The Long Way Around

The 47th Annual World’s Longest Sunfish Race, 30th Annual Catamaran Race 7th Annual Laser Race, and 2nd Annual C420 Race Around Shelter Island, NY

By Beth Fleisher, Southold Yacht Club Race Committee Chair

World's Longest Sunfish RaceSouthold Yacht Club in Southold, NY hosted a unique day on the bay on Saturday, July 8, as a competitive fleet of 29 boats began the World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island. A fairly unusual event in the world of dinghy racing, this is a distance race of 18.9 miles in a line drawn around the island…much more when upwind tacking is taken into account.

Jim Koehler was late for the start of this year’s World’s Longest Sunfish Race Around Shelter Island, but was smiling as he crossed the finish line first.   © Celeste Flick

This was the 47th year for this race, which is on many a sailor’s bucket list. Rob Eberle came all the way from North Carolina to the North Fork of Long Island to cross it off his list. He finished sixth after a hard-fought race in foreign waters, posting a time of 4 hours, 1 minute and 49 seconds.

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American YC High Performance Regatta is October 7 & 8

High Performance dinghyAmerican Yacht Club in Rye, NY will host the 14th Annual High Performance Regatta (HPR) on October 7 & 8, 2017. Previously named the HPDO (High Performance Dinghy Open), the event has been renamed to indicate the focus on a wider array of boats. 

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Sachem’s Head Yacht Club to Host Inaugural Coastal Classic

Sachem's HeadIn the yachting world there are many “classic” coastal races. However, there is only one Sachem’s Head Coastal Classic. While the Connecticut shoreline does not offer towering volcanic spires to navigate around or the glitz and glam of other world famous sailing venues, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to spend a warm afternoon on the water. After a long, long hiatus Sachem’s Head Yacht Club in Guilford, CT is excited to host an Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association PHRF regatta.

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41st Around Long Island Regatta (ALIR) Breaks With Tradition

ALIRSea Cliff, NY – July 31, 2017 - This past Thursday, for the first time in the ALIR’s history, the race started in the shadows of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop. It was spectacular - complete with a FDNY fireboat showering the fleet with a water cannons sendoff and the Manhattan Yacht Club’s Honorable William Wall providing the opportunity for spectators to view the start – close up.

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Ida Lewis Distance Race Starts August 18, 2017

By Barby MacGowan, Media Pro International

Ida Lews RaceThe 13th edition of the Ida Lewis Distance Race, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, RI, starts Friday, August 18, promising once again to deliver an exciting late-season topper to a busy summer of competitive racing on Narragansett Bay. Classes for IRC, PHRF, One Design, Multihull and Double-Handed ensure that everyone (with a qualifying boat of 28 feet or longer) has a place to fit in.

Competing in the Youth Challenge division with members of the Grimes and Moffet families on board, Paul Grimes’ J/35 Breakaway (Jamestown, RI) finished third in PHRF Spinnaker 2 in last year’s Ida Lewis Distance Race.  ©Cate Brown/catebrownphoto.com
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New England J/Fest – August 11-13, 2017, Newport

J Fest New EnglandThe New England J/Fest organizing committee and Vanquish Boats are excited to announce that they will be sponsoring the second annual New England J/Fest Regatta. The regatta, hosted by Sail Newport at Fort Adams State Park, will take place August 11th-13th. This highlight of the summer racing calendar is a must attend for all J boat owners, crew and enthusiasts.

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Larchmont Yacht Club’s 119th Race Week

Larchmont Race WeekFrom Saturday, July 15, through Sunday, July 23, 2017 sailors from Long Island Sound and nearby yachting areas congregated at Larchmont (NY) Yacht Club to sail in one of the grandfathers of American regattas, the Larchmont Race Week.

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This annual event spanned top one-design classes, racer/cruisers, classic yachts, junior boats, and hosting the Storm Trysail Club’s Jr. Safety-at-Sea Seminar.

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Pauline Dowell Wins It All at The Robie

By Jan Hodnett

Robie Pierce Pauline DowellPauline Dowell, a blind sailor who lives on a boat in Boston Harbor, was victorious in both events at the 9th Annual Robie Pierce Regatta, winning the 2017 Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational and the Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta.

Skipper Pauline Dowell (yellow shirt), Katherine Kern and Grace Olsen won the Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational and the Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta.  © Jim Reilly

Named after one of the founding fathers of adaptive sailing, this event for sailors with disabilities was held June 1 - 4 at American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. Run jointly by American Yacht Club and Larchmont Yacht Club in nearby Larchmont, the regatta alternates yearly between the two clubs. Over the years, “The Robie” has become one of the country’s foremost events for sailors with a broad array of disabilities including physical, neurological and visual impairments. Wheelchairs are left on the dock as competitors sail in specially adapted Ideal 18s.

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Sag Harbor Regatta to Award Antigua Sailing Week Trip!

Hamptons Antiqua RegattaSag Harbor, NY - The Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta will return to Long Island Saturday, July 22, 2017 and provide the biggest sailing prize in the Northeast to the winner. The winning Captain and Crew of 5 win an all-expense paid trip to Antigua to sail in Antigua Sailing Week 2018, regularly named in the top 5 regattas in the world.

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Block Island Race Week 2017

Friday - The Final Showdown at Race Week

BIRW 2017BIRW Event Media: Chris Lewis still looked a bit stunned as he stood on the dock at Payne’s drinking a mudslide while surrounded by his jubilant team.

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Lewis and his crew on Kenai had just pulled off a stunning comeback and somewhat surprising upset, doing so in dramatic fashion. The Houston, Texas-based boat won both races on Friday and took advantage of a rare stumble by Challenge IV to capture the venerable J/44 class at Block Island Race Week XXVII.

“It was a very tense day of racing. It was game on and we knew we had to win both races to have a chance,” Lewis said. “We liked the strong breeze and we liked the committee boat end of the line. We got both today and managed to pull out the victory.”

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