American Yacht Club Fall Regatta
Mother Nature served up gorgeous conditions for both weekends of the AYC Fall Regatta. © Jim Reilly
“Long Island Sound sailing conditions were spectacular!” said AYC Sailing Director Kevin Broome. “Everyone, including sailors, Race Committee, and support boats worked hard. Our wind ended up being a little stronger than the forecast each day. Warm weather, wind, and some waves were enjoyed by everyone, and it was a great weekend all the way around!”
John Sommi’s Cloud9 (Darien, CT) highlighted the boat J/88 class with a sensational two weekends of racing, posting seven bullets in a row to start the first weekend of racing and ten bullets overall to finish first in the division. “We had Cloud9 prepped for North Americans next week,” said Sommi. “The boat setup was fast, and the crew’s work was flawless. The scores don’t reflect the competitiveness of the fleet, the starts were contested and there were many close crossings. We got a few breaks to finish many races just a boat length or two ahead or behind the nearest boat.”
The USMMA’s M.A.T. notched four bullets on her way to second place in IRC. © Jim Reilly
Peacemaker YCC, a Ker helmed by Leo Vasiliev (Bayville, NY) posted five bullets during the first weekend and followed up with two more in the final weekend to finish atop the PHRF class.
Close finishes and tight scoring highlighted the 6-boat J/44 fleet, with only four points separating first and fourth place heading into the final weekend. Lenny Sitar’s Vamp (Holmdel, NJ) posted a during the final three races to finish tied for first with Don and Rick Rave’s Resolute (Huntington, NY). Close behind, Bill Ketcham’s Maxine (Greenwich, CT) and Tom Blackwell’s Breakaway (Fairfield, CT) tied for second in the division and finished only one point out of first.
After finishing first in the AYC Spring Series this May, Loki, helmed by David Rosow (Fairfield, CT) returned to take first again in the J/ division after posting five straight bullets in the second and third day of racing.
The IRC Division saw two boats trading spots nearly every race throughout, which made for some really thrilling competition. Pterodactyl, Scott Weisman’s R/P 45 Custom (White Plains, NY) finished with four straight bullets during the final weekend to take first place with Kenneth Luczynski’s M.A.T. YCC (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Kings Point, NY) finishing a close second in the division.
Bill Ketcham’s Maxine finished third in the always ultra-competitive J/44 One-Design Class. © Jim Reilly
John Gochberg’s USA (New York, NY) had an impressive two weekends of sailing in the 8-boat J/70 class, posting eight bullets in 12 races to take first place. Finishing second was the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Yogi (New London, CT), helmed by Nick Custer and a new crew that included recent Junior American Yacht Club grad Richard O’Leary, Merrill Cline, Greg Gaskel, and Dan Peveler. “It was great to see so many young sailors mixed into the adult racing!” said Broome.
Sailors enjoyed food and drinks on the front lawn overlooking the New York City skyline following both weekends of racing, and a wonderful awards ceremony hosted by American Yacht Club at the regatta’s conclusion.
During the first weekend, AYC also welcomed back special guest speaker Tucker Thompson, who gave a presentation on this year’s America’s Cup to a full audience.
“I have been coming to American Yacht Club each year to present about the America’s Cup or Volvo Ocean Race, and each time I am simply blown away by the club, the staff, and the members of AYC,” said Thompson. “It is one of the best clubs I visit on my annual 40+ yacht club speaking tour and I always look forward to coming back. It would be great to see a big AYC turnout in New Zealand for the Cup in March of and hopefully, if American Magic is successful, we can bring the Cup back to AYC for another visit!”
Included in this year’s Fall Regatta was a wonderful beer tasting on the front lawn featuring Sloop Brewing Co. Big thanks are in order for Doyle Sails, who sponsored the beer for this year’s Fall Regatta and Poland Spring for sponsoring water. For all final results, visit Yachtscoring.com and be sure to visit American Yacht Club’s Facebook page to view photos from both weekends of action. ■
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Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One Design Challenge RecapBy Kris Zillmann | October 26,
The array of container, tanker, and cruise ships in Long Beach Harbor shook up the breeze while the Santa Anas fought to come in all weekend, giving us moderate wind on Saturday resulting in a delayed start and sporty conditions on Sunday. Traci Miller, Kim Stanford, Jessica Sweeney, Marnie Jenkins, Kara Voss, Julie Mitchell, Tiffany Billings and Alexa Cavalieri joined helmswoman Kris Zillmann for 7 races against some of the best female sailors on the West Coast. Team SDYC ended up 5th overall, but was proud of the effort and the comeback on day 2 when we finally got our Catalina 37 moving.Read Article >>
San Diego Beneteau Cup Shows Strong Return to Fun Racing!By Barrett Canfield, South Coast Yachts | September 29,
It was all smiles and high energy for the + sailors who visited San Diego Yacht Club from all over Southern California, with a few special guests from as far away as Chicago, Sept. for what has become one of the most popular regattas in Southern California. In fact, at 38 boats, organizer Barrett Canfield of South Coast Yachts realized their formula for the regatta made this Beneteau Cup the largest B-Cup in the USA and possibly the world, rivaling the B-Cup in Sydney, Australia.Read Article >>
Etchells One Design Weekend Prepares Fleet for North American ChampionshipBy Casey Allocco, SDYC Communications Coordinator | September 29,
The San Diego Yacht Club’s One Design Weekend this past Saturday and Sunday was filled with great competition for the Etchells fleet and for most was doubling as practice for the upcoming Etchells North American Championship this Friday, October 1 to Sunday, October 3.
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Kea Dominates Beneteau North American ChampionshipBy Casey Allocco, SDYC Communications Coordinator | September 27,
The Beneteau North American Championship was dominated by Chick Pyle's Kea. The team finished the first day of the regatta with a picket fence and never let up from there. Over three days of racing, Kea earned 7 bullets in 9 races - 12 points overall and 22 points ahead of second place finisher Thomas Shepherd on Kraken.
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The International Masters Regatta is Back - 12 Legendary Skippers to CompeteBy Casey Allocco, SDYC Communications Coordinator | September 24,
After a year without one of San Diego Yacht Club’s most cherished and anticipated regattas, the Club is excited to welcome twelve legendary Master skippers to vie for victory at the International Masters Regatta. The event to be held from Thursday, October 21 - Saturday, October 23 will feature three days of competition on San Diego Bay from some very well-known names in sailing. Skippers will be joining us in Southern California from all over the globe: New York, New Zealand, Toronto, Washington, and California.Read Article >>
SDYCs Bruce Golison and SDYC crew 2nd at the J70 World ChampionshipsBy | September 21,
SDYC's Bruce Golison skippered his J/70 Midlife Crisis with an all-SDYC crew to 2nd place in the J/70 World Championship at Cal Yacht Club this summer. His team was primed with a solid win in the Pre-Worlds last month. One of only two teams to get bullets in the tightly matched Worlds event (along with Magatron), Golison sailed with Steve Hunt, Erik Shampain and Jeff Reynolds.Read Article >>
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