LYC Winter Sailing Continues

Through Tough Winter

January 13, 2013
Larchmont, NY


   Close starts are the norm in the LYC winter sailing fleet. 

   Photo by Howie McMichael.



Like much of the LYC waterfront-based activities this winter, the 2012-2013 frostbiting season has seen its share of challenges: the fleet lost the first three weeks of the season as the Club was getting back on its feet after Superstorm Sandy, and the usual routine of storing dinghies in the Pandemonium and launching off the front dock has been substituted with outdoor storage and launching off the smaller gas dock.  However, winter sailors are nothing if not hardy and resilient, so bailing water and chipping ice out of boats has been a small sacrifice in exchange for the privilege of spending Sunday afternoons racing in one of the country's most competitive dinghy fleets. 


The weather cooperated once racing began November 18, with fleet veteran Simon Strauss winning the day.  Jay Rhame with crew Katie Murphy won the following week, and edged defending champions John and Molly Baxter on January 6 to take a narrow lead in the battle for the season championship.  Andy Kaplan with daughter Lizzie had a near-perfect score on December 2, and Jamie Anderson and crew Maeve Judge won a tiebreaker to take the daily crown on December 9.  A 32-boat fleet with several former All Americans, along with an Olympic medalist and an America’s Cup tactician as a guest skipper was stymied from racing on January 13 due to fog and light wind.  Racing resumes January 20, and LYC is hosting the Interclub Midwinter Championship January 26-27, open to winter sailors from around the country.  The 2012 Interclub Midwinters hosted by LYC was the largest in the event’s history, with 35 teams in attendance (70 skippers, 70 crews).


    Most days have not been as cold as the conditions on November 25,

    when teams found the winter gear in their closets. 

    Photo by Howie McMichael.



As of mid January, fleet captain Peter Beardsley and crew Marguerite Koehler have a substantial lead over their closest competitors in the B division, and C division is a struggle among several teams, though young Matt Kaplan’s score is weighed down by a day where his tiller extension broke in the first race, and should hold a sizable lead once throwouts are calculated.  The standings remain wide-open, with a large percentage of races remaining to be sailed due to the late start to the season, and the shifty winter northerlies yet to arrive that tend to turn races and results inside-out.  For more information about LYC winter sailing and the 2013 Interclub Midwinters, please visit


    Photo by Howie McMichael.