2012 Archived Stories
LYC Juniors Finish Year at Orange Bowl
December 26-30, 2012
Coconut Grove, FL
Several LYC juniors spent Christmas in Florida racing at the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta. LYC sailors occupied two podium spots in the International 420 division: Henry Fernberger, crewing for Wade Waddell from Florida, finished second in the International 420 division, one spot ahead of Casey Klingler, with crew Fiona Walsh from American YC. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk finished eighth and Drew Gallagher finished tenth. In the 29er class, Matthew Mollerus, crewing for Duncan Williford of Florida, finished fourth. Ty Ingram with crew Drew Bailey finished ninth in the 74-boat Club 420 division, with Matt Kaplan and Nick Schlegel in 18th. Thomas Gallagher finished 21st in the full-rig Laser division, and Lizzie Kaplan finished 116th in the 250-boat Optimist division.
Jason Carroll Shortlisted for US Sailing
Rolex Yachtsman of the Year
December 19, 2012
Jason Carroll (center,
holding trophy) and the Argonauts with
Melges 32 U.S. national championship trophy
LYC member Jason Carroll was one of eight male sailors named as a finalist for US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. Carroll had a successful year in both the Melges 32 and Viper 640 classes, winning three major Melges 32 titles with his team aboard Argo, including the US National and European championships, and two Viper 640 events, including the Atlantic Coast Championship. A panel of noted sailing journalists will discuss the merits of each nominee and vote to determine US Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. US Sailing will announce the winners in January. The last LYC sailor to win the Yachtsman of the Year award was Bob Bavier in 1963. For the full press release and a list of each nominee’s accomplishments in 2012, please visit the US Sailing website.
Jason Carroll Wins Melges 32 Gold Cup
Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2012
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Argo blasts downwind in big seas off Fort Lauderdale at the 2012
Gold Cup. Photo by Joy Dunigan
Jason Carroll and his team aboard Argo concluded their successful 2012 season with a win at the Melges 32 Gold Cup, hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club. Carroll and team came from behind on the final day to take the title by four points. The 14-boat fleet had an international flair, with teams from Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, England and Russia, and the breeze cooperated with the travelers, frequently gusting into the 20s over the weekend. Carroll won his third Melges 32 title of 2012, a year in which he finished in the top four overall in five of the six major Melges 32 regattas. Results.
Carl Olsson Named US Sailing’s
Sailor of the Week
November 28, 2012
US Sailing named Past Commodore Carl Olsson its “Sailor of the Week” for the week of November 22-28, 2012. The organization, which is the national governing body for the sport of sailing, cited Olsson’s leadership at LYC, as well as his contributions to adaptive sailing and the Storm Trysail Foundation’s annual Intercollegiate Regatta hosted at LYC, which is now the largest college sailing regatta in the world. For the complete citation, please visit the US Sailing website.
LYC Juniors Take Top Two Spots at International 420 ACCs
November 17-18, 2012
Teams raced in the lee of the Bay Bridge during the 2012 I-420 ACCs
Casey Klingler with crew Fiona Walsh of American YC won the International 420 Atlantic Coast Championship, hosted by Annapolis YC. The duo finished first or second in each of the first five races, and never scored worse than an eighth in the 19-boat fleet. Reinier Eenkema van Dijk with crew Spencer McDonough of Indian Harbor YC finished eight points behind in second place. Henry Fernberger, crewing for Wade Waddell, finished fifth and Drew Gallagher with crew Finn Mundinger placed eighth. Results.
LYC Annual Meeting Marks Biennial
Changing of the Guard
November 17, 2012
From left to right: incoming Commodore Robert Snedeker, Rear
Commdoore William Blanchard, outgoing Commodore Carl Olsson
and Vice Commodore Timothy Porter
On the evening of November 17, the membership of the Larchmont Yacht Club gathered for its annual meeting. Selected committees read reports and the Club elected a new slate of officers, and awarded perpetual trophies to certain members for outstanding accomplishments. Commodore Carl Olsson was recognized for his outstanding leadership over the past two years as well as his long-term support of all things sailing at the Club. Robert Snedeker was elected as the new Commodore with Timothy Porter assuming the Vice Commodore role and former Club Secretary William Blanchard rising to Rear Commodore. READ MORE.
