2007 Stories


Larchmont YC Junior Sailors compete at Coral Reef Yacht Club's Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta

December 26-30, 2007

Miami, FL

Eight members of Larchmont YC Junior Sailing Program competed this past week against some of the best sailors in the nation and in the world. Known as one of the top youth competitions on the globe, the Orange Bowl has been a breeding ground for future college and Olympic sailing champions. Hundreds of young sailors come from all over the globe to Miami, FL, to compete on Biscayne Bay.
Congratulations to Team LYC for their commitment to sailing and making the trek to Florida this winter.
420 Alex Takata & Alex Lubben Lucas Edegran
Laser Radial Matt Zupon
Laser Full Rig Trey Brazill
Optimist Andrew Mollerus Matthew Mollerus Casey Klingler Chrissy Klingler Laura Lubben
To view their scores and see complete regatta results visit:



December 12, 2007


As Commodore of Larchmont Yacht Club in New York, Jan Smeets knows a thing or two about the inner workings of a yacht club. Following the path that's common at many yacht clubs, Jan climbed the ranks at the club and is now halfway through his two-year term as commodore. A lifelong sailor who learned to sail as a kid growing up in Curacao, Jan has owned his share of boats over the years. He's currently the proud owner of a J/133 named Bacchanal. According to his wife Anne-Mieke, the name for the boat follows Jan's mantra of enjoying life and having fun. A few weeks ago, Jan celebrated his 60th birthday at the club with plenty of friends and family in attendance. When everyone asked him what he wanted for his birthday, Jan responded with "Please make a donation to US SAILING." And that's exactly what his friends Carla & Tim Porter did when they made a donation to US SAILING's Annual Fund in Jan's honor. The fact that the '07 Annual Fund is to further increase youth sailing might have something to do with Jan's wishes. Jan has been involved with his club's popular Junior Race Week for about 25 years. Over the years, he has seen many of the event's young competitors grow up to become accomplished adult sailors. While he thoroughly enjoys being a Commodore right now, he sometimes dreams about what he'll do when he has more time once his term is up. "A sailing trip to Caribbean for sure!" says his wife Anne-Mieke.

For more US SAILING information visit http://www.ussailing.org/.


LYC Wins YRA Trophies

December 2, 2007
Larchmont Yacht Club

At the YRA meeting several sailors were presented awards:
They are: One Design Etchells Class: First, Chris Marx

One Design Shields Class:

First, Com Crocker & Kurt Weisenfluh
Second, Tom Gallagher & Kevin Hynes
Third, Fred Werblow
Fourth, Mike Carr

S Boats:

First, Howard T. Howard
The Roger H. Shope Trophy, YRA's newest award, was established in 1998 to honor outstanding achievement in race management. YRA awarded this trophy to Cynthia Parthemos.

Larchmont Hosts Opti U.S. National Team

November 9-12, 2007

Larchmont Yacht Club

The Opti docks were busy again over Veteran’s Day Weekend as LYC hosted the Opti U.S. National Team for one of its four national practices. The National Team, made up of the top 45 Opti sailors in the country, practiced out of LYC for three chilly, breezy days, working on speed, starts and race tactics. Two Larchmont juniors, Markus Edegran and Andrew Mollerus, are members of the National Team. The team invited five of our juniors to participate in the practice: Casey Klingler, Laura Lubben, Matthew Mollerus, Reinier Eenkema Van Dijk, and Andrew Schlegel. All of our sailors honed their racing skills while practicing with sailors who traveled from Maine, Florida, Illinois, Texas and beyond for the event. Our own Casey Klingler, the youngest sailor at the practice, received special recognition from the coaches for showing true determination and dedication as she sailed in cold temperatures and stiff breeze with the best (and much older) junior sailors from around the country. While Casey was being recognized for her sailing here, her dad was winning J80 North Americans.

Klingler Wins J/80 North Americans

November 12, 2007

Annapolis, MD

As written in Scuttlebutt - Just six weeks before the J/80 NA Championship, the J/80 Class organization had a terrible problem. Lake Norman, N.C., where the regatta was scheduled was drying up because of the severe drought hitting the southeast USA. With too little water to race on it was panic time! The class’ first call was to Kristian Robinson to ask if Eastport YC, in Annapolis, MD, could host the regatta. The club accepted and started organizing a first class event in record time. The class embraced the move and teams from as far away as California changed plans. The end result was a true championship regatta, raced by 33 competitors who love the boat. For the full report and results, please go to:

Got Moose?

