Farrars Win International One-Design Worlds at Northeast Harbor

One-Design WorldsEight past world champions showed up within a 20-boat fleet in late August to race in the International One-Design World Championship at Northeast Harbor, ME. Five days and 10 races later, the team led by Isabelle & Jonathan Farrar of Fishers Island, NY outlasted the rest of the Norwegians, Swedes, Bermudians, Canadians, and other Americans to capture the championship—their second victory in three years.

 

Twenty teams from Norway, Sweden, Bermuda, Canada and the USA contested the 2017 IOD Worlds.   © Sue Charles
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“Look Ma! No Hands!”

Reaching for Success at the Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race

By F. K. George

Claggett

Winning skipper Pauline Dowell  receives helming instructions from sighted crew Kay VanValkenburgh (lime shirt), who also guides her during coaching sessions and briefings.   © Oakcliff Sailing/Francis George

Twenty-seven competitors on 9 teams were served a mixed bag of conditions at the second annual Clagett/Oakcliff Match Race for sailors with adaptive needs, hosted by The WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, NY August 25 - 27. Pauline Dowell (Boston, MA) and her crew of Christian Thaxton (Sommerville, MA) and Kay VanValkenburgh (Boston), who are returning racers at this event, clinched victory without a single loss on their scoreline. They even bested Rio Paralympic silver medalist Rick Doerr (Clifton, NJ), who made his debut in match racing at the Clagett/Oakcliff and earned a second place spot after a tiebreaker with Charles Rosenfield (Woodstock, CT).

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Rough Going on the Ida Lewis Distance Race

WarriorIrie 2Haerlem and Young American Persevere to Win

By Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International

Ida Lewis Race

Co-skippered by Stephen Murray, Sr. and Stephen Murray, Jr., the modified Volvo 70 Warrior won line honors and IRC division in the 2017 Ida Lewis Distance Race.   © Stephen Cloutier/photogroup.us

The weather started out gloomy, then got downright nasty for the 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race, which started Friday, August 18 off Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. A forecast calling for storms to pass over the racecourse during the night convinced seven of the original 40 entrants to drop out prior to the start for six classes (IRC, PHRF Spinnaker A, PHRF Spinnaker B, PHRF Cruising Spinnaker, Doublehanded and Multihull). Of the remaining 33 teams, an additional ten were forced to retire due to damaged equipment or other problems incurred during multiple squalls that left memorable impressions and their calling cards of driving rain and winds gusting over 40 knots.

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Newport Bermuda Race Preparation

Newport Bermuda RaceThe Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) has named Safe Harbor Marinas as the Official Boat Preparation Resource for the 2018 Newport Bermuda Race.  Said Bermuda Race Organizing Committee Chairman Jonathan Brewin, “We are very happy to welcome back Brewer Yacht Yards, now owned by Safe Harbor Marinas, as members of the sponsor family for the 51st Bermuda Race.  BROC is especially pleased that Safe Harbor Marinas will again bring its expertise to sailors with its race-preparation seminar.”

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Fun, Friends and Family at the Lightning Women’s, Juniors’ & Masters’ North American Championships

By Ben Cesare

Lightning classFun! That is the way I always describe Lightning Class regattas. The North American Women’s, Juniors’ and Masters’ Championships, hosted by Metedeconk River Yacht Club and Lightning Fleet 34 in Brick, NJ August 2 - 4, 2017 was an exception in that it was super fun!

Laura Jeffers, Johanna Schon and Teresa Colantuono won the Women's North American Championship by a 3-point margin. Photo by Art Petrosemolo/nautical photography.us

Fantastic sailing was combined with a three-day family reunion, complete with a Mexican dinner, a pizza party, and a final great steak dinner conducted during a full on, four-lane corn hole tournament on the club’s beautiful front lawn. The only drawback was that, as is typical at Lightning events, it’s hard to get the boat rigged on day one because there is so much hugging, high-fiving and general banter that it’s hard to concentrate!

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13th Annual YRALIS Championships Regatta

By Andrea Watson

Lawrence McGrathThe 13th running of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound’s Championships Regatta nailed it on so many levels. A few days before the regatta, the weather forecast for Saturday, August 5, the first day of the two-day event, predicted heavy rain and lightning all day, but Saturday dawned with only some light rain. By the time of the first warning, skies were cloudy with no rain in sight. Sunday brought more of the same.

Laser winner Lawrence McGrath leads second place finisher Jean Fillion around a mark.   ©Mary Alice Fisher Photo/maryalicefisher.com

Year after year the YRA cashes in favors to Mother Nature (don’t even ask), and she smiles on western Long Island Sound in the vicinity of Riverside Yacht Club and Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT and American Yacht Club in nearby Rye, NY.

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Light Air for the Stone Horse Builder’s Cup

By Tom Kenney

Stone HorseThe 2017 Stone Horse Builder’s Cup, a one-design race limited to the 23-foot Stone Horse designed by S.S. Crocker and built by Edey & Duff, formerly of Aucoot Cove in Mattapoisett, MA, was held Saturday, August 12 in the waters off Padanaram, MA. The race, delayed by one hour due to the threat of thunderstorms, was beset by fluky winds out of the east-southeast and the course was ultimately shortened to two legs because of the light air. The wind went light just before the starting gun, leaving boats in irons on the starting line and resulting in a few slow motion near-collisions.

David Neumeyer’s Metaphor won this year’s Stone Horse Builder’s Cup.   Photo by Tom Kenney
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Forty Years of Fools!

Fool's Rules RegattaThe 40th Annual Fools’ Rules Regatta was held, for only the second time ever, on the rain date, Sunday, August 13, in Jamestown, RI. This is the largest, most enjoyable event (free to participants and spectators) held in Jamestown each summer, and is sponsored by Jamestown Yacht Club. Several hundred spectators lined the beach this year to watch the construction of 31 “vessels,” then watched their crews attempt to complete a 500-yard downwind race.

We don’t know if the steering on this Homer Simpson-inspired entry actually worked, but we love the precision placement of the cooler on the “center line”…and the custom cup holders!   © Onne van der Wal/vanderwal.com
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13th Annual YRALIS PHRF & One Design Championships & Soverel 33 Nationals

The 13th running of the YRALIS annual regatta nailed it on so many levels.

YRA ChampionshipsThe weather forecast for Saturday, Aug. 5, the first day of the two-day regatta, predicted heavy rain and lightening all day, implying skippers should expect just about anything short of a monsoon.  That was mid-week before the regatta. And wouldn’t you just know it? Saturday dawned with some light rain early but by the time of the first warning, the skies were cloudy but no rain in sight. 

Michael Millard and Christine D'Amico won the Ideal 18 Class. ©Mary Alice Fisher/maryalicefisher.com

Sunday was more of the same. Year after year the YRA cashes in favors to Mother Nature (don’t even ask) and she smiles on Long Island Sound in the vicinity of Riverside YC, Indian Harbor YC and American YC.

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Stonewall Sails Pride Regatta

By Maeve Gately

Stonewall RegattaHudson River Community Sailing (HRCS) and the Knickerbocker Sailing Association (KSA) partnered for the 14th annual Stonewall Sails on June 24. Stonewall Sails, which was the first gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender sailing regatta when it debuted in 2003, remains the longest-running LGBT sailing regatta in the world.

With winds gusting over 20 knots, the Stonewall Sails race committee called for reefing on the seven competing J/24s.   © Tom Kluepfel

It is the sixth year that HRCS has partnered with KSA, who in turn raises funds to support HRCS youth programs. This year, KSA members raised over $9,000, and competed for a close first place out on the Hudson.

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