LYC Hosts U.S. Team Racing Championship, LYC Team Places Second
Oct. 19-21, 2012
Friday’s racing took place off the front docks of LYC while teams
stayed dry under the Club’s porch. Photo courtesy Peter Brauné
LYC hosted the U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy, one of US Sailing’s five major championships. Twelve of the top team racing teams from across the country and the UK competed in three on three team races in Vanguard 15s provided by LYC members, with 150 races over three days. Using US Sailing’s colored mainsails, the championship, known to most as “the Hinman” for the name of the trophy awarded to the winners, provided its own manner of fall colors and spectacle. Nearly every sailor on the racecourse was a former collegiate All American, and there were several Olympians and past winners of the national and world team racing championships in attendance. The Larchmont YC team placed second overall, its third podium finish in seven years at the Hinman, behind past champions NYYC Team Extreme. READ MORE.
LYC Hosts Inaugural Club Match Racing Championship
October 13-14, 2012
Racing in Sunday’s finals featured reefed mains, storm jibs and
close racing. Photo by Maureen Koeppel
Many of LYC’s top sailors came out to play aboard chartered 52-foot keelboats for the first-ever club match racing championship. The boats, commissioned by Dennis Conner in the early 1990s for America’s Cup training and exhibition, are now owned by Brewer Pilots Point Marina and were used the prior weekend at the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Intercollegiate Regatta. Five LYC teams participated in conditions that ranged from near drifting Saturday morning to strong fall breezes on Sunday with gusts over 25 knots.
The 2012 LYC match racing champions (from left): Andrew Young,
Com Crocker, skipper Dan Ronan, Ryan Malloy, Chad Corning, Josh
Reisberg, Ted Ferrarone, Andy Kaplan and Rob Fontanella.
Photo by Howie McMichael
LYC Teams With Storm Trysail Foundation to Host Annual Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta
October 6-7, 2012
The U.S. Naval Academy team, sailing past Commodore Jan
Smeets’ J/133 Bacchanal, received the Paul Hoffmann Trophy as
the overall winner of the 2012 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta
A record 425 college sailors from 38 schools racing 45 borrowed boats came together for the 2012 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, hosted by the Storm Trysail Foundation and LYC. With so many college sailors participating, the event has become the world’s largest college sailing regatta. Schools traveled from Canada, the Midwest, New England and the mid Atlantic states with the University of Wisconsin Madison travelling the farthest. For the first time, the regatta had a match racing division on a separate circle with on-the-water umpires. Results and press release.
Jason Carroll Wins 2012 High Performance Dinghy Open
October 6-7, 2012
LYC sailors Cam McKnight, Weston Friedman and crew Anne Corvi
enjoyed planing conditions on Viper 163 on Saturday.
LYC members Jason Carroll and Chad Corning, with crew Catherine Hamman and Caeli McGaunn, won the Viper 640 fleet at the 2012 HPDO, hosted by American YC. Carroll’s team was one of nine LYC Viper 640s competing in the 27-boat division, and won four of the six races. Summer sailing member Byron Lamotte placed fourth. Ted Ferrarone finished fifth out of 16 in the 505 class and Markus Edegran placed sixth out of 10 in the 49er division. Saturday saw great breeze from the southwest for much of the day before a cold front pulled the breeze hard right. The slow moving front allowed for two more races on Sunday before the wind disappeared. Results.
Winners of the 2012 HPDO (from left): Chad Corning, Catherine
Hamman, Caeli McGaunn and Jason Carroll
LYC Juniors Take Top Two Spots at Club 420 Mid Atlantic Championship
October 6-7, 2012
Brant Beach, NJ
Ingram and Thomas power upwind through the chop on Little
Egg Harbor Bay on Saturday.
LYC junior sailors placed first and second overall at the Club 420 Mid Atlantic Championship, hosted by Brant Beach YC. Saturday’s conditions were breezy, with gusts to 20 knots, followed by colder, lighter, shifty conditions on Sunday. LYC junior Reinier Eenkema van Dijk, with crew Spencer McDonough from Indian Harbor YC, jumped to a large lead in Saturday’s conditions with three firsts and a second, and held onto the lead on Sunday to win the title by 13 points over LYC junior Ty Ingram, with crew Forrest Thomas from Cedar Point YC. LYC junior Drew Gallagher, with crew Finn Mundinger from American YC, placed 18th in the 58-boat fleet. Results.
LYC Sailors Win Two Divisions at AYC
September 22-30, 2012
Morning Glory (white spinnaker) won race two in the J/105 class.
