2nd, Guy Santee was 5th and Javier Amezcua was 15th.

LYC Opti Sailor Represents the US at the British Nationals in Wales
August 4-10, 2018

LYC Junior sailor Leighton Farrel traveled to Pwllheli, Wales August 4-10 to compete in the 2018 Volvo and Gill Optimist British National and Open Championships hosted by Clwb Hwylio, Plas Heli. Leighton was one of 15 sailors chosen to represent the United States based on his strong results in April at the US Team Trials in Key Biscayne, FL. Over 370 sailors from 14 different countries descended on Pwllheli for this large international regatta. The fantastic week of racing was marked by some long days on the water to ensure the championship fleet was set after the first three days of racing. It was tough racing in the 154-boat senior main fleet with a strong international contingent of sailors from England, Ireland, Bermuda, Spain, Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands, Australia, Holland, France, Belgium, South Africa, St Lucia, the Virgin Islands and the USA.  The fleet, which included many of the sailors preparing for Opti Worlds, sailed a total of eleven races over six days. Leighton finished the event in the gold fleet 33rd overall and was third on team USA.

LYC C420 Teams Hit the Road this Summer
August 2018

LYC sent two ace 420 teams to the 2018 Hyannis Yacht Club Regatta hosted by Hyannis Yacht Club, July 27-29. They completed 7 races in the 3-day event which saw 108 boats compete in thick fog and shifty winds of 5-18 knots. Wyatt Bischoff and Connor Robinson finished 31st while Charlie Roseberry and Natalie Manley were 34th.

The two teams also competed in the 2018 Buzzards Bay 420 Championship, which was also the Club 420 North American Championship, after taking some time for fun surf lessons in between the regattas. The event was run out of Fort Taber, August 2-5, and attracted 173 top-notch teams from across the country. They completed 9 races in the 4 days. The first two days were beautiful with winds gusting over 20, which led to many boats capsizing or retiring early due to breakage. The 3rd day was stormy with no races, which gave the sailors a much-needed day of rest. On the final day, the winds were variable but not as gusty as the first two. Charlie Roseberry and Natalie Manley finished 54th in the competitive gold fleet while Wyatt Bischoff and Connor Robinson were 65th.  

LYC Junior Sailors at Belle Haven Opti Regatta
August 6, 2018

Twenty-three enthusiastic Opti racers, four top-notch coaches, and two packed Opti trailers headed to Belle Haven Club on Monday, August 6, as LYC juniors showed their might. The ninety-five competitors  had a fun day out on the sound completing three races in light winds. Liam Farrel won the blue fleet, Callie Hammond was 4th.

For full results, click here.  

2018 Feva North Americans
August 2, 2018

Indian Harbor Yacht Club hosted the 2018 Feva North Americans on August 2-3. There was medium to light breeze throughout both days and afternoon thunderstorms which pulled the breeze farther south as the days progressed. James Owens and Alejandro Amezcua shot out early in the event collecting consistent top 10 finishes across the 31-boat fleet. Morgan Campbell and Deirdre Tym showcased their great starts and quick speed across the fleet early in the event. The breeze was tricky, oscillating in an odd fashion due to the storms. Both boats showed great progression over the event and the 9 races that ensued. This was a great training regatta as both teams eye the podium at the Long Island sound Feva Champs coming up next week.   

For full results, click here.  

LYC's Opti Sailors Shine at American YC
July 29, 2018

Twenty-two of LYC’s Opti sailors headed to American Yacht Club on Saturday, July 29, for the AYC Opti Regatta. After the launch was postponed due to lack of winds, the fleet of eighty-four boats was ultimately able to complete two races in very light winds. The lack of breeze did not dampen spirits as the sailors were happy to enjoy a day out on the sound. The event was won by Robert Ulmer from Riverside Yacht Club. LYC’s Leighton Farrel finished 4th in the Red fleet, Liam Farrel was 1st in the Blue Fleet, Nick Heggerud finished 5th in the Blue Fleet, and Elena Collins came in 5th in the White Fleet.

For full results, click here.  

LYC's Feva Sailors Dominate at Manhasset Bay YC
July 26-27, 2018

LYC sent ten awesome Feva sailors to the JSA Pixel Championship, Bic, Feva, and Pixel Race Week hosted by Manhasset Bay Yacht Club July 26-July 27. Morning racing on day one was postponed due to lack of winds, but luckily the race committee was able to get in two races in the afternoon. Day two brought much needed cloud cover and a steady breeze to complete another five races. All of LYC’s five boats finished in the top 10 of the 20-boat fleet.

