2009 Archived Stories


LYC Members Take Home Silver at YRALIS Annual Awards; John Mendez Awarded

Ned Anderson Achievement Award

December 6, 2009
Larchmont, NY

Commodore John Mendez (right) receiving the Ned Anderson Achievement Award from YRALIS president Robert Kendrick.

Photo by Andrea Watson.


LYC members represented the Club well at all facets of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound’s annual awards dinner, highlighted by Commodore John Mendez winning the YRALIS’s highest honor, the Ned Anderson Achievement Award, Thomas Carroll’s J/133 SirenSong winning the Caper Trophy for best overall IRC performance and Com Crocker and Dual Macintyre’s Shields Rascal winning the Russell Nall Trophy for best overall one design performance.  READ MORE.


LYC Juniors Compete at Bermuda

Optimist Nationals

November 28-29, 2009

Paget, Bermuda


    Chrissie Klingler surfs downwind in big waves on Saturday. 

    Photo by Sue Stan


Four LYC Optimist sailors traveled to Bermuda for the island nation’s Optimist Open and National Championship, hosted by the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club.  Only one race was completed on Saturday after 20-25 knot winds increased to 30-35 knots by the finish.  Sunday’s racing was held in the Great Sound in 8-12 knot breezes, allowing for six additional races.  Reinier Eenkema van Dijk finished third overall in the 32-boat fleet.  Elizabeth Hansen finished 16th, and Chrissie Klingler finished 18th.  Eric Hansen finished sixth in the Green Fleet.  For complete results, please visit the

event website.

Winter Sailing Season Off to a Strong Start

November 15, 2009

Larchmont, NY

    Tight fleets and crowded starting lines were the norm

    on November 8.  Photo by Howie McMichael


 The 76th season of winter sailing at LYC is off to a strong start with a talented, diverse fleet taking to the water in Interclub dinghies.  Each division (A, B, and C fleets) has seen a different daily winner for the first three weeks.  Over 20 boats have been on the starting line each day.  READ MORE.

Kerry Klingler’s Lifted Wins 2009 J/80

North American Championship

October 21-25, 2009
Seabrook, TX

   Klingler and team beat to windward en route to winning

   the J/80 North Americans


Kerry Klingler continued his excellent run in the J/80 class by claiming the 2009 North American Championship hosted by the Lakewood Yacht Club on Galveston Bay in Texas. Klingler did not count a race outside of the top 5 and led the regatta from start to finish. The title is the former world champion’s third J/80 North American Championship in the past four years, and fourth overall.



Vanguard 15 Fleet Concludes

Successful Season

October 23, 2009

Larchmont, NY

LYC’s Vanguard 15 fleet is the largest Vanguard 15 fleet in the country and the largest one design fleet at LYC.  The 2009 season saw 75 skippers and 120 crews on the starting line for 83 races over 18 fleet racing Sundays, without losing a single day due to lack of breeze.  LYC’s three Vanguard 15 regattas saw record attendance as well.  The fleet, which is known for its high levels of competition and camaraderie, celebrated the end of the season at its annual party.  Jay Rhame, with crews Katie Murphy and Blake Deboer, edged out summer sailing members Matt Barry and Pete Deming to win the season championship.  READ MORE.


    Fleet captain Peter Beardsley (far right) presents the season  
    championship trophy to Jay Rhame (second from right) and his
    crews Blake Deboer and Katie Murphy



LYC Wins YRALIS Team Racing Championship

October 17, 2009
Larchmont, NY

   Team LYC blocks Pequot YC at a windward mark rounding.

   Photo by Jim Fleming.


LYC's varsity and masters team racing squads teamed up to defend the Glencairn Trophy, the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound's interclub team race championship, and won the overall trophy for the third time in four years. This is the fourth year Larchmont Yacht Club has hosted this important team racing event. In previous years, the regatta was sailed inside the breakwater. This year, however, with a Nor'easter forecast, the LYC's marine facilities team helped clear the mooring field to allow the regatta to be sailed in front of the clubhouse. There were three races going on at once on the digital N course, teams rotating off the Vanguard dock and PRO Paul Lennon's Race Committee working like a fine machine to run 48 races in just over four hours. READ MORE

LYC Optimist Sailors Brave Cold at USODA Midwest Championship, Qualify for Spring International Teams

October 9-12, 2009

Milwaukee, WI

   Harry Koeppel (orange hat) stays warm on the offset leg of

   the USODA Midwest Championship in Milwaukee.