LYC teams won two divisions at the 2012 American YC Fall Regatta. Harald Edegran and Jeremy Henderson’s Conundrum won the largest class, the 21-boat J/105 division, winning three of the nine races to take the title by three points. Commodore Carl Olsson’s Morning Glory was seventh in the J/105 class. Andrew Weiss’s J/122 Christopher Dragon won the nine-boat IRC 3 division, winning six of the seven races. Mike Zupon’s Juggernaut was third in the J/80 class. Roger Widmann’s Quintessence, Kerry Klingler’s J/70 and Alex and Pamela Dubitsky’s Bernice also competed. Results.
Danny Pletsch and Lincoln White Win
Ideal 18 North American Championship
September 29-30, 2012
Pletsch (center left) and White (center right) won the 2012 Ideal 18
North American Championship
Danny Pletsch and LYC Waterfront Director Lincoln White came from behind to win the Ideal 18 North American Championship. Hosted by Indian Harbor YC, the regatta featured light airs and tight competition in the top pack, with the top three teams separating themselves from the 42-boat fleet. Pletsch and White trailed Brad Neuberth and Pace Ralli from Riverside YC with two races to go, but the LYC team’s fourth and second down the stretch bested the Riverside team’s eighth and seventh. Six other LYC teams competed in the largest ever Ideal 18 championship to date, with Matt Tym and Com Crocker finishing 12th, and Tom Ingram and Jody Lee finishing 13th. Results.
LYC Wins Glencairn Trophy For
Fifth Straight Year
September 22, 2012
September 22 was a beautiful day for team racing on Western
Long Island Sound
LYC successfully defended the Glencairn Trophy for the fifth straight year, winning the YRALIS Team Race Championship. LYC won the Varsity Division with an 8-1 record over the triple round robin. The LYC Masters team finished second in the battle for the Aileen Trophy, winning six of its nine matches, losing only to host Riverside YC. The overall Long Island Sound Team Race Championship for the Glencairn Trophy is awarded to the club with the best scores combining the Masters and Varsity divisions. LYC’s combined score of 14 wins bested Riverside YC by five wins, with Indian Harbor YC in third and New York YC in fourth. Results.
Team LYC with the 2012 Glencairn Trophy and the Bumble Bee
Trophy for winning the Varsity Division. Left to right: Senet Bischoff,
Elizabeth Hansen, Ned Roseberry, John Baxter, Rob Dailey, Andy
Kaplan, Dorsey Roseberry, Steve Leicht, Com Crocker, Teresa
Laughlin, Doug Lynn
Sailors Raise Money For Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
September 8-9, 2012
LYC hosted the second annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Westchester. The inaugural regatta was dedicated to the memory of former LYC Marine Facilities Director Scott Seaver, who was stricken by the blood disease at the age of 28 and died shortly before his 31st birthday. The 2012 edition of the regatta has raised over $133,000 and counting, even though the weather did not cooperate for the sailors. READ MORE.
A massive front moved over LYC on Saturday afternoon of the
Leukemia Cup, bringing 30-35 knot winds and driving rain.
LYC Sailors Place Well at Viper 640 North American Championship
September 6-9, 2012
Pieter Taselaar and team won the 2012 Viper 640 North American
Championship. Photo courtesy Leighton O’Connor.
Eight LYC teams competed at the 2012 Viper North American Championship, hosted by Eastern YC in Marblehead. Conditions ran the gamut, with very light air and large shifts on the final day, moderate, steady conditions for the first two days, and strong winds and large waves on Saturday. LYC member Pieter Taselaar came from behind on the final day to win the championship by four points. Jason Carroll and Chad Corning aboard Argo finished sixth overall. Peter Bauer, Buttons Padin and Chris Foley were in eighth after the first day of racing, and finished 17th overall in the 44-boat fleet. Results.
Peter Bauer’s team aboard Wild Hogs enjoys wild conditions on
Saturday at Viper 640 NAs. Photo courtesy Phil Smith.
LYC Wins NYYC Invitational Cup
September 4-8, 2012
The winning LYC team (left to right): Cardwell Potts, Danny Pletsch,
Clay Bischoff and Rebecca Liggins.
LYC bested 23 other American yacht clubs at the New York YC Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series. The regatta determines which three American yacht clubs earn the right to compete in the New York YC Invitational Cup, an international amateur competition of yacht club versus yacht club, held every other year in evenly-matched Swan 42s. READ MORE.