James Owen and Alejandro Amezcua - 1st
Elsa McElroy and Camilla Dailey - 6th
Cousins Caitlin Winston and Erik Fontanella - 8th
Cousins Thomas McFarland and Patrick O'Hara - 9th
Morgan Campbell and Dierdre Tym - 10th

Around Long Island Race
July 26, 2018

The 205-mile Around Long Island Race started Thursday, July 26, in New York Harbor by the Statue of Liberty, continued around Montauk and finished at Sea Cliff YC across the sound from LYC. Four LYC boats participated this year and LYC was awarded the Wesley L. Bailey Trophy for most finishers by a yacht club  Additionally LYC had many young members racing as noted below. 

Commodore Olsson's Morning Glory placed 3rd and Will Ingraham's Tenebrae 6th in PHRF Division 6, Chris Schoen's Phantom placed 2nd and Chris Sheehan's Warrior Won 3rd in PHRF Division 7, and Warrior Won placed 2nd and Phantom 3rd in IRC Division 10.  

LYC members racing were:  
Morning Glory: Commodore Olsson, Com Crocker, Owen Zimmermann, Javier Amezcua (Jr),  JP Cunningham (Jr),  Peter Fontanella (Jr),  Will Kneisley (Jr), James Washington (Jr)
Tenebrae: Will Ingraham, Frank Loughran and Carl Ordemann
Phantom: Chris Schoen, HL Devore, Chris Foley, John Mawe, Doug Millar, and Roland Schultz
Warrior Won: Chris Sheehan, Peter Bauer,  Matt Tym, Eliza Crocker (Jr), Katrina Ronan (Jr),  and Jack Kneisley (Jr)

LYC's 120th Race Week A Huge Success
July 22, 2018

The western end of Long Island Sound has the reputation of being a light-air venue during the summer. However, Larchmont Race Week 2018 disproved that theory with puffs on the second Saturday approaching 30 knots. From Saturday, July 14 through Sunday, July 22, the wind gods smiled on the sailors.

Over 100 senior one-designs and PHRF boats sailed the two weekends over four circles. The racer/cruisers enjoyed a blend of drop mark races, a pursuit race, and a short, Around Execution Rocks Race where combined PHRF and one-designs shared the same starting line.

The one-design circles had a blend of Viper 640s, Etchells, Shields, IODs, and S Boats while a special circle was run for the Ideal 18s the first weekend and Vanguard 15s the second.

During the week, while the seniors were back at work, LYC was still a buzz with sailors. Monday through Wednesday found over 250 Lasers, 420s, Fevas, and Pixels getting in an uncharacteristically full three days of racing. Thursday was Opti Day where over 150 sailors from all over the north east participated, and on Friday, LYC again hosted the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Jr. Safety-at-Sea seminar where 160 juniors sharpened their big boat sailing and safety skills on 20 racer/cruisers.

In the end, it was Peter Beardsley and Jay Rhame (Viper 640 winners) who received the Anne Kathleen Cullen Memorial Trophy for best overall performance during Race Week. The Monte-Sano Trophy for best performance by a LYC racer/cruiser went to Will Ingraham. The Commodore’s Trophy, presented for best performance during Jr. Race Week, went to Leyton Borcherding from American Yacht Club.

Class winners were:
Viper 640: Peter Beardsley/Jay Rhame – Larchmont YC
Etchells: Don Dowd – American YC
Shields: Mike O’Connor – Larchmont YC
IOD: John Evans - Riverside YC
S Boats: William Simmons - American YC
Ideal 18: Michael Millard – Stamford YC
Vanguard 15: Malcolm Lamphere – YCYC
J/105: Paul Beaudin – Harlem Yacht Club
PHRF (Spin.): Ty Anderson – Riverside YC
PHRF (Non-spin): Len Di Iorio – Huguenot YC
It’s been said that “sailing is the stuff that happens before the party.” This was truly the case during the 120th Larchmont Race Week, with parties every night attracting hundreds of participants. On the race course Sunday morning there were more than one sleepy sailor after Saturday night’s Reggae party featuring the all-star Reggae band Anthem. Larchmont Race continues to be an iconic regatta.
Click here for Senior Race Week Results. 

Click here for Junior Race Week Results. 