Seven LYC Optimist sailors traveled to Lake Michigan to compete against 148 competitors in the USODA Midwest Championship.  A large cold front brought freezing temperatures to Wisconsin, and sailors on Day 2 had to chip ice out of their boats and pour hot water on frozen mainsheets in order to rig.  The erratic weather, which also included breeze from 0 to 25 knots, 40-degree wind shifts and challenging seas, led to inconsistent finishes in the seven-race series. 



LYC Teams with Storm Trysail Foundation

to Host Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta

October 9-10, 2009
Larchmont, NY

    The University of Rhode Island leads Rich Du Moulin's Lora Ann

    down the run.  Photo courtesy photoboat.com 


LYC teamed with the Storm Trysail Foundation for the ninth consecutive year to host the Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. The event is unique in collegiate sailing, where teams are given the keys to borrowed keelboats over Columbus Day weekend as a break from the dinghy sailing that dominates their seasons.   READ MORE.


LYC Juniors Place Well at Club 420

Mid Atlantic Championship

October 9-10, 2009
Sayville, NY

   Andrew Mollerus and Charlie Peck plane across the finish line

   to win Race 1.    Photo by Paul Macmenamin


LYC's Markus Edegran with crew Teddy Mark placed second overall at the Club 420 Mid Atlantic Championship at Sayville YC on the Great South Bay. Andrew Mollerus, with crew Charlie Peck, finished fourth in the 36-boat fleet. Saturday's racing was in windy conditions, building to 18-22 knots. Sunday was a sunnier day with more moderate breezes. Abigail Rohman and Laura Lubben placed 21st. Results and photos.

Amanda Taselaar Finishes Seventh at

Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship

October 7-10, 2009
Rochester, NY

   Amanda Taselaar (bow 27) with sister Claudia on bow roll into a

   gybe ahead of the fleet.    Photo by Dan Nerney


LYC's Amanda Taselaar finished seventh overall at the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship held at Rochester YC in J/22s. Amanda, a high school senior and competitive dinghy sailor, was the highest placed junior skipper at the event, which is regarded as one of the most competitive women's keelboat regattas in the world. Amanda's team included sister Claudia on the bow, Elizabeth Kratzig and Elisabeth Emory. The championship was won by Olympic gold medallist Anna Tunnicliffe and team. Complete results and photos are available on the event website.

High Pressure System Dooms Optimist Atlantic Coast Championship

October 3-4, 2009
Larchmont, NY

   All rigged up but no place to go: a lack of wind stymied competitors 

   at 2009 Opti ACCs. Photo by Maureen Koeppel


275 of the country’s top Optimist sailors traveled to LYC to compete for the 2009 Atlantic Coast Championship. Unfortunately, a large high pressure system that settled over much of the northeastern United States prevented racing for all but the Green Fleet.


Pieter Taselaar’s Bliksem Wins 2009

Melges 32 World Championship

September 23-27, 2009

Porto Cervo, Italy 

   Bliksem’s crew (with Taselaar in the middle) accepting their trophy

   haul after winning the inaugural Melges 32 World Championship.

   Photo by Molly Baxter


Pieter Taselaar’s Bliksem won the ultra-competitive 2009 Melges 32 World Championship held at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Italy September 23-27.  After taking an early lead in the regatta, LYC-member Taselaar never looked back and wrapped up the championship with a race to spare.  Jason Carroll’s Argo, with many other LYC members aboard, also had a strong event, claiming the fifth and final podium spot with a string of strong finishes at the end of the event. READ MORE

   Photo by Max Ranchi



LYC Sailors Compete for U.S. Team Race


September 25-27, 2009
Marion, MA

LYC sailors composed parts of three teams at the 2009 Hinman Trophy, U.S. Sailing’s team race national championship, held September 25-27, 2009 at Beverly YC. This year’s event was marked by high winds and a changing of the guard in the team race hierarchy, as the three-time defending champions were dethroned and perennial contender Team LYC slipped to the bronze fleet after suffering injuries on Day 1 of the regatta. LYC sailors Sean and Susan Doyle, competing as part of Team Tall Boyz, sailed fast all weekend to finish third overall. READ MORE.