October 28, 2007
Belle Haven Yacht Club

Twelve members of the LYC Regatta Committee attended the Moosehead Luncheon at the Belle Haven YC. While they returned without any livestock, Larchmont did receive "The Prezidents Awards" for dragging Scotch Cap's anchor on the One Design Race Course during Race Week.

LYC's Rebecca Liggins and Amanda Taselar 10th at The Club 420 Association Atlantic Coast Championship, 2007

October 24, 2007
Toms River Yacht Club

There was stiff competition this year at the 420 Atlantic Coast Championships as the difference between 6th and 10th places was only 3 points. LYC’s Rebecca Liggins and Amanda Taselaar, (LYC Junior Sailing Guest Member), were the 2nd place 420 helmed by a woman at this year’s 420 Atlantic Coast Championships. Rebecca and Amanda were at the top of the leader board for much of the regatta, with 6 top ten finishes.

They are both familiar with being near the front of the pack in the Club 420 as they were in the winner’s circle at the 2007 JSA 420 Championships. Both women sail in LYC’s After School Program. Rebecca is on the Mamaroneck HS Sailing Team and Amanda recently qualified for and competed in the US Olympic Laser Radial Trials.
For more information on the Club 420 Mid-Atlantic Champs, visit:


23 Teams Compete At 2007 Hinman Trophy

October 19-21, 2007
Seawanhaka Yacht Club

The 2007 US Team Racing Championship, was reportedly the deepest event ever with a historic number of teams (23). Tim Wadlow (of Whishbone) gave an emotional speech at the awards ceremony and pointed out that this is the first time in history a team has completed a grand slam by Silver Panda (with LYC’s Clay Bishoff onboard as skipper) winning the US Championship, World Championship and the Wilson Trophy in a row. Team LYC ended up in 5th place after challenging conditions and limited racing due to lack of wind. Several others from LYC competed at the event on various teams and are listed.

Sailing for Team LYC:

Left to right: Cardwell Potts, Lily Beck, Danny Pletsch, Caroline Hall Levesque, Emily Whipple and Brad Funk.
Also From LYC Competing at the Hinman Trophy:
Amateur Hour
Sean Doyle
Susan Doyle
Senet Bishoff
Silver Panda
Clay Bishoff
Jay Rhame
Julia Werb (Summer Sailing Member)
Stop Making Sence
Ed duMoulin
Mark duMoulin
Teddy Mark (Summer Jr. Member)
Russ Oreilly ( LYC 420 Coach)
Woonsocket Rockets
Adrieene Patterson ( LYC Opti coach)
For more information and complete scores visit:

LYC's Mary Savage wins 2007

Harman Hawkins Award

October 13 , 2007
Newport, RI

Mary Savage has been named the 2007 winner of US Sailing's Harman Hawkins Trophy for excellence in race administration. The trophy, a handsome brass starting cannon, was presented to Mary by Dick Rose, Chairman of US Sailing's Race Administration Committee, on October 13 during the Paralympic Trials in Newport, RI. The Harman Hawkins Trophy is awarded annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing in the field of race administration (Judging, Umpiring, Race Management, Appeals, Racing Rules, and Competitor Classification).
Mary Savage has an extraordinary record of service in race management. She became a US SAILING Certified Judge during the second year of the program and she continues to serve as a US SAILING Senior Judge and as an International Judge, judging local youth events and prestigious events such as Key West Race Week and US SAILING Paralympic Trials. Savage served for many years as a US SAILING Certified Umpire and is now Umpire Emeritus. She has served on many US SAILING committees. She was Chair of the US SAILING Race Administration Committee and served tirelessly as Chair of the US SAILING Competitor Classification Committee, the committee that developed the competitor classification system, which ultimately was adopted by the International Sailing Federation as the only such system in the world. While on the Judges Committee, she was the Area B Regional Administrative Judge. Currently, she is a member of the US SAILING Racing Rules Committee and the Judges Training and Testing Subcommittee, as well as a member of the Appeals Committee of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound. She has been a member and chair of LYC's Yachting Committee. She rose through various committees within the YRA of Long Island Sound to become its President from 1988 to 1990.


Glencairn Highlights

October 13/14 at
Larchmont Yacht Club

Buttons Padin, Vice Chair of the US Team Racing Championship (Hinman) Committee.

