The Season Begins
By Peter J. Coleman
Now the season has begun, and it’s time to put the seven tips we discussed last month into practice. Let’s look at a few important ways to implement those in mid-season competition.
Keeping everything simple and straightforward on the racecourse – and avoiding mistakes! – is fundamental to achieving good results. © Allen Clark/PhotoBoat.com
The goal is to improve all summer long and if you do, the fun factor will be very high! But, be warned, missteps and thus lack of reward and the lack of the ability to improve can be caused by not following some simple steps.Read more
By Diana Tyler
Shennecossett Yacht Club of Groton, CT will again be sponsoring their annual unique regatta on Saturday, August 4, 2018. The SYC Lighthouse Regatta is an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) sanctioned race. With enough interest, the addition of a “fun” class on a separate course is planned, with PHRF numbers assigned by the race committee.
Weather permitting, the plan is to have yachts sent on a 15-mile race up and down Fishers Island Sound. This course encircles three lighthouses with views of several more, making for an exciting navigator’s race. SYC will donate any profits to the New London Maritime Society’s Lighthouse Fund. The society is a group dedicated to the education and preservation of local lighthouses. An illustrated brochure with information about all nine Fishers Island Sound lighthouses will be given to all entrants.
George Bates’ Ensign Bonanza approaches Latimer Reef Light in a recent SYC Lighthouse Regatta.Read more
By Ed Sargent
The Buzzards Bay Trophy was established in 2017 to increase and sustain PHRF yacht racing on Buzzards Bay.
Jim Masiero’s J/122 Ursus Maritimus (Beverly Yacht Club) chases Matt Schmitt’s J/105 Hardtack (Buzzards Yacht Club) in the Beverly YC-sponsored Hurricane Cup. © Paul Hyde
Five clubs in Massachusetts, Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, Buzzards Yacht Club in Pocasset, Mattapoisett Yacht Club in Mattapoisett, New Bedford Yacht Club in South Dartmouth, and Quissett Yacht Club in Falmouth, came together to collectively award the Buzzards Bay Trophy to the Racing and Cruising Class yachts with the best combined score in four of six races:
- Mattapoisett Yacht Club Spring Round-the-Bay Race, June 9
- New Bedford Yacht Club Whaler’s Race, June 23
- Beverly Yacht Club Parker Converse Tower Race, July 14
- Buzzards Yacht Club PHRF Race, August 18
- Quissett Yacht Club Round-the-Bay Race, September 8
- Beverly Yacht Club Hurricane Cup, September 22
By Rob Roden
The largest amateur sailing prize on the East Coast is up for grabs at the 2018 Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge, organized by the Peconic Bay Sailing Association (PBSA) and scheduled for Saturday, August 18, 2018. The winning skipper and crew will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in Antigua Sailing Week 2019.
The crew of the winning boat in the Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in Antigua Sailing Week 2019! © sailingweek.comRead more
By David Dellenbaugh
If you want to be at your optimum performance when the starting signal goes off, you need to warm up beforehand so you are ready, both physically and mentally. Here are some things you can do to prepare for any race:
By William Adler
Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT hosted its largest-ever OneDesign Regatta the weekend of June 1 - 3, 2018 with a record 106 boats and 560 sailors competing in eight classes, including four that raced for national or regional championships.
From left to right are the Atlantics of Scott Reichhelm (second place finisher), Rodrigo Meireles (first) and Jim Doyle (third). © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
Fickle breezes and constantly changing seas created challenges on Saturday, as sailors worked through periods of dead calm followed by a thunderstorm that roared across Long Island Sound from the north. On Sunday, brisk winds across the circle courses southeast of Compo Beach made for more favorable conditions, and more races were completed.Read more
By Julianna Barbieri
The French/Italian team #145 Eärendil (La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany), co-skippered by Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani, captured the 2018 Atlantic Cup, the United States’ premier and only dedicated Class40 sailing race.
Catherine Pourre and Pietro Luciani sailed Eärendil to victory in the 2018 Atlantic Cup. © Billy Black
Eärendil dominated the two offshore legs and held on to a narrow advantage as #128 Toothface II (Boston, MA), co-skippered by Mike Dreese and Tristan Mouligné, closed the gap with exceptional racing in the Inshore Series. The Portland, ME-based #127 Amhas, co-skippered by Micah Davis and Rob Windsor, placed third after a consistent performance throughout the two-week event.Read more
By Ron Weiss
Eighty boats crossed the starting line in big breeze to begin the 73rd edition of the 186 nautical mile Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race. The good times lasted until most of the boats had rounded Block, but on the return leg conditions became increasingly variable.
PHRF Class 5 competitors Brian Spears’ J/120 Madison (Fairfield, CT) and Justin Bonar’s Jeanneau 53 YYZ (Stamford, CT) on the way out to Block Photo courtesy of Rick Bannerot, copyright 2018
Massive holes appeared at seemingly random times and places; a veritable mine field that the fleet had to pick their way through carefully. The winners attributed their victories to skill, and the non-winners cursed their bad luck. Such is human nature.Read more
Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend, a Martha’s Vineyard tradition anchored by its ’Round-the-Island Race (’RTI) of eight decades, is adding a new ’Round-the-Sound Race (‘RTS) option for teams wanting to sail a shorter course of approximately 20 nautical miles around government marks on Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds.
The EYC Race Weekend fleet enjoys last year’s ’Round-the-Island Race. This year’s event will include a shorter ’Round-the-Sound option. © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us
The ’RTS adds yet another dimension to Edgartown Yacht Club Race Weekend and is an attractive alternative for those wanting to go a bit easier on Saturday or just even try short-distance racing for the first time.Read more
For more than a quarter-century, sailors in southeastern Connecticut have raced to raise funds and awareness for Center for Hospice Care, and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association’s Mudhead Benefit Cup has become the “Go to Regatta” on the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association circuit.