   Sean and Susan Doyle (far right) and the rest of the Tall Boyz receive

   their bronze medals for finishing third overall at the 2009 Hinman.


H.L. DeVore and Mermaid Win 2009

Shields National Championship

September 16-19, 2009
Chicago, IL

   Mermaid (231) leads Rascal (23) down the run into the

   Chicago skyline.   Photo by Karen Martin, K2SAILS.COM


H.L. DeVore and his team aboard Shields 231, Mermaid, won the 2009 Shields National Championship at Chicago YC. DeVore scored five top 3 finishes in the seven race series to take the title by one point over Kevin Teborek from the host club. Com Crocker and Dual Macintyre also represented Fleet 1 well, finishing sixth overall aboard Shields 23, Rascal, in the 18-boat fleet. READ MORE.

Ted Ferrarone Competes at 5o5

World Championship

August 23-29, 2009
San Francisco, CA

   Ted Ferrarone and Doug McKeige (sail 8919) blast downwind at

   the 2009 505 World Championship


LYC’s Ted Ferrarone with crew Doug McKeige contested the 2009 5o5 World Championships in San Francisco on August 23-29. The Worlds were marked by typical August San Francisco Bay conditions with winds well over 20 knots that tested teams and equipment alike. Ted and Doug broke their mast on the first day and missed two races, but rebounded to finish 41st overall in an extremely competitive 97-boat fleet, mixing it up with the top 10 in the latter half of the event. We caught up with Ted to find out what it takes to compete in one of the world’s toughest and most enduring performance dinghy classes. READ MORE.

LYC Places Third at NYYC

Vanguard 15 Team Race

August 22-23, 2009
Newport, RI

Team LYC placed third out of 20 teams at the annual New York YC Vanguard 15 Team Race Regatta. The regatta, which is one of the most competitive team races of the year, served as a warmup for the upcoming U.S. Sailing Team Race Championship, the Hinman Trophy, to be held at Beverly YC in Massachusetts September 25-27. READ MORE.

LYC Opti Sailors Excel at CORK

August 19-22, 2009

Kingston, Ontario 

Drew Gallagher powers upwind in the Lake Ontario chop

Three of LYC’s top Optimist sailors placed in the top five overall at the 2009 CORK International Regatta on Lake Ontario.  Drew Gallagher finished second overall out of 72 sailors, with teammates Harry Koeppel in fourth and Reinier Eenkema van Dijk in fifth.  Gallagher won three of the 12 races and kept all but two of his finishes in the top ten in the 12-race series.  Results.   

LYC Optimist Sailors Continue Excellent Summer

August 4-6 and August 14-15, 2009
Newport, RI and Southport, CT

LYC’s Optimist sailors continued their streak of fast sailing, placing three sailors in the top 11 out of 323 boats at the USODA New England Championships, and two sailors in the top five at the JSA Optimist Championships, with Reinier Eenkema van Dijk winning the title.   READ MORE

LYC Sailors Battle at

Buzzards Bay Regatta

August 7-9, 2009
New Bedford, MA

LYC sailors competed in a variety of classes at the 2009 Buzzards Bay Regatta, hosted by New Bedford YC, with Kerry Klingler winning the J/80 division and summer sailing member David Meleney and Elizabeth Hawkins placing third in the Vanguard 15 class.   READ MORE

LYC Finishes Close Second in Prestigious Morgan Cup Team Race

August 7-9, 2009
Newport, RI

LYC’s team-race team finished a close second to NYYC in the 2009 Morgan Cup at NYYC’s Newport venue August 7-9, 2009. LYC led the eight-team field with a 10-4 record after the initial double round robin, just ahead of NYYC 1, a second NYYC team and Seawanhaka which were tied with 9-5 records. READ MORE

   Team LYC at the 2009 Morgan Cup (from left to right): Cardwell Potts,

   Jennifer Watkins, Lindsey Gibbons-Neff, Marc Glennon, Blaine

   Pedlow, John Baxter, Molly Baxter, Nick Ewenson, Matt Lindblad,

   Danny Pletsch, Meredith Nordhem, Corky Potts


420 Sailors Excel at National Regattas

July 27-29, 2009
Jamestown, RI

LYC’s junior sailors have been traveling the country this summer and excelling in several national 420 regattas, highlighted by Markus Edegran and Teddy Mark finishing second overall at Club 420 Nationals and Andrew Mollerus and Charlie Peck finishing ninth overall, out of 152 teams.   READ MORE


