LYC Members Recognized at Annual Meeting
November 9, 2013
Jason Carroll won the Lipton-Martin Trophy for the second time
in three years.
On the evening of November 9, the membership of the Larchmont Yacht Club gathered for its annual meeting. Selected committees read reports and the Club awarded perpetual trophies to certain members for outstanding accomplishments. The Lipton-Martin Trophy, presented to the Club cruising yacht with the best overall performance during the past season, was presented to Jason Carroll, winner of the year’s Melges 32 World Championship and Viper 640 North American Championship. The Benjamin A. Acker Trophy, awarded to the Club’s top YRALIS performing one-design, also went to Viper 640 sailors, with Danny Pletsch and Cardwell Potts winning the honor aboard Viper 205 Blackout Proposal.
Race Committee stalwart Jack Regan was recognized for his years of service with the Frederick W. Martens, Jr. Memorial Trophy.
In recognition of his long-time service to LYC, most recently as chairman of the Yachting Committee, Hans Oen was awarded the Alex Gest Memorial Trophy. The Frederick W. Martens, Jr. Memorial Trophy, recognizing extraordinary services to the Club, was presented to long-time Race Committee member Jack Regan. To view all committee reports from the 2013 Annual Meeting, click here. Photos from the Annual Meeting.
Yachting Committee chairman Hans Oen received the Alex Gest Memorial Trophy.
Cynthia Parthemos Receives
Donald B. King Award
November 3, 2013
Oyster Bay, NY
Cynthia Parthemos receiving the Donald B. King Award from ISPCRY member and Stamford YC Race Committee chair Ray Redniss
The 72nd Annual meeting and luncheon of the The International Society for the Perpetuation of Cruelty to Racing Yachtsmen, a/k/a “The Mooseheads”, was held at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club on Sunday November 3. While the LYC Race Committee returned home “Mooseless”, LYC Trustee and former Regatta Committee Chair Cynthia Parthemos received the Donald B. King Award for “individual excellence and dedication.” The Donald B. King Award is one of only two “good “awards given at the Moosehead Luncheon, and is named for former LYC Regatta Committee Chair Donald B. King (1962-73). The last LYC member to receive this prestigious recognition was Charlie “Butch” Ulmer in 2008. Congratulations Cynthia!
Vanguard 15 Fleet Celebrates 2013 Season
October 25, 2013
Fleet stalwart Steve Streit and crew Leigh Fogwell won their first ever season championship after several near misses in prior years.
The 2013 LYC Vanguard 15 season is now in the books and it was another highly successful summer out on the water. Weather conditions cooperated all season long, which allowed for the fleet to not miss a single Sunday of racing during the year due to inclement conditions. The race committee was able to run 70 races over the 16 days, with 38 different skippers coming out to enjoy the racing. READ MORE.
Rich duMoulin Wins LYC
Match Racing Championship
Oct. 19-20, 2013
LYC teams enjoyed excellent weather on Sunday in evenly
matched 52-footers at the Club Match Race Championship.
Photo by Maureen Koeppel
Rich duMoulin defeated three other teams to win LYC’s second annual Match Racing Championship. duMoulin bested teams led by Carl Olsson, Danny Pletsch, and Dan Ronan in evenly matched 52’ sloops over two full round robins to win the title. READ MORE
Strong Winds Test Record
Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta Turnout
October 12-13, 2013
Dueling LYC J/105s at the 2013 Intercollegiate Regatta: Harald Edegran’s Conundrum (sailed by the European Business School) leads Carl Olsson’s alma mater Bowdoin College around the windward mark. Photo courtesy Howie McMichael
Nearly 450 college sailors gathered for the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta (IOR) organized by the Storm Trysail Foundation, Storm Trysail Club and Larchmont Yacht Club over Columbus Day weekend. Sailed in 54 borrowed offshore boats, the IOR is the largest collegiate regatta in North America. The fleet was made up of 11 J/105s, 15 J/109s, five J/44s, and two 10-boat handicap divisions. A separate race course held a five-team match racing series in Swedish Match 40s borrowed from the Oakcliff Sailing Center. As a result of a stationary low, strong northeast winds blew for three days before the regatta as well as for the two days of racing, making conditions extreme – even for experienced Long Island Sound racers. After two races were sailed on Saturday in winds blowing from 22-30 with higher gusts, the race committee sent the dwindling fleet back to the harbor in hopes of more benign conditions the next day. But on Sunday the low pressure system still refused to budge and conditions remained the same. READ MORE
LYC Team Wins Viper 640 North American Championship
October 8-12, 2013
From left to right: Chad Corning, Danny Pletsch and Jason Carroll with the Viper 640 North American Championship trophy
LYC members Jason Carroll, Chad Corning and Danny Pletsch aboard Argo won five of 12 races to take the Viper 640 North American Championship by 15 points. Argo trailed after Day 1 of competition sailed out of Houston Yacht Club on Galveston Bay, but never looked back after winning the third race on Thursday. Competition was tight throughout in the 29-boat fleet, with teams swapping spots on the leaderboard daily, and the other podium spots not decided until the final race. The win is Carroll’s first at Viper North Americans, to go along with his 2012 Viper Atlantic Coast Championship title and wins at the 2011 and 2012 HPDO. LYC members Jay Rhame, Peter & Rachel Beardsley and Rachel Daugherty placed ninth overall, winning the windiest race of the regatta by nearly half a leg. LYC will host the Viper North American Championship in October 2015. Results and photos.