Larchmont Yacht Club Hosts 2007 YRA of LIS

Team Racing Championships

October 13-14, 2007
Larchmont Yacht Club

Over the weekend of October 13-14, four leading yacht clubs sent Ideal 18 teams to compete for this year's Glencairn Trophy. This club-against-club team racing championship is a highlight of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound's season. Two separate competitions were held: the Varsity (open) division, competing for the Bumble Bee Trophy, and the Masters division (skippers 45+, crews 40+), competing for the Aileen Trophy. The club with the best combined score is the overall champion and is awarded the Glencairn Trophy.
This year, Larchmont's Varsity team sailed a flawless series, dominating New York Yacht Club and Noroton Yacht Club to win the Bumble Bee Trophy. The Masters fleet faced extremely tight competition. Noroton won 12 races and Larchmont, New York, and American Yacht Clubs each won 10. In the end, LYC ended up on the losing end of a double tiebreaker. Noroton took home the Glencairn.

Larchmont's Varsity team was captained by Molly Baxter, and included her husband, John, Clay Bischoff, Danny Pletsch, Cardwell Potts, and Emily Whipple. The Masters contingent was led by Commodore Dave Smalley and was comprised of Rob Dailey, Andy Kaplan, Tony Leggett, Bizzy Monte-Sano, Buttons Padin, Dan Ronan, and Roland Schulz.

A special thank-you goes to PRO Commodore Jan Smeets and the entire Race Committee who worked overtime both days to keep the tricky digital "N" course in line through repeated wind shifts. Special thanks also go to all of our club members who volunteered to make the regatta a success...and, of course, to Heineken, which kept everyone in good spirits.

LYC's Lily Beck named as one of the top two women in New England College Sailing

Boston College's Emily Maxwell '11 and Lily Beck '09 were named NEISA Women Sailors of the Week for their third place performance in B Division at the Yale Women's Intersectional. Maxwell and Beck battled very tricky breezes and the best competition in the country, posting all top 10 finishes except for two throughout the 12 race weekend. The Boston College Eagles, starting two freshman skippers, was the first place NEISA team. The Eagles tied for fifth place on points, with Old Dominion finishing sixth overall on the tiebreak.

LYC's Andrew Mollerus wins The United States Optimist Dinghy Association Atlantic Coast Championship

October 6-8, 2007
Norfolk Yacht Club

273 Sailors Compete!

With 3 bullets, Andrew Mollerus won The United States Optimist Atlantic Coast Championship, while his brother Matthew Mollerus came in 37th. Both qualified for international team competitions in 2008, as does Markus Edegran.
There were a total of 273 sailors competing for the ACC at the Yacht and Country Club in Norfolk, Virginia. Congratulations to the 10 sailors from Team LYC for attending the ACC.

ACC Race Results for LYC sailors:
Team LYC Sailors Place
Andrew Mollerus   1
Markus Edegran   31
Matthew Mollerus 37
Reinier Eenkema Van Dijk 66
Andrew Schlegel 81
Casey Klingler 159
Drew Gallagher 166
Jack Budill 240
Chrissie Klingler 252
Katie Devore 264
For complete results visit www.norfolkyacht.com

Storm Trysail Club's 2007 Intercollegiate
Offshore Regatta

October 6-7, 2008
Larchmont Yacht Club

The Storm Trysail Club once again did a stellar job of bringing small boat sailors into the big boat racing community with its annual Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta held this past weekend at LYC. Thirty-one boat-owners shared their boats and love of the sport with 235 collegiate sailors. Five races were sailed by the fleet that was divided into three one-design and one level rated division.
Division winners were: Navy in the J/44 class, Webb Institute in the J/109s, Brown in the Level 72s, and Coast Guard, which smoked the nine-boat J/105 class by 10 points.

Commodore Carl Olsson's Morning Glory, sailed by Bowdoin College, ended up 2nd in the J105 Class. HL and Cathy Devore's Honalee, sailed by the University of Michigan, finished 3rd in the J44 Class. Rich duMoulin's Lora Ann, sailed by Georgetown University, finished 2nd in the Level 72 class behind Troubador, sailed by Brown University and coached by Ward Young and Anne Davidson.
For complete results and photos of the class winners:

Team LYC Competes at ISAF Team Racing World Championship in Gandia, Spain

September, 2007
Gandia, Spain

Our LYC Team (Danny Pletsch, Cardwell Potts, Caleb Silsby, Emily Whipple, Lily Beck, and Caroline Hall) sailed beautifully in the ISAF Team Racing World Championship, turning in the second-best overall record. The other US team, Silver Panda, sailing for New York Yacht Club, won the series and are the 2007 world champions. Clay Bischoff, a summer LYC member, was a skipper on the Silver Panda team.

