The competitors in the PWYC Blue Jay Race Week Regatta on July 25-27.
Port Washington YC was the host of the Blue Jay Race Week, July 25-27th. Mother Nature must be happy with the junior sailors for she did not follow through with her threats of thunderstorms and heavy rain predicted for both days of the regatta. Race Committee ran five races the first day, with two more following on Tuesday, sailing in winds clocked from 7 - 20 miles per hours out of the east-northeast. Four divisions started each race, and were tightly contested throughout the regatta. Because of the seven race series, the competitors were able to have a throw out race. In addition to racing both days, Monday brought two contests: the Marlinspike and Blue Jay Navigation. Christine Jakobs of Sea Cliff won the Marlinspike and Conor O'Reilly of Huntington YC won the Navigation contest. Winners of the Sportsmanship awards were: Cameron Mackey and Claudia Corbisiero from Douglaston Yacht Squadron, Tyler Campbell and Sarah Ramsey form Noroton YC and Quint Miller, Hammy Wallace and Andrew Viklund from Cold Spring Harbor YC. The top four finishers in each division: White Fleet: 1. Julia Boehlke/Emma Fullerton (American YC), 2 Patrick Diamond/Miles Archer (Indian Harbor YC), and 3. Josh Dell/Anthony Marini/Devon Kanger (Knickerbocker YC) and 4. Adrienne Bourquet/Katerina Anastasio (PWYC). The Black Fleet: 1. TJ Story/Justin Marks (Noroton YC), 2. Christine Jakob/Anna Fagin (Sea Cliff YC), 3. Alex Herring/Erica Galasso (Centerport YC), and 4. Karissa Coneys/Nicole Losquadro (Centerport YC). Red Fleet: 1. Andrew Dimatteo/Matthew Friedlander (Centerport YC), 2. Conor O'Reilly/Wendi Berke (Huntington YC), 3. Carter Aronson/Kohl Brinkman (American YC), and 4. Chris Fisher/Anna Schroeder (Bell Haven Club). The Blue Fleet: 1. Jessica Nees/James Reardon (Port Washington YC), 2. Parrish Duncan/Elizabeth Chabot (American YC), 3. Ben Carbone/Michael Schole (Orienta Beach Club) and 4. Asher Feldman/Aya Sheldon/Alex Kellog (KYC). Local juniors who participated include: Johanna Silbersack/ Meredith Krim/Katie Stack (MBYC); Virginia Brodie/ Jenny Aitken/Ali Marghero (MBYC); Brian Barr/Max Smithams (PWYC); Doug Horowitz/Geoff Horowitz (MBYC); Wilkie Jordan/Victoria Rainone/Christina Vlachos (MBYC), Kris Ledins/Joe Duarte/Nick Faccibene (KYC), Tyler Adams/Luke Record/Peter Aitken (MBYC); Robert Maisano/Hayes Brown (MBYC); Patrick Cosgrove/Alex Ferro (PWYC); Margaux Rand/Robbie Levinger/Devyn Fariner (KYC); and Marlena McGill/Cathy Jaronsczyk/Katherine Allen (MBYC).
Over 180 boats competed in the fourth running of New York Yacht Club Race Week presented by Rolex. The biennial event hosted 79 entries in the four-day "first half," devoted to IMS, PHRF, Classic Yacht and 12 Meter racing. Splitting the handicap and one-design portions of Race Week was the Distance Race that was sailed on Wednesday and scored separately. The second half of the NYYC Race Week had 83 entries competing in eight classes. Major championships were determined for North American for the Farr 395s, Henderson 30s and the J/35s; East Coast Championships for the Farr 40 Class, and Southern New England Championships for the J/105s. Other one-design classes that competed included J/109, J/120 and Swan 45. There were several local sailors competing in all three parts of NYYC Race Week. In the PHRF Blue Class #2: Bob Limoggio, Cabaret, 3rd (PWYC); and Ira Futterman, R-Wave, (KYC). In the PHRF Blue Class 3: Al Albrecht, Avalanche, 2nd (PWYC). Both Ira Futterman and Bob Limoggio competed in the Long Distance Race and came in 3rd and 4th, respectively. Sailing in the second half of Race Week: William Lenhert (MBYC) came in 4th in the Class 4 Green Division followed by Louis Nees on Out of Reach II (PWYC) who was 5th in the same division. Al Albrecht came in 4th in the Farr 395 Division and Solution, Farr 40 owned by John Thomson came in 4th. Also from our area was Ralf Steitz (MBYC) who sailed on Columbia, a Farr 40.
North Shore YC was Race Committee for the weekend of July 31 - August 1st. Saturday was a wild day on the water. One unconfirmed report put the wind at 38 mph at one point, but the general consensus was that the highest the wind reached on Saturday was in the high 20's. But that was enough to cause some chaos out on the water. Olin Express, the MBO that finally won first place last year and bought champagne for everyone back on land, ran into a little bit of trouble, and was not able to repeat their first place victory. In fact, they were lucky to get back to land at all. They swamped and had to be rescued, but luckily they were in the bay and not LI Sound at the time. The Sonars who were sent out of the bay past Execution Rock had an exciting beat back home, having to contend with high winds and rough seas. All sailors were safe and accounted for by end of day. Results for Saturday: Sonars (9 boats): 1. #652, Sounder, Rick Jordan/Jeff Shane, 2. #451, Ping, Sue Miller/John Browning, and 3. #396, Delight, Bob Kirtland. Four MBOs were on the starting line, but only two finished: 1. #21, Blue Chip, Chip Allen/Einar Haukeland, and 2. #5, Escapade, Ned Baker/Dick Moore. Two PHRF boats competed with Vision, Marc Epstein, taking line honors followed by Sundance, Joel Ziev, taking second place.
On Thursday July 29, 15 boats were out to enjoy Thirsty Thursday. All divisions were given Course UAZ, 3.08 nm. The results: Division I (3 boats): 1. Avalanche, Al Albrecht, 2. Free-Fall, Bill McFaul, and 3. Grace, Gene Gold. Division II (6 boats): 1. Xcite, Yalcin Tarhan, 2. Vision, Marc Epstein, and 3. Irish Blessing, Ed Gillen. Division III (5 boats): 1. Tootsie, Ron Fink, 2. Serenity, Jacques Blinbaum, and 3. En Passant, Bob Ebenau. Division Cats: (1 boat): Renegade, Andy Ledins.
Upcoming events: August 21, Gift of Life Regatta, Knickerbocker YC, Open to PHRF, IMS, Navigator and Cruising Classes, One design, both spinnaker and non-spinnaker, and Double-handed classes. Open to all sailors and racers who want to race for fun, win trophies and participate in a worthy cause. The Gift of Life International, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation administered by participating Rotarians of District 7250 for the purpose of providing open-heart surgery to needy children throughout the world. Following the race there will be a cocktail party and award presentation. For more information, contact KYC (516-883-7655) or David Kass (516-621-8286).
On August 28-29, The Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRA of LIS) is having an IMS, PHRF and One-design Championships, which will be hosted by several yacht clubs in Connecticut: Riverside YC: PHRF spinnaker and non-spinnaker and level racing divisions; Stamford YC: IMS - Racer, Cruiser/Racer; American YC : Etchells, IOD, J24, S-Boats, Shields, and Sonars; Cedar Point YC: Atlantic, Flying Scot, Laser, Lightning, Thistle, and Vanguard. For information, call YRALIS @ 526-767-9240 or visit www.yralis.org.