Larchmont YC Awarded
Arthur P. Davis - Beach Point YC Trophy
December 7, 2008
Jan K. Smeets, Commodore of Larchmont YC when the Independence Cup was held, accepts the trophy At the 113th Annual Meeting of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound, Larchmont YC and American YC were jointly awarded the Arthur P. Davis – Beach Point Yacht Club Trophy. This trophy is given in recognition of Outstanding Achievement at U.S. Sailing’s Independence Cup which was held June 6-9, 2008. The Independence Cup is the national championship for disabled sailors and several of this year’s competitors represented the USA at the 2008 Paralympics in China. READ MORE.
Larchmont YC Team Competes at
NOOD Caribbean Championship
November 8-11, 2008
British Virgin Islands
Photo by: Stuart Streuli/Sailing World
As the overall winners of Larchmont’s National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta held in September, Com Crocker and Kurt Weisenfluh were invited to participate in the Caribbean NOOD Regatta in the British Virgin Islands November 8-11. Sunsail provided the NOOD winners with a fleet of seven Sunsail 39 cruisers for what the Sailing World race committee described as “pillow fight racing”. The Larchmont team was joined by the overall winners of the NOOD regattas in San Diego, Seattle, St. Petersburg, Detroit, Chicago and Marblehead. The all-Larchmont team also included Maura Weisenfluh, Dual Macintyre, and John and Allyson Mawe. READ MORE .
Larchmont YC Annual Meeting Marks a Changing of the Guard, Honors Mary Savage
November 8, 2008
The Larchmont YC Annual Meeting honors the accomplishments of the Club's members and signals a passing of the torch to new leadership. After two years at the helm, Jan Smeets ended his term as Commodore and Vice Commodore Tor Holtan was promoted to the top spot. Carl Olsson and Rob Snedeker were installed as Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore respectively.
Longtime member Mary Savage was elected to honorary membership in recognition of her years of service to Larchmont YC and the sport of sailing. Mary is a US Sailing Senior Judge, an ISAF International Judge and the chair of the Larchmont YC Protest Committee, and has served previously as a US Sailing Certified Umpire, YRALIS President and as a chair and member of numerous other committees. In 2007, US Sailing honored Mary with the Harman Hawkins Trophy.
Larchmont YC and Charlie Ulmer Honored at 2008 Moosehead Luncheon
November 2, 2008
The Regatta Committee of Larchmont YC is proud to announce our return from this year's Moosehead Luncheon with two prestigious awards and no livestock. Charlie (Butch) Ulmer was presented the Donald B. King award for individual excellence in running the Inter-Collegiate Big Boat Regatta. Larchmont YC and American YC were awarded the Moosehead Committee Trophy for jointly hosting the Independence Cup, which is US Sailing’s national championship for disabled sailors. Buttons Padin was Larchmont’s event chair for the Independence Cup and was instrumental in making it a huge success. Larchmont YC and American YC have been selected to host the Independence Cup again in 2011.
Larchmont YC Junior Sailors
Win JSA Perpetual Awards
October 29, 2008
Although the summer season is over, Larchmont YC's junior sailors continue to bring home the silver. The Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSA) presented its annual perpetual trophies at its fall meeting on October 29, with Larchmont YC juniors winning first or second place in several categories. The big boat crews from Rear Commodore Carl Olsson's Morning Glory and Harald Edegran's Conundrum accepted their trophies for first and second place in both the Dorade and the Beach Point Overnight races. Demonstrating that our junior sailors know their stuff in the classroom as well as on the water, Matt Habig won the JSA award for highest score on the notoriously difficult Navigation Test. Rounding out the evening, the 420 team of Andrew Mollerus and Becca Liggins received the Thomas W. Fowler, Jr. perpetual award for season high points in the double-handed class and the Christopher Goodyear Neff perpetual award for runner-up in the overall category for season high points. This is the second straight year that a Larchmont 420 team has won the Neff trophy.
Larchmont YC and Storm Trysail Host Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta
October 11-12, 2008
Photo by: Howie McMichael
The Storm Trysail Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, presented by Prestige Toyota and co-hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club, continued to grow in popularity in 2008. 288 collegiate sailors from 30 schools competed on 36 boats in 4 one-design classes and one PHRF division, including teams from Ohio, Michigan, Maine, Maryland and Virginia. A trophy for best winning percentage across all divisions was awarded to Massachusetts Maritime Academy racing aboard Rick Lyall's J/109 Storm, with the University of Rhode Island placing second on Rich du Moulin's Express 37 Lora Ann.
