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Champions Crowned at the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta

By Sam Crichton

Clagett Match Race ClinicTwenty-four sailors with adaptive needs gathered in Oyster Bay, NY for the third annual Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race Clinic and Regatta, which was hosted by Sagamore Yacht September 28 - 30, 2018. The WaterFront Center donated their Sonars for use in the event, and Warrior Sailing Program rigged them with the adaptive equipment.

Holmberg, Barrengos and Long won every match in this year’s event.   © Francis George
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Speed & Smarts: Sail Fast Up the First Beat in Persistent Shifts

By David Dellenbaugh

Speed & SmartsWhen the breeze is shifting steadily in one direction, you need a different strategic approach than when it’s oscillating. Instead of playing the middle, head toward one side. Of course, your game plan will depend a lot on how much confidence you have in your wind predictions. If you’re only 50% sure that the wind will veer right, for example, you probably wouldn’t want to sail too far into the corner.

When the wind is shifting persistently you’ll notice it first at one edge of the fleet, so keep your eyes on the boats that are farthest to each side. What you’ll see is a fanning effect as the shift spreads across the fleet. That is, the boats closest to the direction of the new shift will be sailing the highest angles, while the boats farthest from it are still sailing lower angles. © Mary Alice Fisher/maryalicefisher.com

Here are some strategy ideas:

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25 Years of Whitebread

By Andrew Shemella, Photos by Rich LaBella, RJLaBellaPhotos.com

Whitebread 2018The 25th edition of the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s Twin Forks classic on Saturday, September 29, 2018 proved to be another memorable experience for the 70+ boats that crossed the starting line.

Jennifer & Greg Ames’ Hunter Legend 37 Seventh Heaven (left) and Rich Spitzenberger’s C&C 35 RJMS negotiate the shoal-filled waters near the Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse between Orient Harbor and Gardiner’s Bay.RJLaBellaPhotos.com

Hundreds of East End sailors were looking forward to a beautiful day of sailing in 10- to 12-knot winds. That’s what the forecast said. It was to be what I call a PHRF day. In other words, sailboats sailing in conditions for which they were optimized so you could really see how they perform in comparison to their ratings. Not! What the forecast didn’t include was that the wind would be light and variable. The racecourse was filled with “Black Holes.” If you sailed into one, you might not ever come out.

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Potts and Ferrarone Win Ideal 18 NAs

Potts Ferrarone Ideal 18Extremely light winds prevailed for the 2018 Ideal 18 North American Championship, hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club in Larchmont, NY on September 29 & 30, 2018. Thirty-seven teams competed, and when the dust had cleared one of the 12 teams from the host club stood atop the podium.

© Maureen C. Koeppel
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Up to Speed & Smarts: Basic Principles for Rounding Marks

By David Dellenbaugh

Rounding MarksIf you want your mark roundings to be quick and safe, there are certain strategies that work almost every time. For example, you should round each mark close enough that you could reach out and touch it. You should locate the next mark visually before you round this one. And you should definitely develop a strategic plan for the next leg before you round any mark.

Round every mark close enough to touch it, like MudRatz 420 sailors Zach Champney (helm) and Peter Cronin, pictured at the Buzzards Bay Regatta. It’s amazing how wide many boats go around marks. In most cases, they lose double the amount of distance they leave between them and the mark. They sail a certain distance past the mark and then they have to sail that far again just to get back to the mark. To minimize distance sailed, it’s important to round close to every mark. Of course, there are a few times when it’s OK to be farther from the mark – like at a windward mark in breeze when you need enough space to ease your main, or at a leeward mark when you are trying to do an ‘end-run’ around a pack of boats. But a good rule of thumb is that you should round each mark close enough that you can reach over and touch it. To get into this position you may have to slow down so you are right behind the boat ahead, but this ensures that you will sail the shortest course, and it gives you more tactical options and clearer air after the mark.  © J. Cronin - OutrageousPhotography.net

 

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Spitfire Wins Sonar NAs

Sonar North American's SpitfireThirty-seven boats contested the 2018 Jaguar Range Rover Sonar North American Championship, which was hosted by Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT September 13 - 16. Four races were sailed on Friday, but racing was cancelled Saturday and Sunday due to lack of wind.