Jon Singsen Places Second at Grade 3

Match Racing Regatta

July 23-25, 2009
Chicago, IL

Jon Singsen placed second out of twelve skippers at the Chicago Match Race Center’s July Grade 3 invitational regatta. Singsen and his team started the event slowly, grinding back from last place after Friday’s racing to qualify for the Final Four on Saturday. Singsen won his semifinal match to advance to the finals against Taylor Canfield of the US Virgin Islands. The finals were marked by aggressive racing, with multiple penalty flags and races decided by only a few seconds. Canfield’s team ultimately prevailed in each of the three races in the finals. For photos, videos and results, please visit the event website.

   Jon Singsen attempts to pass Taylor Canfield to windward

   during the finals


LYC Optimist Sailors Compete at National and International Regattas

July 18-26, 2009
San Pedro, CA

LYC sent a strong contingent of 10 juniors to compete in the U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association national championship at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club in San Pedro, California, with four sailors placing in the top 30 overall, highlighted by Drew Gallagher finishing eighth overall in the 171-boat fleet.   READ MORE

   Harry Koeppel manages the California swells at

   Optimist Nationals


Wind Gods Smile on Race Week 2009

July 11-19, 2009

Larchmont, NY

2009 was one of the best Race Weeks in recent memory, as consistent breezes made for excellent sailing in the one design, big boat and junior fleets.  Jed Kelly's Race Committee did a superb job all week and made the most of the conditions. Things went just as well ashore as the famous Race Week social functions proved as popular and well run as ever.  Overall, 635 boats and over 1200 sailors competed over the course of eight days.  READ MORE

      Shields Fleet Downwind

    Photo by Maureen Koeppel


Larchmont Melges 32s Shine in Cagliari, Italy

July 17-19, 2009

Cagliari, Italy


Two LYC boats, Pieter Taselaar’s Bliksem and Jason Carroll’s Argo, placed first and third respectively in a talented 23-boat fleet at the Melges 32 circuit regatta held in Cagliari, Italy, on the island of Sardinia, July 17-19.  READ MORE.


    Argo and Bliksem crews hike hard in Race 1.


Sailing World Profiles LYC Member

Jack Sutphen

July 2, 2009

Newport, RI 

   At age 91, Jack Sutphen is still at the front of the fleet in Pacific

   Class   regattas.  Photo courtesy of SailingWorld.com and Herb



Sailing World magazine profiled long time LYC member Jack Sutphen in its July 2 eNewsletter.  The article recaps Sutphen’s career, ranging from junior sailing days at LYC through LYC Interclub frostbiting and into his participation in nine America’s Cup campaigns, culminating in his induction into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame in 2005.  Sutphen was elected to LYC Honorary Membership in 1998.  For more on Jack Sutphen, please visit the Sailing World website


LYC Junior Sailors Compete at

U.S. Youth Championship

June 25-30, 2009
Greenwich, CT

   Clear air was hard to find in the competitive Club 420 division

   at the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship.


Three of LYC’s best junior sailors competed in the 2009 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship at Indian Harbor YC in Greenwich, CT. Markus Edegran (with crew Teddy Mark) and Andrew Mollerus (with crew Charlie Peck) skippered teams in the Club 420 division while Rebecca Liggins crewed for Chanel Miller of Lauderdale YC (Florida), also in Club 420s. In addition, Mark is a former member of the LYC junior program.   READ MORE.

LYC Sailors Take Podium Spots at

Vanguard 15 New England Championship

June 27-28, 2009
Westport, CT

   Danny Pletsch and Emily Whipple receiving their first place

   trophies at New Englands.


Seven teams from LYC traveled up I-95 to compete at the 2009 Vanguard 15 New England Championship at Cedar Point YC. LYC teams won three of the five trophies, led by Danny Pletsch and Emily Whipple’s win by one point. Sean and Susan Doyle finished third, and summer sailing member David Meleney and crew Elizabeth Hawkins finished fourth.  READ MORE.