Larchmont Yacht Club's Jon Singsen Places Third at U.S Match Racing Championship
September 28, 2008
Oyster Bay, NY
The U.S. Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl was hosted by Seawanhaka Corinthian YC from Thursday, September 25 to Sunday, September 28. To qualify for the national championship, teams advanced through three Quarter-Final events, one hosted by Larchmont YC and 3 Semi-Finals.
After 3 days of racing in moderate to heavy winds, the fourth and final day was too light to complete the racing and the winner, Dave Perry from Pequot YC, won in a tie-breaker. Larchmont YC’s Jon Singsen came out on top of a three-way tie-breaker to finish third out of twelve teams in a very competitive fleet. Jon is currently competing in the King Edward VII Bermuda Gold Cup at the Royal Bermuda Y.C.
For complete results, go to US Sailing
Also read Jon Singsen’s complete report.
The Long Arm of Larchmont Yacht Club
September 28 - October 3, 2008
San Francisco, CA
Danielle Ames did not race IODs when she was growing up in Larchmont. She spent a few years in Boston before she discovered the fleet in Marblehead. READ MORE.
Larchmont YC Wins YRA Team Racing Championship
September 20, 2008
Larchmont Yacht Club recaptured the Glencairn Trophy - the combined Varsity and Masters Team Racing Championship of the YRA of Long Island Sound. Competing against teams from New York and Noroton Yacht Clubs, Larchmont YC proved dominant by winning both the Aileen Trophy for the Masters Championship and the Bumble Bee Trophy for the Varsity Championship. This sweep returned the Glencairn Trophy to Larchmont after a year's absence. READ MORE.
Sailing World NOOD Regatta Held
at Larchmont YC
September 6-7, 2008
90 boats in 8 classes entered the 10th annual Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta, September 6 and 7 at Larchmont Yacht Club. Despite the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Hanna, 62 boats competed Saturday in south southeast winds ranging from 5 to 10 knots.
Larchmont YC Juniors Dominate
JSA Big Boat Races
August 13, 2008
Larchmont YC’s junior sailors had tremendous success this year in the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound big boat races, placing first and second overall in the Beach Point YC Overnight Race and first overall at the Dorade Trophy. READ MORE
“The view from under Conundrum’s boom of Morning Glory taking
the lead in the Beach Point YC Overnight Race”
Team Racers Continue Successful Summer
August 9-10, 2008
Photo by: Maureen Koeppel
Larchmont Yacht Club was well represented at the New York YC Vanguard 15 Team Race August 9-10, with Team Larchmont YC finishing second overall, losing only two races to regatta winner and current world champions Silver Panda. In third place of the 18 teams was Larchmont YC’s Tall Boyz. READ MORE.
Larchmont YC Sailors Place 1-2 at Nautica Vanguard 15 National Championship
July 18-20, 2008
National champions Danny Pletsch and Carrie Amarante (red hull)
lead at a windward mark on Saturday.
Danny Pletsch, sailing with crews Megan Magill (Friday) and Carrie Amarante (Saturday and Sunday) bested a fleet of 78 Vanguard 15s to win the 2008 Nautica Vanguard 15 National Championship, finishing 23 points ahead of Ward Young and Anne-Marie Martin.
Photo courtesy of The Boatographer.
Larchmont YC Sailors Placed 6th overall in the US Sailing's Double Handed Championship
July 31, 2008
Larchmont YC's 420 team of Andrew Mollerus and Becca Liggins placed sixth overall in the U.S. Junior Doublehanded National Championship for the F. Gregg Bemis Trophy at Chicago YC. The duo advanced to the finals after finishing second in the Area B Semi Finals at Nyack Boat Club. After a slow start, Andrew and Becca strung together several top ten scores in the light air on Lake Michigan, including two second place finishes. The pair's result is noteworthy since this is Andrew's first year sailing 420s and he was the youngest skipper in the fleet. Andrew and Becca are the first team from Larchmont YC to compete at the Bemis Trophy since Nik Holtan in 2004.
For complete results and photos, and for more information about the event, go to the US Sailing Website.