LYC Opti Racers at Opti Nationals
July 22, 2018

Pensacola Yacht Club hosted the 2018 Opti Nationals July 13-22 with wonderful southern hospitality. The four-day fleet racing portion was marked by intense heat and pods of storms which delayed and interrupted racing. The ace organizers were able to complete seven races in all. Two hundred fifty-six sailors from all over the US and eight countries competed. Four races were sailed on day one, in a moderate but consistent breeze. Day two was ultimately canceled after weather and wind would not cooperate. Day three the sailors launched in the morning in an attempt to get some racing in before approaching storms but were sent back to shore when the situation on the water deteriorated after only 45 minutes. After a six hour postponement and lots of card games – the sailors launched again at 4pm and were able to get two more races in, completing the qualifying round. Only one race was completed on day four, in the championship round. 

In the highly competitive Gold Fleet, Margaux Cowles finished 40th, Liam Farrel was 68th and Leighton Farrel 83rd. In the silver fleet, Owen Bischoff finished 89th and Jonathan Wittick 159th. Margaux Cowles also competed in the single day Girl's Nationals finishing 10th in the event which brought together 66 of the nation’s top females. They sailed 3 races in very shifty winds.

In the team race portion, sailing against 24 teams from around the USA and completing a rotation of over 100 races over 3 days, Margaux Cowles and Wyatt Bischoff's LISOT Gold team finished 8th in the gold fleet while Owen Bischoff's LISOT Grey team finished in 5th in the silver fleet in the final 3 days which capped off the event.

Left to right:
Liam Farrel, Margaux Cowles, Owen Bischoff, Leighton Farrel, Jonathan Wittick

Gus Carlson's Aurora Takes Line Honors at Edgartown YC 'Round the Island Race
July 21, 2018

Gus Carlson's Reichel-Pugh 66Aurora won line honors at last Saturday's annual Edgartown YC 'Round the Island Race, winning the Commodore's Concord Cup for best elapsed time.  Auroracompleted the 56-mile race around Martha's Vineyard in 5 hours and 55 minutes and LYC member Andrew Besheer was among the crew.

Click here for results. 

The Cowles Sisters Repeat Youth World Championship
July 21, 2018

Carmen and Emma Cowles have done it again. After winning the Girls 420 Gold Medal at the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championship in Sanya, China, they have repeated their Gold Medal performance at the 2018 Youth World Championship last week in Corpus Christi, TX. As they did last year, the Cowles Twins dominated their division, but even more so this year. In this year's nine-race Championship, they won seven of the races with a UFD penalty in the first race and a fourth in the finale.

In light of the Gold Medal performances by the Cowles and other US teams, the U.S. team collectively won the Nations Trophy for best overall performance by a national team.

Congratulations Emma and Carmen. The Club remains extremely proud of your accomplishments and everyone looks forward to your future achievements.

Unfortunately, World Sailing has taken down its posting of the Youth Sailing World Championship results.

Larchmont Junior Race Week Opti Day
July 19, 2018

LYC’s Opti Day was a huge success bringing together one hundred and sixty sailors from all over the Long Island Sound. Adding an international flare was some stiff competition from Swedish sailors on an exchange program with Nyack Boat Club who timed their visit to coincide with Larchmont Race Week. The race committee was able to complete two races in light winds. Six of LYC’s top junior sailors finished in the top ten of their respective fleets. The William G. LeBoutillier trophy for the best performance of the day was decided in a tie break between brothers Liam Farrel and Leighton Farrel and Philip Bjorkman of Sweden. The prestigious award was presented to Liam Farrel who won the three-way tie. In a show of sportsmanship Farrel thanked the Race Committee, the volunteers, his competitors, and his brother.

We had an impressive twenty-nine sailors represent LYC on Opti Day!
Red Fleet
1st Philip Bjorkman, Sweden, Nyack Boat Club
LYC’s Leighton Farrel 2nd  in a tie break   
Oscar Emus 3rd Pequot Yacht Club 
Blue Fleet
LYC’s Liam Farrel 1st
Sweden’s Leo Birgersson 2nd
Thomas Whidden 3rd from Riverside Yacht Club
White Fleet
Richard Sykes Riverside Yacht Club 1st
LYC’s Michelle Kaneti 2nd
Emmett Debs Indian Harbor Yacht Club in 3rd

Click here for full Opti Day results.