LYC Boats End Summer Winning
August 31-Sept. 2, 2012
Rich du Moulin and Lora Ann, shortly after the start of the 2012
Vineyard Race. Photo courtesy Daniela Clark/photoboat.com
All five LYC boats who entered the 2012 Vineyard Race, hosted by Stamford YC, won trophies, including some of the biggest perpetual trophies awarded. The Vineyard Race is held each Labor Day weekend and follows a 238-mile course starting off Stamford, Connecticut, through the swirling currents of the Race or Plum Gut, rounding the light tower at the entrance to Buzzard’s Bay, and leaving Block Island to starboard en route to the finish in Stamford Harbor. The 2012 edition of the race featured reaching and running conditions most of the way, with teams using genoas and jibs for less than an hour during the race, allowing for fast finishes for most teams. READ MORE.
Jason Carroll Successfully Defends Melges 32 National Championship
July 26-29, 2012
Argo shows downwind speed in tricky conditions at Melges 32
Nationals at New York Yacht Club.
Photo courtesy Sara Proctor / sailfastphoto.com
LYC member Jason Carroll and his team aboard Argo successfully defended their national championship in the Melges 32 class, coming from behind on the final day to take the title by six points. Carroll, who sails with fellow LYC member Chad Corning, did not win a race, but scored in the top five of the 24-boat fleet in six out of eight races to take the title by six points. LYC member Pieter Taselaar finished fourth overall aboard Bliksem, only two points out of second, and won the first two races of the series. Results and final day recap from the class website with photos.
Mark Hansen’s Sweet Lorraine Wins Around Long Island Race
Sea Cliff, NY
Reaching down the Sound at 10 knots aboard Sweet Lorraine
in the 2012 Around Long Island Race
Mark Hansen’s J/145 Sweet Lorraine was the first to finish the 190-mile Around Long Island Race, and held on to win the IRC and PHRF fleets overall on corrected time. The nine-person crew included seven LYC members: Com Crocker, Kerry Klingler and Buttons Padin were joined by LYC juniors Ian Brown, Andrew Brown, and Owen
Zimmermann. READ MORE.
114th Race Week Features
US Olympic Team Sendoff
July 14-21, 2012
The 2012 United States Olympic Sailing Team, gathered on the
lawn of LYC just before flying to London.
Photo courtesy Kelly Foster/US SAILING
Race Week has always had its share of talented sailors on the racecourse, but the 2012 edition may have been the largest gathering of Olympic sailors at LYC at any one time, as the first day of Race Week coincided with the farewell party for 16 U.S. Olympic sailors a day before they flew to London to compete at the Olympics. A large group of sailors was there to see them off, among the approximately 1125 sailors competing in 557 boats across 21 classes over the eight days of Race Week. READ MORE.
LYC Sailors Compete at Newport Regatta
July 13-15, 2012
LYC sailors earned podium places at the 2012 Newport Regatta at Newport Bacardi Sailing Week. Jason Carroll, Chad Corning and John Baxter placed second at the Viper 640 New England Championship in a 25-boat fleet, and Ted Ferrarone with crew Simon Gerson placed third overall in the 505 class. Senet and Clay Bischoff placed eighth overall in the Etchells division. Results.
Jason Carroll’s Argo Wins 2012 European Championship
June 28 – July 1,
Porto Cervo, Italy
Team Argo works hard to keep the boat moving on the run.
Photo courtesy L. Bianchi / Images Sail
Jason Carroll’s Melges 32 Argo returned to winning form by capturing the 2012 European Championship contested in the waters off Porto Cervo, Italy. The regatta was sailed in light, thermal “Sirocco” breezes for the majority of the event. This left plenty of time for espresso during the 1-2 hour shore postponements waiting for the breeze to build. The event was a close one, with Argo in second place going into the final day, one point out of first, knowing that there would only be one race held at most. Argo delivered by nabbing the favored pin end to lead wire to wire and take the championship. LYC member Chad Corning trimmed main while Carroll drove. Argo heads back to Lake Garda, Italy July 20-22 to contest event 4 of the Audi Sailing Series before returning to Newport, Rhode Island for the National and World Championships in late July and September respectively. Results.
Carroll, Corning and team with the championship trophy
in Porto Cervo.