The details of Team LYC's second best record are a little complicated. As previously reported, the 19 teams were initially divided into two groups for round robins. The teams were then divided into gold and silver fleets and embarked upon three round robins to determine which teams would proceed to the "knock-out" rounds. After these round robins, eight teams entered the quarter finals. This was a tough point for Team LYC as the NOR provided that no country could have more than one team in the "knock-out" rounds. Thus, even though our team had the second-best record through the preliminaries, they had to exit the competition. Therefore, due to the rules of this event, the silver medal went to GBR2 and the bronze to NZL1.

To read about the Team's experiences, click here.

More about the ISAF Team Racing Worlds visit:

Tony Huston 3rd at 2007
IOD World Championship

September, 2007
Nantucket Yacht Club

After winning the 2006 IOD World
Championship, Tony Huston adds another
great result to his resume.
The 3rd place team and 2006 World Champions:
Tony Huston
Chris Zimmerman
Marion Maneker
Danielle Ames
For more
information and
complete results,
please visit:

Taylor Trophy
The YRALIS Match Racing Championship

September 22, 2007
Larchmont Yacht Club

With a last-minute change of venue, Larchmont hosted five teams
to compete in a double round robin match race series. Sailed in Ideal 18s provided by Larchmont, teams participated from Larchmont YC, Pequot YC, Nyack Boat Club, and two from Cow Bay. The LYC team of Peter Beardsley and Gregg Davis placed second to David Storrs and Jay Lipp from Pequot. The Pequot team lost only one race in the two round robins.

Jon Singsen finished third overall at the Prince of Wales Bowl, US Sailing's Match Racing Championship

September 19-23, 2007
New York Yacht Club, Newport, R.I.

Jon finished behind only 2005 champ Brian Angel, who won this
year as well, and 2006 champ Dave Perry. Jon sailed with Andy
Buckingham and Dave Johnson (both of San Angelo, Texas). Team Larchmont YC won the Petit Finals against the Bayview Yacht Club team of Chris Van Tol and John Van Tol (both of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan) and Michael Hoey (Clinton Township, Michigan).
Eleven match-racing teams from throughout the United States competed for this national title. To find complete results, photos, and more information on the U.S. Match Racing Championship, visit the event website at www.ussailing.org/championships/adult/usmrc. The event is part of US SAILING's National Adult Championships, all of which are sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. For more information about these championships, visit www.ussailing.org/championships.

LYC's Jon Singsen has qualified for the
US Olympic Sailing Team Trials!

From the Last Chance Qualifier held at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT., Jon joins the other previously qualified (24 men and 15 women) at the Olympic Sailing Trials in Newport, RI on October 3-14. Three races were held on Friday in 8-11 knots from the southeast, and three more were contested on Saturday in a shifty northwest wind of 15-22 with higher gusts. Sunday's one race was abandoned when the breeze vanished.

Royce Weber from Surf City, NJ and the US Naval Academy dominated the Men's Event with four bullets, while Reguli Granger, age 16, from St. Petersburg, FL edged former Laser North American Champion Susie Pegel (age: Laser Master) from Williams Bay WI.
For more information and to follow Jon's road to the Olympics visit: http://ussailing.org/olympics/

The 2007 NOOD (National Offshore One-Design) Regatta

September 8-9, 2007
Larchmont Yacht Club

Photo by: Maureen Koeppel

The 81 Boats from all over Long Island Sound, the New Jersey Coast and even the Hudson River competed in 8 divisions; divide in 2 separate race courses. The weather could not have been better, with breezes from the SW-SSW 8-15 kts throughout the day.

Larchmont Yacht Club was represented in five of the eight divisions; on the white course, Jason Carroll skippering Vammose, took 2nd place in the IRC division. Rich duMoulin, skippering Lora Ann, took 2nd place in the Level 72 division. On the blue course, Rear Commodore Carl Olsson’s Morning Glory, after a rough day on Saturday without Carl on board, came back with Carl on board Sunday and got a 1,3,7 out of 22 boats to take 6th place in J-105 division. Harald Edegran, sailing Conundrum, took a 12th place in this very competitive J-105 division. Teresa Laughlin, sailing Triple Play, represented LYC in the J-30 division. Fred Werblow took 2nd place in the Shields division followed by Mike Carr with a 4th. Larchmont YC was represented in 9 of the 11 Shields in that division.