Strong Showing for Opti Racers at Riverside YC
July 15, 2018

LYC sent twelve Opti sailors to the Riverside Yacht Club regatta on July 15.  There was a nice morning breeze which slowly died off in the afternoon. The red and blue fleets were able to get four races in while the white fleet completed three. In the competitive 34 boat blue fleet Gabriela Collins finished 4thCallie Hammond 5th, Kathryn McGranahan 11th, Lachlan Macintyre 14th, Molly Collins 18th, Sadie Yoder 20th, AnnDaly McManus 29th. In the 28 boat white fleet, Michelle Kaneti 4th, Sean Mailoux 12th, Alice Rikkers 20th, Thomas Spelman 23rd, and Ian McCloskey 24th. Riverside’s white fleeter Richard Sykes won the event with straight bullets.

Michelle Kaneti

Seven LYC Vipers Participated in Viper North Americans, Kingston, ON
July 11, 2018

Seven LYC Viper 640s made the seven hour trip to Kingston, ON, from July 5-8 to compete in the Class' 2018 North American Championship. Sailed on the waters where Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River meet, the sailors were treated to four days of breeze-on sailing during which 16 races were sailed.
For many, it was the first time racing in fresh water...a dramatic change from being soaked with salt season after season. The water was fresh and the competition was hot. In the end, it was Brad Boston from Sarnia, ON, winning his sixth Viper NAs, but there were clearly LYC boats in the mix!
Great Scott!, sailed by Jay Rhame and Peter & Rachel Beardsley were atop the leader board at the end of Day 1. Although they had eight top-five finishes during the regatta, it wasn't enough to stave off Boston and former LYC Summer Member Zeke Horowitz finishing in second. Great Scott! ended in fourth position and was awarded the prize for the top all-Corinthian team in the Championship.
A few spots behind Great Scott! were boats sailed by Ted Ferrarone, Cardwell & Jennifer Potts, and Kendra Emshier (8th), David Owen's Ghost Panda with his son James and Patrick Slattery aboard (9th), and Peter Bauer's Wild Hogs in 15th with Ryan Zupon as crew. Also in the fleet of 36 Vipers were Bob Matthew's Basilisk with Buttons Padin aboard, Amelie sailed by Peter Fernberger and his wife Bronwyn, and Nic Buc, and Mike Puleo's Sparky.
As always is the case with Viper regattas, there was as much fun on shore as there was on the water.

The Noroton Girls Opti Clinic and Regatta
July 8-9, 2018

LYC sent sixteen awesome female opti sailors to the Noroton Girls Clinic and Opti Regatta hosted by Noroton Yacht Club July 8-9. The sailors were coached by world champion women and collegiate sailors during the clinic which combined on the water sessions with clubhouse chalk talks focused on rigging, boat handling and racing tactics. Our LYC sailors had great results in the 65 boat regatta! In the blue fleet Callie Hammond finished 3rd, Sadie Yoder 5th, Gabriela Collins 6th, Kathryn McGranahan 8th, Molly Collins 9th, Brittany Engel 12th, AnnDaly McManus 18th, Gianna Marks 19th, Lanie Ferrarone 24th. In the white fleet: Michelle Kaneti was 12th, Allice Rikkers 16th, Elena Collins 18th, Sara Komaroff 22nd, Maggie Roseberry 23rd, Katherine O’Connell 26th and Alexandra Leonard 28th.

Lanie Ferrarone took home the sportsmanship award. After she was injured during the clinic day, she returned for the regatta on the 2nd day to help her friends rig and went out on the water with her coaches so that she could discuss the races with them and be part of the team. Way to go Lanie!

Wyatt Bischoff Shines at the 2018 North American Championships
July 3, 2018

LYC Junior Sailor Wyatt Bischoff was one of twenty-four top US Opti sailors who recently traveled to Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, to compete as part of Team USA at the IODA 2018 Optimist North American Championships. Representing the US at North Americans was one of Bischoff's top Opti goals. He was excited to sail against some of the best Opti racers in North America. There were 149 competitors from 14 countries at the event which was hosted by Vallarta Yacht Club. Although temperatures consistently passed the 100-degree mark, the afternoon breeze allowed for good racing conditions. In all, nine races were completed in the fleet racing portion where Bischoff had 3 top 10 finishes. Wyatt turned in a stellar performance, taking home a trophy for top-15 in fleet racing (14th overall) and winning a silver medal in the team racing portion where the United States swept the event taking all three top spots on the podium. Great job Wyatt!