Maudelayne Wins Riverside YC

Stratford Shoal Race

June 27, 2009

Riverside, CT


Bud and Betsy Heerde’s X-34 Maudelayne won the seven-boat IRC division of the 79th Riverside YC Stratford Shoal race on June 27, 2009.  Maudelayne’s crew included LYC Member John Lyons and his daughter Katie, a LYC Junior Member.   LYC Member Ed Colloton sailed in the PHRF double-handed division in his J/100 Outward Bound

39 yachts competed in seven divisions.  The course for the IRC division was a total of 45 miles, starting off Greenwich, sailing east around Stratford Shoal lighthouse, and returning to Greenwich. 


Larchmonters Shine at Block Island

Race Week XXIII

June 22-26, 2009

Block Island, RI

   Start of IRC 35 Class, Lora Ann mid-line, Troubador at the pin. 

   Photo by Dan Nerney


 Storm Trysail Club’s XXIII Block Island Race Week, presented by Rolex, was a great success despite fears that the economy might reduce entries.  The fleet of 153 boats and 1500 sailors ranged from one design and PHRF boats to high-end IRC racers. LYC has a long tradition at Race Week.  The Storm Trysail Club’s Race Week founders were also LYC members, including Paul Hoffmann, Arthur Wullschleger and Vincent Monte-Sano.  This year Larchmont was represented by Carl Olsson’s J/105 Morning Glory, Roger Widmann’s Club Swan 42 Quintessence, Bill Baxter’s Abbott 33 Pirate, and Rich du Moulin’s Express 37 Lora Ann.    



LYC Women Compete at The

Commodore Mendez Trophy

June 20, 2009

Larchmont, NY

   Kate Manion and Teresa Laughlin receive their first place trophies

   from Commodore Mendez and PRO Paul Lennon.

What started out as a dull and gloomy day developed into a very pleasant afternoon of racing for The Commodore Mendez Trophy regatta. This trophy is awarded annually to the winning skipper and crew in the Club’s Women’s Invitational Regatta.  READ MORE.

Com Crocker and Dual Macintyre Win 2009 Shields District Championship

June 20-21, 2009

Larchmont NY

   Photo by Maureen Koeppel


A solid 14 boat fleet came to out to contest the 2009 Shields District One Championship. Winning 3 of the four races and the event overall were Com Crocker and Dual Macintyre on Rascal. A tie-breaker was necessary for the balance of the podium with Mike Carr’s Corneila besting Doug Campbell, Greg Takata and Fred Wertheim’s Katherine by winning the final race of the series. Fred Werblow’s Checkmate also tied for second on points but ended the regatta fourth after the tie-breaker.

Conditions looked bleak for day one of the series with light fog and even lighter air. But the wind finally filled from the south to provide two good light-air races. Sunday was a different story as the breeze solidly filled from the north providing for tactically challenging and close racing for the final two heats of the regatta.   Results.

Siren Song Scores Top Finish

in Annapolis-Newport Race

June 5-8, 2009

Annapolis, MD – Newport, RI

    Siren Song Rips out of the Chesapeake Bay.


Tom Carroll’s J-133 Siren Song placed second in IRC class 1 and second overall in the 2009 Annapolis-Newport Race. After an extremely fast run under spinnaker out of the Chesapeake Bay, the fleet slowly sailed into a stalled front that brought light winds and rain for the remainder of the race. Though George David’s R/P 90 Rambler built up an unassailable handicap lead in the early stages of the race, Carroll and his team beat the balance of a deep and talented fleet – correcting out on the larger R/P 45 Sjambok by just a few minutes after four days of sailing. Peter Bauer’s Bonzer was having a great race as well in the PHRF fleet but was forced to retire after making extremely slow progress up the coast. Full results can be found at www.annapolisyc.org.


LYC Co-Hosts Regatta for Disabled Sailors; Vice Commodore Olsson Finishes Third

June 6-7, 2009
Rye, NY

Larchmont YC co-hosted the first annual Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta, sailed June 6-7 at co-host American YC. Twenty teams of disabled sailors and two teams of blind sailors competed. The sailors came from fourteen states, the District of Columbia and Canada. LYC’s support of this event is part of the club’s substantial initiative to promote events for sailors with disabilities.