LYC Juniors See America’s Cup,
Win Newport Opti Challenge
June 23-24, 2012
Five LYC juniors competed in Narragansett Bay at the Sail Newport Youth Challenge, winning two of the three divisions. Emma Kaneti placed first in the blue fleet and fourth overall. Charlie Roseberry placed first in the white fleet, with teammate Lizzy Kaplan two points behind in second. Elizabeth Hansen placed seventh overall and Will Gallagher eighth overall in the 79-boat fleet. As an added bonus, the junior sailors were able to tour the America’s Cup catamaran compounds in advance of the America’s Cup World Series circuit event to be held in Newport the following weekend, see the actual America’s Cup trophy, and even have the AC45 catamarans sail through the Opti racecourse at high speed. Results.
BMW Oracle’s AC45 catamaran surprises the Opti junior sailors
with a high speed trip through the racecourse on Sunday.
Photo by Ned Roseberry.
LYC Sailors Set Course for Bermuda
June 15, 2012
Jan Smeets and his team aboard Bacchanal
white, red and blue spinnaker) get an early jump on
Class 6 in the 2012 Bermuda Race
Twenty-one LYC sailors aboard 14 different boats (four of which are LYC-flagged: Bacchanal, Christopher Dragon, Dragonfly, and Lora Ann) will set sail from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda on Friday, June 15 to compete in the biennial Bermuda Race. The 635-mile ocean race is considered one of the most difficult and prestigious to win on the east coast. Online race tracking is available through Yellowbrick. The race player will have an automatic six-hour time delay during the first 36 hours of the race. After 36 hours, the time delay (which exists to prevent competitors from gaining an unfair advantage during the early phases of the race) will be ended. For more information about the race, including crew lists, scratch sheets and news updates, please visit the event website.
LYC Places Second At First Ever Women’s Keelboat Team Race
June 9-10, 2012
Fast and creative: the LYC women’s team race team with
The LYC women's team race team placed second in what is believed to be the first ever all women’s keelboat team race event in the United States, hosted by American YC. Despite very light and shifty conditions, the race committee managed to complete a full round robin (28 races) over two days. New York Yacht Club won the event with seven wins, LYC finished in second place with five wins, and American YC came in third place with five wins (after losing the tie-breaker to LYC). Other teams competing at the regatta were St. Francis Yacht Club, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Southern Yacht Club, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, and Eastern Yacht Club. LYC was represented by team captain Teresa Laughlin (Skipper) Annie Anderson (Skipper), Elizabeth Barry (Skipper) Kendra Emhiser, Daphne Lyman, and Shannon Otte.
Jay Rhame and Katie Murphy Win
Vanguard 15 New England Championship
June 9-10, 2012
From left to
right: Event chairman Weston Friedman, V15 New
Jay Rhame and Katie Murphy, and RC chair
LYC member Jay Rhame with long-time crew Katie Murphy won the 2012 Vanguard 15 New England Championship. Mark Dinneen and Abby Preston from Milton, Massachusetts led after Saturday, but Rhame and Murphy scored top three finishes in five of Sunday’s six races to take the title. Scott Furnary and Melissa Pumphrey of American YC placed second, three points behind Rhame and Murphy, and Christian Manchester of LYC with crew Irene Jacqz finished third. The LYC Race Committee ran ten races over two days in light and tricky conditions. Results.
Commodore Carl Olsson, Susan King and
Com Crocker Win 2012 Robie Pierce Regatta
May 31 - June 3, 2012
tight at the 2012 Robie Pierce Regatta.
Photo by Maureen Koeppel
Sailors from over a dozen states and Canadian provinces traveled to Larchmont Yacht Club for the two 2012 Robie Pierce Regattas co-hosted by Larchmont and American Yacht Clubs. LYC’s Commodore, Carl Olsson, sailing with Susan King and AB (able bodied sailor) Com Crocker, dominated the series, winning six races and placing second in the remaining two heats. In second place were Ted King (Brentwood, NH) and Jim Scott (Portsmouth, NH) sailing with AB Bill Sandberg (Riverside, CT) followed by Sara Everhart-Skeels sailing with Charlie Rosenfeld (Woodstock, CT) and her husband Brian Skeels as AB.
Winning a tie-breaker to take the Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational was the crew of Julia Dorsett (Boca Raton, FL) and Audrey Kobayashi (Kingston, Ont.) with Jenny Davey (Montreal, Que.) as the able bodied (AB) crew. The Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational remains the world’s only all-women adaptive sailing regatta. Results. Event homepage.