From left to right are Greg Stevens, Libby Alexander, Karl Ziegler, Bruce Kirby (designer of the Sonar), Peter Galloway (with hat, from whom the trophy is named), Bill Crane, and Noroton YC Commodore Tom Ross. Photo courtesy of Rick Bannerot © 2018
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The JYRALIS Reunion: You Can Go Home Again

JYRALIS ReunionOver 120 former members of the Junior Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound gathered on Saturday, September 8, 2018 under the Pandemonium at Larchmont Yacht Club, scene of many great dances during their junior sailing days.

 Reg Pierce, Jeff Neuberth and Paige Neubereth (Indian Harbor).   © Bill Sandberg

The day began, naturally, with racing in Ideal 18s provided by LYC. Each team had a special connection – lifelong sailing pals Rich duMoulin and Elliot Oldak (both Knickerbocker YC); Instructor Bill Sandberg (American) and pupil Lili Jenkins (Noroton); the husband and wife team of Joan & Butch Hitchcock (American) and the brother/sister team of Monica Stautner Nichols and John Stautner (Indian Harbor). The Race Committee consisted of Jol Everett (American), Bizzy Monte-Sano (Larchmont), Ellen Isbrandtsen (Indian Harbor) and Nick Langone (Larchmont).

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Record Run The Vineyard Race Aboard Argo

By Chad Corning

ArgoWhere the 2017 edition of Stamford Yacht Club’s Vineyard Race featured dream conditions with a fresh northerly prevailing for most of the race, 2018 was much harder work with a brisk easterly featuring for the trip out to the tower. After taking their medicine, the fleet was largely disappointed as the easterly faded away to nothing making this year’s 84th running a long and testing contest.

The crew of Jason Carroll’s MultiOneDesign70 Argo – Westy Barlow, Jim Condon, Chad Corning, Thierry Fouchier, Sidney Gavignet, Scott Norris, Anderson Reggio and Alister Richardson – set a new course record for the 238-nautical mile Vineyard Race with an elapsed time of 14 hours, 58 minutes and 19 seconds. That’s an average speed of 15.9 knots!  © Kevin Dailey/KevinDaileyImages.com

We had quite a few challenges on Jason Carroll’s new MOD70 trimaran Argo. First and foremost, the boat was purchased just three weeks prior to the race and was in Lorient, France. A perfect delivery window opened up and the boat had a mostly downwind run on the southern route, sailing 4,000 miles to Newport, RI in a bit over ten days. A fairly frantic maintenance period ensued, and with fitting some new sails along with some minor miracles, the boat departed Newport the day before the August 31 start.

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Up to Speed & Smarts: Assess Your Risk Level at the Start

By David Dellenbaugh

Starting line racing Every race is full of choices. You can go to the left side or the right; start at the pin end or in the middle; cover the other boats or sail your own race; duck a starboard tacker or lee-bow them. The chance to make hundreds of choices in each race is part of the challenge and fun of sailing.

You don’t have to win the start to win the race.  © Clagett Regatta/Ro Fernandez

Each of the decisions that you make in a race involves a certain amount of risk. If you go all the way to the left corner you may lose everyone on the right. If you start in the middle (where it’s harder to judge the line), you might be OCS. Risk is not inherently good or bad. But if you don’t think about your own situation and how much risk you are willing, or need, to take, then your choices may not turn out to be very successful.

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Whitebread XXV is September 29, 2018

By Andrew Shemella

WhitebreadTwenty-five years! Wow, that’s a lot of years for a regatta that was started by five guys sitting around a table in a bar. The Sailing Instructions were written on a napkin, and they were just the course. Ten boats sailed in the original rendition of the Peconic Bay Sailing Association’s (PBSA) Whitebread Race. It must have been a good idea, because the race quickly grew to over 100 entries. It wasn’t long before there was a post-race party, and then a band and a barbecue.

© RJ LaBella/RJLaBellaPhotos.com
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