Rhame/Beardsley leading the pack en route to a race win
Thursday afternoon. Photo by John Lacy
LYC Sailors Take Podium Spots at HPDO
Oct. 12-13, 2013
Ted Ferrarone enjoyed the big breeze at the 2013 HPDO.
Photo courtesy photoboat.com
LYC sailors in the Viper 640 and 505 class took home podium spots at the High Performance Dinghy Open, hosted by American YC. The 2013 edition of the regatta featured an 18-25 knot easterly both days with gusts into the low 30s, resulting in big waves, wild conditions, broken gear, and a number of sailors staying ashore. Six LYC Vipers competed in the event’s largest class, led by 2011 local fleet champion Peter Bauer and his team aboard Wild Hogs, placing third in the 29-boat division. Bob Matthews finished fourth, and Andrew Weiss and Byron LaMotte finished fifth. Ted Ferrarone with crew Simon Gerson placed third in the 505 division. Results and photos.
Wild Hogs saw speeds over 16 knots on Saturday of the HPDO.
Photo courtesy photoboat.com
Danny Pletsch and Ted Ferrarone Capture First Annual LYC Championship of Champions
October 5, 2013
LYC’s Yachting Committee initiated a new event that hopes to become a staple on the LYC fall sailing calendar – the Club Championship of Champions. The season winner (or runner up) from each of LYC’s nine fleets faced off in evenly matched Ideal 18s for a day of highly competitive fleet racing. Light air threatened to delay the start, but the Race Committee managed to run eight races in decidedly challenging conditions. Shifty breeze and strong current resulted in a lot of inconsistent finishes, but Danny Pletsch, leader of the Viper 640 season standings, with crew Ted Ferrarone, dominated the day to capture the first ever title. Steve Streit from the Vanguard 15 fleet with crew Mike O'Connor finished a clear second and David Dowd from the Interclub fleet, sailing with Samantha Barnes finished in third place just ahead of Teresa Laughlin with crew Roland Schulz. RESULTS.
Jason Carroll’s Argo Wins 2013
Melges 32 World Championship
September 18-22, 2013
Porto Rotundo, Italy
Argo blasting downwind en route to the Melges 32 World title.
Photo courtesy Melges 32 Class Association / Max Ranchi
Jason Carroll and his Argo team sailed a ruthlessly consistent regatta to claim the 2013 Melges 32 world title. After being among the favorites in 2011 and 2012, Carroll and team put all the pieces together this year with all top 10 finishes in the nine-race series to win their first ever world championship in the class by 14 points.
LYC finishes an Impressive 2nd at the 2013 NYYC Invitational Cup
Sept. 7-14, 2013
LYC sets the leader’s golden spinnaker on Day 2 of the
Invitational Cup. Copyright: NYYC/Jan Harley
LYC sent some of its fastest sailors to Newport to compete at the New York YC Invitational Cup, one of the most competitive amateur keelboat fleet race regattas in the world. Held biennially in evenly matched Swan 42s, the Invitational Cup features close racing amongst 20 teams from 16 countries. After sitting in first place for 3 of 5 days of the competition, Team LYC ended up in second place just behind the Royal Canadian. For more about Team LYC and daily regatta reports, READ MORE.
LYC Sailors Race, Raise Funds for
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Sept. 7-8, 2013
The J/105 fleet crossed paths with the S-Boats several times at
the Leukemia Cup. Photo by Howie McMichael
Over 130 boats descended on Larchmont Yacht Club for the 2013 Leukemia Cup Regatta. Unlike 2012, the weather cooperated for both days of the regatta, giving adults and juniors the chance to “race for a cure” and raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Saturday saw a steady WSW breeze around 10-12 knots, with bigger boats on a short distance race, and keelboat one designs racing around the buoys. Saturday's racing was capped off with the LCR Gala on Saturday night where sailors and non-sailors alike rocked out to LYC's Tom Nelson and his band. The Gala featured a silent auction with over 50 packages and live auction MC'd by LYC's favorite auctioneer, Nick Langone. The two auctions raised over $20,000 alone. On Sunday, the junior sailors raised Optimists and 420s in a gusty northerly, and wrapped up their day with hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and a chance auction at the LCR junior party. Sailing awards and fundraising awards were handed out with William MacDonald, LYC's Eliza Crocker and Alexa Shea being this year's top junior fundraisers. Sailors continue to raise funds, and LYC is well on its way to reaching the goal of $150,000 raised in 2013. Results. Donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Top junior fundraiser Eliza Crocker works her Opti on a blustery
Sunday at the Leukemia Cup. Photo by Maureen Koeppel