The first part of Larchmont Yacht Club’s 89thth Junior Race Week, with 400 sailors from around the East Coast participating, is now in the books. For the first two days of sailing in light to moderate winds, sailors competed on three circles consisting of Lasers, 420s, and Pixels.
Photo courtesy of Howard McMichael
All sailing on day three was cancelled due to strong storm cells in the area. Kudos to the Race Committees, Safety Patrols, and Instructors who were able to get the participants off the course and back on land in less than half an hour! Regatta Chairman John May commented, It was a shame they couldn’t get more racing in, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.”
On the Laser circle, 95 boats competed in a total of four races. The boats were divided into four color groups for the 80 boat Laser Radial group, consisting of green, red, yellow and blue divisions raced round robin style.
In the Green Fleet first place was won by Sam Morrell from American YC, with Jack Glenn from Seawanhaka Corinthian YC placing second and Tucker Gersam from Noroton YC in third. Jack Briano from Indian Harbor won first in the Red Fleet, followed by Katherine O’Donnell from Niantic Boat Club and John McCarthy from Port Washington YC in second and third place, respectively. First honors in the Yellow Fleet went to Nicholas Chisari from Seacliff YC with Andrew Rochat (American YC) and Katarina Catallo from Port Washington YC coming in second and third, respectively. In the Blue Fleet, Lindsay Powers from American YC won first with Matthew Priebe from Seawanhaka Corinthian YC and Carina Becker from American YC second and third, respectively.
In the Black Fleet, consisting of 15 Standard Radial Competitors, first prize was won by Collin Alexander from American YC, who took four first place finishes, with Richard O’Leary of American YC coming in second and Richard Hoge from Norwalk YC in third.
In the 420 circle 112 boats, also divided into four color fleets – Green, Red, Yellow, and Blue – competed in a round robin competition with a total of three races. In the Green Fleet first place was won by Lew Hobi and Julia Reynolds from Pequot YC, with Oliver Parsons and Caroline Maccauley from Pequot YC placing second and Sam Tobin and Madeleine Keane from Noroton YC in third. Brook McGoldrick and Cameron Nash from Pequot YC won first in the Red Fleet, followed by JohnSchinto and Peter Dunay from Riverside YC and Eric Hansen and John Faiella from Larchmony YC in second and third place, respectively. First honors in the Yellow Fleet went to Will Gallagher and Ana Schonander from Larchmont YC, with Tim Greenhouse and Jack De Natale (WADA) and Corey Sabia and Scott Jonker (Norwalk YC) coming in second and third, respectively. In the Blue Fleet, Parker Colantuono and Nancy Harrington from Niantic YC placing first with Emma Jakobson and Hugh Reynolds from American YC and Nina Reichhelm and Alex Berg from Pequot YC second and third, respectively.
In the Pixel circle, 37 entrants sailed a total of five races in one division. First place was won by Charlotte Costikyan and Isable Infurma from Noroton YC, with four firsts and a throwaway second place finish. Second went to Niall Sheridan and Skyler Risom from Norwalk YC, with Devin Hart and Madeline Dwyer from Noroton YC placing third.
A number of special perpetual trophies are also awarded annually in Junior Race Week. The Commodore’s Trophy is awarded to that participant age 18 or under who is a winner in his/her class and who, in the judgment of the Race Committee and the Commodore has made the “best performance.” This year’s winner is Will Gallagher from Larchmont YC.
The Windjammer Trophy is presented by the Norwegian Consulate to the Junior Sailor who best exemplifies seamanship and sportsmanship. Jonas Schneider from Horseshoe Harbor YC sailing in the Pixel class brought this trophy home after losing his boom and manually holding the sail while steering with the tiller between his legs.
The O’Donnell Trophy, awarded annually to the girl under age 18 who has consistently shown to be outstanding in seamanship and sportsmanship, was won by Lindsay Powers from American YC sailing in the Laser Radial (Blue) Fleet.
The William S. Luckett Trophy given to the overall winner of the 420 class went to Will Gallagher and Ana Schonander from Larchmont YC.
The Al Bamberger Trophy is awarded to the best scorer among either the Pixel or Blue Jay Class, who in the judgment of the Regatta Committee and the Commodore has shown best performance. This year’s winner is Charlotte Costikyan from Noroton YC.
The Crew Prize, awarded to the sailor who in the judgment of the Regatta Committee and the Commodore made the best performance, was won by Ana Schonander, sailing with Will Gallagher from Larchmont YC.
And finally, The George S. Hills Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Laser division, went to Sam Morrell from American Yacht Club.
Opti Day, the final leg of Larchmont Yacht Club’s 89thth Junior Race Week, with more than 175 Opti sailors from around the East Coast participating, was sailed today in the best conditions of the four day Junior Regatta. Red, white and blue color fleets competed on a crystal clear day in a Northerly breeze of 5 to 6 knots.
The White Fleet, consisting of the youngest Opti sailors, with 63 boats divided into Blue and Yellow divisions, sailed in the vicinity of Bell #1 outside of Larchmont Harbor. PRO Dave Smalley and his Committee sent them out on three races. Benjamin Sheppard from Riverside Yacht Club won the Yellow Fleet with three first place finishes. Tyler Nash from Pequot Yacht Club was second, and William Clark from Riverside Yacht Club was third. In the Blue fleet, Tomas Zaleski from Stamford Yacht Club was first, with Jean-Luc Depardieu from Norwalk Yacht Club in second and Witt Lindau from Cedar Point Yacht Club in third.
In the Red and Blue circles, PRO Jan Smeets and his Race Committee also ran three races just East of the Larchmont breakwater. Twenty-one boats competed in the Red circle. First place was won by Max Anker from Riverside Yacht Club, with firsts in all three races. Charles Roseberry from Larchmont Yacht Club was second, while Jaume Pujadas, also from Larchmont Yacht Club, was third.
The 93 remaining boats in the Blue circle were divided into Black and Green fleets. In the Green fleet, Griffin Gigliotti from Noroton Yacht Club was first with three winning finishes. Jacqueline Quirke from American Yacht Club was second with a trio of thirds, and Sophie Brett, also from American Yacht Club came in third. Leyton Borcherding from Belle Haven Club was first in the Black fleet, with Vanessa Lahrkamp from American Yacht Club in second and Sofia Segalla from Stamford Yacht Club in third.
For the first time since 2009, there were two winners of The William LeBoutillier Trophy for the best performance in the Opti Regatta. Max Anker from Riverside Yacht Club and Griffin Gigliotti from Noroton Yacht Club were both awarded this perpetual trophy for their triple first place wins.
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