Two Winning LYC Boats in Bermuda Race
June 20, 2018

Jason Carroll’s Gunboat 62 Elvis won the Multihull Division and Andrew Weiss’ Christopher Dragon wins the SDL (all amateur crews) 10 Division. Also in a winning crew was Mike Puleo aboard the J/120 Rocket Science taking top honors in SDL 7. Other LYC boats competing were Chris Sheehan’s Warrior Won, winner of the 2016 Bermuda Race who finished seventh in SDL 8, and Rich duMoulin’s Lora Ann finishing eighth in SDL 5.
The 2018 Newport-to-Bermuda Race was, for all but a very few, a very, very long race. The strong northeaster initially predicted to power the boats on their 635-mile southeasterly course disappeared so the 170 boats started last Friday afternoon.
There were a few of the larger boats, however, that managed to leg out and sail with breeze most of the race. For the others, it was a painful, slow slog across the Gulf Stream.
Fortunately for Elvis, getting away from the shore and staying south of the rhumb line paid off. They finished in 63 hours 25 minutes. By comparison, Christopher Dragon had to fight for its wind working hard to overtake their division leader in the final hours to finish late Tuesday afternoon after 99 hours and 47 minutes at sea. Lora Ann, the smallest of the LYC boats racing, completed the race in 111 hours finishing at 0500 this morning.
Andrew Weiss sent the following comments from Bermuda: After meeting with three weather routers, we made a race strategy before leaving the dock, deciding we would not deviate without overwhelming change. The plan was to push south, break thru Weather Ridge, and not jibe till we saw real northeast wind. We would then head for current eddy. As we made it thru the Ridge, boat after boat jibed away from us. I think we were almost the last boat to jibe. It was hard to wait it out. We ended up ahead of all the big boats in class boat-for-boat even though we were the small boat in our division. The crew did a great job sailing in really tough light conditions. We had zero pros and three LYC members including our Commodore. I sailed with Andy Kaplan 36 years ago in this race with my Father.
Congratulations to everyone who competed in the 2018 Newport-to-Bermuda Race.

Tom Ingram and Jodie Lee Take First Leg of LYC Ideal 18 Series
June 20, 2018

Last Saturday proved to be the most confusing weather day in many sailors’ memories. Sailing just beyond the Larchmont Breakwater, the Ideal 18 fleet was able to complete only a single race due to shifting and often disappearing winds. In the end, Tom and Jodie took the only race completed with Teresa Loughlin and Arthur Washington in second.
The LYC Ideal 18 Summer Series will continue the first weekend of Race Week, July 14-15, and then on August 18.

Results here

Robert Ramirez and Nate Allman Win Vanguard 15 Spring Regatta

Sailed in the same unstable and variable winds encountered by the Ideal 18s, 13 4-person teams competed last Saturday and Sunday in the LYC Spring Vanguard 15 Regatta. Sailing in a collegiate A/B format, over the two days each division was only able to sail four races. Matt Kaplan won the A Division, but his teammate Harrison Hawk only placed sixth in B. Allman’s first and Rameriz’s third in A gave them the win over the Kaplan team. Rounding out the podium positions were LYC’s Harry Koeppel sailing with Wade Waddell.
Results here.

Morning Glory on the Podium for Cedar Point One-Design Regatta
June 2-3, 2018

Over the weekend of June 2-3, Carl Olsson's J/109 Morning Glory and Jeremy Parker/Harald Edegran's J/105 Conundrum competed in the hotly-contested Cedar Point Yacht Club One-Design Regatta. After six races, Olsson finished third in the 17-boat 109 division, a single point out of second. Cory Eaves' J/109 Freedom was also sailing finishing in 13th position. This is was a key warm-up event for the 2018 J/109 North Americans that LYC is hosting in October.  

LYC Members Race in NYYC Annual Regatta
June 8-9, 2018

Over the June 8-9 weekend, a host of LYC sailors were in Newport, RI, for New York Yacht Club's 164th Annual Regatta. The event was curtailed by lack of wind with most of the divisions sailing only two races.

Competing in IRC 3 was Andrew and Linda Weiss' Christopher Dragon with Andy Kaplan, Doug Lynn, and Allie and Buttons Padin aboard. Dragon finished third losing a tie-breaker for second.  On the next circle over was Carl Olsson's Morning Glory, with Suzanne O'Sullivan and Owen Zimmerman aboard, finishing seventy in IRC 5. Aboard Texan Chris Lewis' J/44 Kenai was Ryan Zupon finishing second in IRC 5.

In the 12 Meter division was Sears Wullschleger' s Nefertiti (USA 19). Sears finished third among the Traditional 12s with Joe Fontanella and Brian McCauley aboard. 

Results here.

