SYC Lighthouse Regatta is August 4, 2018

By Diana Tyler

Shennecossett Yacht ClubShennecossett 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.
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Area Yacht Clubs Sponsor the 2018 Buzzards Bay Trophy

By Ed Sargent

Buzzards Bay TrophyThe 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
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Antigua & Barbuda Hamptons Challenge is August 18, 2018

By Rob Roden

Antigua Barbuda Hamptons ChallengeThe 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!   ©
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Up to Speed & Smarts: Pre-Start Warm-Ups

By David Dellenbaugh

Speed & Smarts David DellenbaughIf 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:


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CPYC Hosts Largest-ever OneDesign Regatta

By William Adler

Cedar Point One-DesignCedar 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/

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.

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Eärendil Wins The Atlantic Cup

By Julianna Barbieri

2018 Atlantic CupThe 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.

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73rd Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race: A Study in Contrasts

By Ron Weiss

Block Island RaceEighty 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.

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Edgartown YC Race Weekend is Back with New ’Round-the-Sound Race

Edgartown Race weekendEdgartown 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/

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.

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Mudhead Benefit Cup is July 13 & 14, 2018

Mudhead Benefit CupFor 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.

Sailors on more than 50 boats, including Laura Grondin’s Melges 32 Black Ice (West Hartford, CT), supported Center for Hospice Care in last year’s Mudhead Benefit Cup.   © Carl Tjerandsen
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How to Watch the Start of the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race

newport_bermuda_race.jpgIf you are not one of the 1500+ sailors starting the 51st Newport Bermuda Race on Friday, June 15, 2018, you can watch the start on Narragansett Bay or online. The start will be officiated by the New York Yacht Club Race Committee from onboard the 105-foot classic yacht Whitehawk. The warning gun will be at 1:00 p.m. for the first of seven divisions of boats which range from 32.5-112 feet in length.

Talbot Wilson/PPL photo (2014)
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