    Competitors line up for a light air start at the first annual

    Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta.



Pieter Taselaar’s Bliksem Dominates Italian Melges 32 Regatta

June 5-7, 2009

Scarlino, Italy

   Photo by Carlo Borlenghi


Pieter Taselaar’s Bliksem schooled a talented international 19-boat fleet to take the Melges 32 event in Scarlino Italy held June 5-7. Building on Bliksem’s win at the 2009 Acura Miami Grand Prix, Taselaar and crew led every day of the 3- day event, which featured medium to heavy conditions. Bliksem will race again in Cagliari, Italy July 15-17 where she will be joined by another LYC Melges 32, Jason Carroll’s Argo. Both teams will also contest the Melges 32 World Championships to be held in Porto Cervo, Italy in September 2009.


LYC Sailors Compete at ICSA National Championships

May 25-June 3, 2009
San Francisco, CA

   Georgetown skipper Nik Holtan with crew Carly Chamberlain go

   for boat speed at the ICSA Team Race Nationals.

   Photo by Glennon Stratton

Two former LYC junior sailors and three current LYC junior sailing instructors competed at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Spring National Championships. Lily Beck, a senior at Boston College helped her team to a third-place finish at the ICSA Women’s Nationals and senior Nik Holtan and his Georgetown team finished third at ICSA Team Race Nationals.  READ MORE.

LYC Big Boats Excel in 2009 Block Island Race

May 22-24, 2009
Stamford, CT

   Sweet Lorraine after the start

LYC’s offshore success continued in the 2009 Storm Trysail Block Island Race with three of the four LYC entrants ending up on the podium. Lora Ann won the IRC 35 division and finished second overall in IRC and Sweet Lorraine won the IRC 50 division. Mother Nature was very cooperative as a great southerly propelled the fleet out of the Sound and, after a light transitional period, dealt the fleet a hard easterly for an exhilarating downwind ride home.  READ MORE.

2009 Memorial Day Regatta

May 23 -24, 2009

Larchmont, NY

   Photo by Maureen Koeppel

This was a great way to kick off the start of the One-Design season at LYC. Saturday brought us breezes that we dream about and pray for all summer – 15 knots steady with gusts to 20, coming in from the East at 075 degrees. So we had some deep rock-and-roll to add to the pleasure. Sunday morning we awoke to fog and a breeze of “minus 2” but about a half hour before the start a nice southerly filled in and kept us cheerful for the entire afternoon. We completed four races for the regulars, and five for the 5o5s.  READ MORE.

LYC’s SirenSong and Lora Ann

Take Top Honors at The Edlu

May 9, 2009
Larchmont, NY

39 yachts participated in LYC’s 54th Annual Edlu distance race. The event was a 32-mile race with a starting line south of the Larchmont breakwater, going around Gong “11B” off Eaton’s Neck and returning to Larchmont.

   Commodore Jan Smeets and George Parthemos calling the pin

   by compass. Photo by Howie McMichael

The conditions at the start were a light easterly with very dense fog. For many yachts, just finding the starting line was a navigational challenge. One yacht radioed the Race Committee, “We don’t know where the heck we are, but we’re checking in.” The Race Committee was asked to repeat the coordinates of the committee boat's position many times. For the first few hours of the race, visibility was no more than 100 yards.


LYC Juniors Qualify for Optimist National and Development Teams

May 3, 2009
Darien, CT

   The 2009 Optimist Team Trials featured light air and

   competitive racing.

After a hard winter and spring of practice, eight LJYC sailors competed at the 2009 Optimist National Team Trials at Noroton YC, which featured 210 of the country’s best Optimist sailors competing in 12 predominantly light air races over 4 days. Sailors at the Team Trials can qualify for the national team and the right to represent the United States in regattas such as the World Championship and the European Championship. READ MORE.

LYC Places Second at 2009 Wilson Trophy

May 2, 2009
West Kirby Sailing Club, England

   Team LYC (blue sails) Battles West Kirby in the 2009 Wilson

   Trophy finals.

Team Larchmont Yacht Club placed second at the 2009 Wilson Trophy, also known as the British Open Team Racing Championship and “The Wimbledon of Sailing.” The LYC team, who were also runners up at the 2008 event, featured Danny Pletsch and Cardwell “Flea” Potts, with 2008 Olympians Tim Wadlow and Carrie Howe and former All American crews Ery Largay and Dani Neri.