Ted Ferrarone and Cardwell Potts Win Nyack Viper Open
June 2018

Sailing in the shadow of the new Mario Cuomo Bridge, four LYC Vipers competed in the Nyack Boat Club's Viper Open regatta. With light, variable winds and the Hudson River's ripping current, this course was a challenge for the LIS sailors. However, in the end, they prevailed wining three races and earning seconds in the other two. Results here. 

Ty Ingram Leads MIT to National Championship
June 2018

Leading his MIT team to a strong victory at the 2018 Gill Coed Nationals, LYC's Ty Ingram (Class of '18) skippered MIT's "A" boat in this A/B format regatta with his team leading the 18-college fleet for the final two days of the regatta sailed at Old Dominion University. The top teams in this regatta were consistent and close throughout the event, but MIT separated from the pack early on and held their place at the top of the fleet. Both the A-division and B-division sailors won their fleets and were 57 points overall ahead of second place.
After the event, Ty was named All-American Coed Skipper for the second consecutive year and Summer Sailing Member Katharina (KB) Knapp (Yale '18) was named All-American Crew. As reported previously, Casey Klingler was named All-American Women's Skipper for 2018.

Full Nationals story and results here.  
All-America announcement here.  

Robie Pierce Regatta a Success...Despite the Weather
June 3, 2018

Over 60 sailors with disabilities came to LYC last weekend to participate in the Robie Pierce Regatta co-hosted by American Yacht Club. Teams traveled from three countries and 15 states to compete in the tenth anniversary Robie.

The Club and the scores of volunteers created a welcoming environment for the sailors; unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate fully. Thursday's Women's Invitational was curtailed to three races by winds and drizzle and the 3-day One-Design Regatta was limited to four races completed on Friday before Saturday's total lack of wind and Sunday's breezes hitting 20+ knots. Regardless, the sailors and their companions had a great time, the Saturday dance party was a success and Event Chairman Buttons Padin and PRO Cynthia Parthemos would like to extend their thanks to all their team members who turned out to make this Robie the best ever.

Women's results here. | One-Design results here

Gus Carlson's Aurora Second at NYYC Leukemia Cup
June 2, 2018

Aurora  placed second in IRC at the annual NYYC Leukemia Cup in Newport last Saturday.  The event included over 50 boats ranging in size from 19' VX Ones to Carlson's Reichel Pugh 66. The Leukemia Cup has a personal meaning to Gus who lost his sister to the disease 30 years ago and contributions by sailors to this program over the years has helped fuel many medical breakthroughs. Results here.   

LYC Comes in Second at Riverside Yacht Club Team Race
June 2, 2018

Riverside YC hosted a one day team race in Ideal 18s on Saturday, June 2.  The event was filled with much anticipation as the week leading up to the event had a Saturday forecast calling for near-certain thunderstorms.  A late break from the weather overlords led to a warm, sunny and generally pleasant day.  After a brief delay on land due to lack of water in the channel directly in front of Riverside YC, the tide and breeze filled in with a great 5-7 knots of shifty breeze that held the rest of the day.  LYC's team included Matt Kaplan and his crew, Commodore Andy Kaplan, Harry Koeppel sailing with Natalya Doris, and Derek Webster sailing with Grace Mason.  The team won their first four races against Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Noroton Yacht Club, American Yacht Club and Riverside Yacht Club, including two 1-2-3 finishes.  The final race of the round robin was against New York Yacht Club, who was also undefeated.  The Kaplans attempted some brave heroics to overcome a rough start from the other two boats, but sadly the team dropped their final race.  The 4 wins - 1 loss record was good enough for second place overall.

Casey Klingler named ICSA Women’s All-American Skipper
May 2018

For the second consecutive year, Casey Klingler (Yale, 18) has been named to All-American and a finalist for the Women’s College Sailor of the Year by the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association. This recognition follows closely upon Casey being named First Team All NEISA Skipper. 

Click here for full story.

Peter and Rachel Beardsley Win 2018 Viper Atlantic Coast Championship
May 16-17, 2018

Sailing out of Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis, MD, over the May 16-17 weekend, the Beardsleys and Simon Karstoft Jensen beat out 15 of the east coast’s top Viper 640s to become the first team to ever win the Viper ACCs twice. Winning the single race on the rainy, cold, windless first day, the team aboard Great Scott! turned in a 1-8-3-2-1 scoreline giving them a solid win over former LYC Summer Member Zeke Horowitz and local Annapolis sailor Geoff Ewenson.

Click here for full story and results.

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
April 28-May 4, 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.

Click here to read more.

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