LYC's Hans Oen 2nd at The Six Meter European Championship
June 19-23, 2008
The Six Meter European Championship was this year organized by Societé Nautique de la Trinité-Sur-Mer (go to link for race results) on the coast of Bretagne ( the French Atlantic coast) and sailed in the Bay of Quiberon providing a very nice racing area being somewhat protected from the Atlantic ocean. The conditions were medium to light and the “Classic 6 metres” (pre 1965) had 22 entries from 7 nations while the modern Class had 15 participants.
A total of 6 races were sailed from June 19 to June 23. Competition was very tight and, in the end, only 2 points separated the three top boats.
Larchmont YC Boats Take Home Silver
in Bermuda Race
June 26, 2008
After slogging to windward for more than four days, the five Larchmont YC boats competing in the 2008 Bermuda Race were rewarded with finishes in the top half of the fleet, including some silver. Rich du Moulin, teaming with Chris Reyling on the Express 37 Lora Ann, won his fourth consecutive Bermuda Race in the doublehanded division, taking home the Philip S. Weld Prize after correcting out only 17 minutes ahead of his closest competitor. Du Moulin and Reyling were forced to hand steer Lora Ann for the final 36 hours after the batteries for the autopilot died.
This year’s Race was one for the little guys, as the bigger boats arrived to Bermuda in light winds while the smaller boats in the back of the fleet had stronger winds to propel them toward the Onion Patch.
In the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division (for boats with largely professional crews), Thomas Carroll’s J/133 SirenSong and Mark Hansen’s J/145 Sweet Lorraine were sitting in 1st and 2nd in fleet overall after finishing, waiting for the last two boats in the fleet to finish before they could celebrate. The smallest boat in the entire race, a Beneteau 36.7 from City Island, crossed the finish line 8 hours later, putting SirenSong second in class and second in fleet overall under both the IRC and ORR rating rules, with Sweet Lorraine finishing third in fleet in IRC and fourth in class and fleet under ORR.
In the St. David’s Lighthouse Division (for primarily amateur crews), Commodore Jan Smeets led his J/133 Bacchanal to sixth out of 16 in Class 7 while H.L. DeVore’s Honahlee finished sixth out of 12 J/44s in Class 5.
Over two dozen Larchmont YC members competed on various boats in the 2008 Bermuda Race. Full results and photos are available at www.bermudarace.com
Vanguard 15 National Championship
June 14, 2008
114 Vanguard 15s arrived on the starting line on June 14, 2008 for the Nautica Vanguard 15 National Championship, but the wind did not. As a result, the National Championship has been rescheduled to July 18-20 at Larchmont YC. Competitors who registered the first time will not have to pay an additional entry fee. The Notice of Regatta and Sailing Instructions will be amended in the near future and posted on the regatta site. Click here.
Boston College, With Larchmont YC’s Lily Beck, Wins 2008 ICSA Women’s National Championship
May 26-28, 2008
Boston College, with Larchmont YC sailor Lily Beck as B Division crew, came from behind on the final day to win the 2008 Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women’s National Championship. The Nationals were held at New York Yacht Club in Newport, RI on May 26-28, 2008.
Lily Beck and Martha Pitt (sail #1) power off the
starting line during Day 1 of the ICSA Women's
National Championship. Photo by: Amory Ross
Trailing Yale University by 7 points heading into the final day of competition, BC mounted a furious comeback with four races to go. The A Division rolled three consecutive first place finishes while the B Division, with juniors Martha Pitt and Lily Beck, had a 2, 5 to give BC a one-point lead heading into the final set. Pitt and Beck struggled to a 16th place in the penultimate race, but regained their composure with a second in the final race to clinch the title for the Eagles by just two points over Brown University. The win was Boston College’s first sailing national championship of any kind. BC returns all but one crew in 2008-2009 in their hopes to defend the title.
Larchmont YC’s 2008 junior sailing instructors were also well represented at the Nationals, with 420 coach Megan Magill, a freshman at St. Mary’s College in Maryland, being named an Honorable Mention Women’s All American.
Another LJYC instructor, Pete Johns (doublehanded racing and beginner Optimist coach), competed at the Interscholastic Sailing Association nationals, held May 24-25 on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. Pete led the St. George’s School team to victory at the Baker Trophy (the high school team racing national championship), earning the right to compete at the Hinman Trophy this summer.