LYC Junior Sailors Selected to Compete at U.S. Youth Sailing Championship

May 1, 2009
Newport, RI

The United States Sailing Association selected three LYC junior sailors to compete at the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, to be held June 25-30, 2009 at Indian Harbor YC in Greenwich, Connecticut. Andrew Mollerus (with crew Charlie Peck) and Markus Edegran (with crew Teddy Mark) will skipper teams in the Club 420 division while Rebecca Liggins will crew for Chanel Miller of Lauderdale YC, also in Club 420s. Teams are selected to compete at the Youth Championship based on sailing resumes. Mollerus and Edegran both competed in the ISAF Youth World Qualifier in California in January. For more information about the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, please visit the event website.

LYC's Lily Beck Named to NEISA

All-Women's Team

April 26, 2009
Burlington, VT

Former LYC junior sailor Lily Beck, a senior at Boston College, was named to the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association All-Women's Team. Beck, along with her skipper, senior Martha Pitt, received all-district recognition for the second time while leading Boston College to a berth at the ICSA Women's National Championship, to be held May 25-27, 2009 at St. Francis YC in San Francisco. Boston College won the 2008 ICSA Women's National Championship.

2008 LJYC instructor Emily Lambert, a freshman at Harvard University, was one of only two freshmen selected to the All-Women's Team, receiving second-team recognition. Lambert will return to coach LYC juniors in 2009.

Lily Beck, with skipper Martha Pitt, practicing roll tacks en route

to ICSA Women’s Nationals. Photo by Amory Ross

Danny Pletsch and Kari Sachs Win 2009 Interclub Nationals

April 18-19, 2009
Larchmont, NY

Danny Pletsch and Kari Sachs turned in a virtuoso performance to win the 2009 Interclub Nationals, presented by ACE Recreational Marine Insurance, by 49 points over two-time defending champions John and Molly Baxter. Conditions were picture perfect for the 14-race series with a warm, puffy westerly gusting to 18 knots on Saturday followed by a lighter, lumpier easterly on Sunday. A 55-boat fleet made this the largest Interclub Nationals since the regatta was last held at LYC in 2003.

Danny Pletsch and Kari Sachs (bow 50) looking for a place in line in

race 11 of the series.   Photo by Howie McMichael

Principal Race Officer Charlie Ulmer was all business and got the talented fleet off in a light southwester to start the regatta. Three-time national champion Steve Benjamin started with a bang, winning the first race while Pletsch/Sachs showed good early form coming a close second. The wind then abandoned the south and made a gradual right turn, finally settling in out of the WNW with some big puffs coming off the land. Positioning in the puffs was very challenging and most of the top teams found themselves caught on the wrong side of the course at least once. Pletsch/Sachs were one of the few teams to avoid this pitfall and rattled off four firsts and two seconds in eight races to take a commanding lead into the clubhouse after day one. READ MORE .

Danny Pletsch and Kari Sachs Ace

Stanley Bell Regatta

April 4-5, 2009
Larchmont, NY

LYC’s Danny Pletsch with crew Kari Sachs dominated racing at the 7th annual Stanley Bell Memorial Regatta sailed April 4-5. Fresh, puffy conditions on Saturday caused racing to be cancelled, turning the regatta into a one-day shootout on Sunday. Pletsch/Sachs came out with guns blazing, winning 4 of the 8 races to take the win over past national and season champion Steve Benjamin (sailing with Charlie McHugh).

Danny Pletsch and Kari Sachs (bow 50) blast upwind at the 2009

Stanley Bell ahead of John and Molly Baxter (bow 66).

Photo by Tom Spelman.

Pletsch/Sachs were the only team to keep all of their finishes in the top 10 in the competitive fleet. Winter member Paul-Jon Patin and his wife Anne rounded out the top three. LYC sailors dominated the B division podium as well with Michael Purinton and Anne-Marie Martin winning and Peter Beardsley/Dina Temple-Raston finishing third.  READ MORE.