Commodore Carl Olsson, Susan King
and Com Crocker. Photo by Maureen
LYC Sailors Finish on Podium in
Block Island Race
May 25-27, 2012
Jan Smeets’s J/133 Bacchanal looking good at
the start of
the 2012 BI Race. Bacchanal later retired after
getting stuck in a windless hole
outside Plum Gut.
Three LYC teams scored podium finishes in the Storm Trysail Club’s Around Block Island Race. Held each Memorial Day weekend, the 186-mile race goes from Stamford, around Block Island and back, and is known for its tactical challenges. The 2012 edition of the race was plagued by light air and fog, with nearly a quarter of the boats failing to complete the course. Andrew Weiss’s J/122 Christopher Dragon placed first in IRC 40. Rich du Moulin’s Express 37 Lora Ann finished second in IRC 35, and Colin McGranahan’s J/130 Dragonfly was third in IRC 45. LYC member Chad Corning raced aboard Larry Dickie’s Ker 43 Ptarmigan from Riverside YC, which won IRC 50 and placed first overall in the IRC fleet. Results.
LYC Wins Charles River Open Team Race
May 19-20, 2012
Team LYC with
their trophies at the 2012 Charles River Open
LYC won one of the largest dinghy team race events in the country for the second time in five years, capturing the Charles River Open Team Race title. Team LYC, consisting of skippers Danny Pletsch, Cardwell Potts and Clay Bischoff, with crews Emily Anderson, Amelia Quinn and Jennifer Watkins, started slowly with a 7-3 record, before heating up to go 5-0 in Sunday’s final flight, and then winning the 8-team finals. Twenty-six teams sailed 207 races over two days right off the docks of MIT’s Sailing Pavilion, utilizing 18 Fireflies and 18 FJs. Results and recap.
Lora Ann Wins 2012 Edlu Race
May 12, 2012
Members of the Lora Ann crew collect the trophy haul from
the 2012 Edlu Race
Rich duMoulin’s Express 37 Lora Ann won the overall corrected time trophy in the 2012 Edlu Race. The Edlu is a 32-mile distance race hosted annually in mid May. 46 boats competed in this year’s running, which featured a light air start. Boats who favored the Connecticut shore, including Lora Ann, found the freshening southwesterly wind earlier and generally did better than those who stayed on the Long Island side before rounding the turning mark off Eaton’s Neck. Conviction, a TP52 from the US Merchant Marine Academy, took line honors and won the Black Watch Bowl. Several LYC teams stood atop the podium at Sunday’s awards ceremony, with Bud Heerde’s X-34 Maudelayne winning PHRF 2, past commodore Jan Smeets’s J/133 Bacchanal placing second in the IRC class, and Roger Widmann’s Swan 42 Quintessence placing third. Results.
LYC Juniors Selected to Compete at
US Youth Championship
May 4, 2012
Five of LYC’s top junior sailors were selected to compete at the 2012 US Sailing Youth Championship, to be held August 14 through 18 in the famously windy Columbia River Gorge in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Brothers Andrew and Matthew Mollerus will be the only team from the northeast competing in the 29er division. This will be Andrew Mollerus’s fourth straight year competing at Youth Champs. LYC will have three teams competing in the Club 420 division, with Reinier Eenkema van Dijk (with crew Spencer McDonough from Indian Harbor YC), Casey Klingler (with crew Haley Fox from Lauderdale YC) and Harry Koeppel (with crew Charles Bocklet from American YC) each looking to improve on their results at the 2011 Youth Champs. Teams are selected to compete at the Youth Champs based on sailing resumes. Earlier this spring, Koeppel and Bocklet were named to the US Sailing Development Team by virtue of winning the US Youth Worlds Qualifier in January. For more information, please visit the Youth Champs website.
LYC Sailors Score Top Finishes at
Apr. 28-29, 2012
Ted Ferrarone and Meredith Killion (bow 74) round the windward
mark just ahead of John & Molly Baxter (bow 66).
For the first time in six years, an LYC winter sailor failed to win the Interclub national championship, though LYC sailors did place second through sixth at the 2012 regatta hosted at Rochester Canoe Club. Two-time national champions John & Molly Baxter finished second overall, 53 points behind Jim Bowers and Alexa Schuler from the Winthrop, Massachusetts fleet, who won their record-tying sixth IC nationals. READ MORE.