2007 Ideal 18 Women’s Invitational
is a big success!!!

September 8
Larchmont Yacht Club

The Ideal 18 Women’s Invitational Regatta for the Commodore Mendez Trophy was a great success. Seven boats competed in 5 races with great winds and much camaraderie among the
participants. Many women sailors with various skill levels were out on the water. The group was made up of women who grew up learning how to sail at LYC, and some newer members who just learned how to sail in last year’s Saturday morning instructional program. Indian Harbor Yacht Club women were among the competitors. A great time was had by all with an after-race debrief and awards ceremony.
3rd Place: Katie Robinson and Anne Connerty,
Larchmont Yacht Club
2nd Place: Tamara Upham Ng-Yow and Silvia Durno,
Indian Harbor Yacht Club
1st Place: Merrill Ulmer and Cathy DeVore,
Larchmont Yacht Club

Rich du Moulin's " Lora Ann" wins IRC
Two in the 2007 Vineyard Race

August 31
Stamford Yacht Club

Rear Commodore Olsson and the crew of his J105 Morning Glory win the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound Championships

Commodore Olsson's J 105 Morning Glory has had quite the racing season being in the money and leading his fleet for most Larchmont Race Week and managing to stay in the hunt in a cut throat 24 boat J 105 class at Block Island Race Week. Morning Glory seems to be at the top of her game, having most recently won YRA of LIS Championships as well as winning the overall YRALIS One Design Trophy.
Congratulations to the crew of Morning Glory on their win!

Kurt Weisenfluh and Com Crocker's Shields
"Rascal" 10th at the Shields National

August 15-19
Newport, RI

Team Racsal (also aboard: Dick Ronan, Andrew Young, Chris Foley)were unable to do their normal horizon job at the 2007 Shields National Championship, however they managed to fight off some fierce competition and end up 10th overall of the strong 34 boat fleet. Also competing for LYC was Skip Maguire's " Lure", Mike Carr's " Cornelia" and Greg Davis and Kevin Santee"s "Uprising" For more information and complete results please vist:


Team LYC a close third at Hinman Masters

August 18/19
New York Yacht Club

The Hinman Masters, more formally known as the Invitational Team Race Regatta for the Commodore George R. Hinman Masters Trophy, was sailed at the NYYC’s Harbour Court August 18-19. The team-racing event is for those on the shady side of 40. After four complete round robins, or 48-total races, the team from the host New York Yacht Club won the event with 12 points. In second place was Noroton Yacht Club, which was tied with Larchmont on points until the tie-breaking protocol worked its magic. Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club was fourth; St. Francis, fifth and Southern Yacht Club, sixth.

LYC Team :
Andy Kaplan, Danny Ronan, Steve Langdon
Rich DuMoulin, Buttons Padin, Tony Leggett
Rob Dailey, Bizzy Monte Sano, Mike Funsch, Chris Allen
For more information please visit http://www.nyyc.org/

Team LYC 4th overall at 2007

NYYC Morgan Trophy

August 11/12 Sailed in Sonars
New York Yacht Club

For complete results go to http://www.nyyc.org/

The Commodores' Cup
Congratulations to Commodore Jan K. Smeets
on his third straight win!

August 4
Larchmont Yacht Club

The YRA of LIS Annual Commodores Cup is an annual race for duly elected and serving Commodores, Vice Commodores or Rear
Commodores of YRALIS member clubs. The Commodore's Cup Regatta has been held since 1976 and has been won by eleven different clubs.

The entered yacht must be helmed by the participating Commodore
or flag officer and belong to a member of the participating club. This year six boats competed for the title from American, Beach Point, Old Greenwich, Port Washington, Breakwater Irregulars and Larchmont. Congratulations Commodore Smeets on your 3 in a row win.

Mark Hansen's J/145 "Sweet Lorraine" has just impressively won the PHRF overall
and IRC overall in the Around Long Island Race

Kerry Klingler, Rick Lyall, H.L. DeVore and Mark Hansen
Yes...5 awards and a large bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin. IRC winner Division 1, IRC winner overall, PHRF winner Division 10, PHRF winner overall...and the foredeck crew award!
- 1st Place PHRF Overall
- 1st Place IRC Overall
- 1st Place IRC Division 1
- 1st Place PHRF Div. 10
- Foredeck Award (to the foredeck captain on the winning boat)
Aboard was:
Mark Hansen (skipper/owner)
Kerry Klingler (tactician, watch captain)
H.L. DeVore (navigator, watch captain)
Greg Davis (bow)
Rick Lyall (driver, trimmer)
John Fallon (bow)
Dan Fallon (driver, trimmer)
Jim Buffum (driver, trimmer)
Morgan Buffum (trimmer, age 12)
For more information go to: http://www.alir.org/

LYC Race Week 2007

July 14-22, 2007
Results, winners, info.