LYC Distance Racers Become Buzzards

March 28, 2009
Stamford, CT

The Buzzards Society was formed in 2008 to celebrate sailors who have contested ten or more Vineyard Races as captain or crew. Reflecting our strong ocean racing heritage, LYC was very well represented at the March 28, 2009, dinner hosted by the Stamford Yacht Club.

LYC's newest "buzzards" at the 2009 induction ceremony.

Eleven members of LYC were inducted into the Society this year: Following their names is the number of Vineyard races in which they sailed: Binky Hoffmann (35), Rich DuMoulin (30), Bevin Koeppel (30), Butch Ulmer (30), Chad Corning (18), Terry Arndt (16)), Joe Fontanella (15), Bud Heerde (15), Carl Olsson (15), Jed Kelly (12) , and Nick Langone (10). In all, over 90 sailors made up the Class of 2009. READ MORE.

Bliksem Wins Melges 32 Class at

Miami Race Week

March 5-8, 2009
Miami, FL

Bliksem blasts upwind. Photo courtesy John Payne

LYC member Pieter Taselaar and his team aboard Bliksem blitzed the Melges 32 class at the Acura Miami Grand Prix. Bliksem won the first three races of the regatta and never looked back, placing in the top three in seven of the ten races, including four bullets, and never finished outside of the top eight overall in winning the 19-boat Melges 32 class by eight points. LYC member Jason Carroll’s Argo finished eighth overall with a team comprised of four other LYC members: Chad Corning, Dan Litchfield, John Baxter and Molly Baxter. Argo had three top three finishes during the event. LYC member Danny Pletsch also competed aboard the Melges 32 Shakedown.

For photos and complete results, please visit the event website.

Frostbiting with the Best

by Nick Langone

Chairman, LYC Winter Sailing

The Fall and Winter Series of the Winter Sailing season have ended and, as usual, the racing has been active, close and extremely competitive. The average number of IC Dinghies on the starting line every Sunday at 1:30PM is around twenty-five. However, what makes the racing so intense and exciting is the ability of the sailors.


Larchmont YC Team Wins Interclub

Midwinter Championship

January 24-25, 2009
Annapolis, MD

The winning team (left to right): John Baxter, Molly Baxter,

Danny Pletsch and Emily Whipple

John and Molly Baxter, Danny Pletsch and Emily Whipple successfully defended their title at the 2009 Interclub Midwinter Championship. Held annually at Severn Sailing Association, the IC Midwinters features “collegiate style” racing with an A Team and a B Team combining scores for the overall result. READ MORE.

Larchmont Junior Sailors Compete Successfully this Winter

Larchmont YC juniors competed actively this winter in several top regattas, traveling south and west, and qualified for a number of top-level national and international competitions.

Over Christmas break, several Larchmont juniors traveled to Miami to sail in the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club on Biscayne Bay. READ MORE .

Larchmont YC Teams Compete at

2009 Acura Key West Race Week

January 19-23, 2009
Key West, FL

Team Argo (left to right): Jason Carroll, John Baxter, Molly Baxter, Patrick Mauro, Chad Corning, Dan Litchfield, Brian Fox, Ben Bardwell

A colder than average Acura Key West Race Week did not slow down teams from Larchmont YC in 2009. Jason Carroll’s Melges 32 Argo, with Larchmont members John and Molly Baxter, Chad Corning and Dan Litchfield aboard, finished 7 of their 10 races in the top quarter of the competitive, international 20-boat fleet to place third overall in the Melges 32 class, one point out of second place. Carroll and crew finished third overall in fleet on both Tuesday and Thursday and first overall in fleet on Friday, thanks to a second and a third on the final day to clinch the podium finish.  READ MORE.

Larchmont YC Wins 2009 U.S. Team Race Association Midwinter Championship

January 3-5, 2009
Stuart, FL

Team Larchmont YC discusses strategy in between races

Team Larchmont YC won the U.S. Team Race Association Midwinter Championship, losing only two races in three days. Team Larchmont bested 2005 Hinman Trophy champions Team Trouble in the Finals of the 21-team event, which drew some of the country’s best young team racers. Competing for Team Larchmont YC were John and Molly Baxter, Danny Pletsch and Dani Neri and past Larchmont YC 420 instructor Nick Ewenson and Meredith Nordhem.

For complete results go to the websites US Sailing Center at Martin County and SailGroove for photos and videos of the racing.