Jason Carroll Places Second at Melges 32 East Coast Championship
April 26-29, 2012
West Palm Beach, FL
Argo rounds the windward mark ahead of a tight pack in
West Palm Beach. Photo courtesy Sara Proctor
Jason Carroll and his team on Argo placed second in the hotly contested Melges 32 East Coast Championship. Each boat in the 16-boat fleet finished at least one race in the bottom fifth of the standings, and only one team managed to avoid having multiple double-digit scores over the eight-race series. Carroll, with LYC member Chad Corning aboard, led after the second day, but dropped into a tie for the lead in the last race, which was broken in favor of Ryan DeVos’s Volpe team from Michigan. LYC member Pieter Taselaar’s Bliksem team finished ninth overall. Results.
LYC Juniors Compete at Opti National
Apr. 26-29, 2012
Brant Beach, NJ
Four of LYC’s top junior sailors qualified for the USODA National Team Trials, held on the Jersey Shore in late April. The event is for the top Optimist sailors in the country to determine which sailors will earn the right to represent the United States at international Optimist regattas in 2012, including the World, European, North and South American Championships. Solid winds, including a blustery 25-knot day on Friday, allowed for thirteen races over four days. Emma Kaneti finished 28th overall and fifth among female competitors, and will likely get a shot to compete at the Asian or European championships once team selection is completed later in May. Matthew Kaplan finished 34th, Will Gallagher 47th and Elizabeth Hansen 79th. Results.
Larchmont Sailors Invade
Charleston Race Week
Apr. 19-22, 2012
The 40-boat strong Viper 640 fleet was the largest at Charleston
Race Week and had seven LYC teams competing.
Photo courtesy Meredith Block
Charleston Race Week has become one of the country’s most popular and competitive annual regattas, known for its competitive racing, large sportboat population and post-race beach parties. Five different race circles were created to manage the 250 boats entered: two offshore and three inside highly tide effected Charleston Harbor. A total of 19 LYC sailors made the trek south for an unseasonably cool and often rainy weekend of racing. READ MORE.
LYC Places Third in Baldwin Cup Team Race
March 30-Apr. 1, 2012
Newport Beach, CA
Team LYC at the 2012 Baldwin Cup.
The LYC team racing squad took its talents to Southern California for the weekend, competing against nine other teams at Newport Harbor YC in evenly matched Harbor 20s. LYC started with a couple of losses in round 1, but adjusted to the quirky conditions inside Newport Harbor and in the west coast boats to finish the second round robin in second place. After qualifying for the Final Four, LYC lost in the semifinals to eventual champions Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, but rebounded to defeat host Newport Harbor YC in the petite finals. Sailing for Team LYC were John and Molly Baxter, Cardwell and Corky Potts, Danny Pletsch, Buttons Padin, Clay Bischoff and David Dowd. For photos, results and video, please visit the event website.
Record Number of Interclubs Compete at 2012 Midwinter Championship
Jan. 28-29, 2012
Mark roundings were tight in each of the 20 races at the 2012
IC Midwinters. Photo by Howie McMichael
A record 35 teams turned out for the 2012 Interclub Midwinter Championship at Larchmont YC. The 146 sailors (70 skippers, 76 crews) represented the largest gathering at an IC regatta in nearly 16 years, and those who attended were not disappointed. A rare January southwester filled after the first race on Saturday at 8-14 knots with stiff chop, followed by a shifty, puffy westerly on Sunday of similar velocity to allow for 20 races over two days. READ MORE.
Harry Koeppel Qualifies for
ISAF Youth Worlds
Jan. 14-16, 2012
Long Beach, CA
Koeppel and Bocklet showing championship form at the Orange
Bowl two weeks earlier. Photo courtesy Michael Rudnick.
Harry Koeppel with crew Charles Bocklet of American YC qualified to be the lone American boys representative at the International Sailing Federation’s Youth World Championship in the International 420 class. Alamitos Bay YC hosted the qualifying regatta over Martin Luther King Day weekend, which was attended by only the best junior sailors in the country, including several other LYC teams. This is the second consecutive year that an LYC team has been the U.S. representative in the boys’ International 420 class, with Reinier Eenkema van Dijk and Spencer McDonough winning the qualifier in 2011. READ MORE.