Larchmont YC Team Places Second at the Wilson Trophy
May 10-11, 2008
West Kirby Sailing Club, England
The Wilson Trophy, known as the "Wimbledon of Sailing," is the premiere international team racing event in the world. Held annually at the West Kirby Sailing Club in England since 1947 and sailed in Fireflies, this year's Wilson Trophy saw 32 teams compete for the title.
Team Larchmont YC featured Danny Pletsch, Cardwell Potts and Jane Delashmutt teaming with Karen Renzulli and Tim and Ery Wadlow from the legendary Whishbone team. After 192 races in the elimination series, Larchmont YC was in first place with an 11-1 record, including a win over arch rivals and reigning world and Hinman champions Silver Panda. After breezing through the quarterfinals and semis, the two teams met again in the final, where Silver Panda avenged its earlier loss 3-0 to win the title.
Complete results and recap here
Larchmont YC Sailors Compete, Advance
at US Sailing Match Racing Quarterfinals
May 17-18, 2008
Photo by: Maureen Koeppel
Close quarters action ruled the day at the Area ABC Midway
Larchmont YC hosted the US Sailing Area ABC Midway Quarterfinals for the Prince of Wales Bowl, the United States match racing national championship. Larchmont YC’s Jon Singsen, who is currently ranked sixth among Americans in the ISAF Open Match Racing standings, finished second overall, losing a close match to regatta winner Taylor Canfield from the U.S. Virgin Islands. With the runner up finish, Jon advances to the semifinals, which will be held July 12-13 at Eastport YC in Annapolis. Complete results
In Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Larchmont YC's Daniel Litchfield (who recently moved back to the area after a two-year stint in Chicago) won the Area K Quarterfinals in his quest to qualify for the Prince of Wales Bowl finals. Complete results and recap of the event
Larchmont YC Optimist Sailors Compete
at USODA Team Trials; Many Qualify for
USODA National Teams
May 1-4, 2008
At the UDODA Team Trials held recently at the Annapolis Yacht Club, Larchmont YC Optimist sailor Reinier Eenkema van Dijk finished in 22nd place in a field of approximately 200 boats. This result not only qualified Reinier for the US Optimist National Team, but also for the North American Optimist Championships in Curacao in June, where he will compete against sailors from 23 other countries. He will also compete in the European Championship this summer at Lake Garda, Italy. …READ MORE
Larchmont YC Holds 53rd Annual Edlu Race
May 10, 2008
The forecast was for a 15-20 knot northerly, allowing for a power reach out to and around Green Bell “11B” FL G 4s GONG (Lat: 41 00.0 Lon: 73 23.7) off Eaton’s Neck, and back to the finish off Larchmont YC. The 43 entries anticipated a quick 32 mile race and expected to be home in time for cocktail hour.
The boats arrived at the starting line, but the breeze didn’t. READ MORE
Two Larchmont YC Sailors Selected to Compete in the 2008 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships
May 12, 2008
Matt Zupon and Lukas Edegran will be competing in this year's U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, to be held June 26 - July 1 at The San Fransisco YC in San Francisco, CA. They will become part of a distinquished list of competitors to compete in this prestigous event such as: Peter Isler 1976, Steve Benjamin 1978, and others such as Gary Knapp, Jamie McCreary, Ed Adams and Gerald Coleman, who all competed in the 1970's.
Congratulations to Lukas and Matt on joining this elite group.
Matt will be competing in the Laser Radial Class, while Lucas will be
competing in the C420 Class.
To follow Matt Zupon and Lukas Edegran as they compete at the U.S. Youth championships check out:
Larchmont YC Keelboat Sailors Dominate American YC Spring Series
April 26-27, May 3-4, 2008
SirenSong blasts downwind on the first weekend of the American YC Spring Series Photo credit: Allen Clark, www.photoboat.com -- go to photoboat.com for more regatta pictures
The American YC Spring Series kicked off the keelboat racing season in Western Long Island Sound with a bang. The two Saturdays featured strong easterlies packing big wind and waves while the two Sundays saw lighter, shiftier winds. SirenSong, the J/133 owned and skippered by Larchmont YC's Thomas Carroll, with tactics by Butch Ulmer, mastered the difficult conditions with five firsts and a second to win IRC 2. SirenSong was also awarded the Edward Richards Trophy for the best overall performance in the IRC fleet. Read more
Attending Junior Safety at Sea Seminar at Larchmont YC a Valuable Lesson
April 26, 2008
On the first Saturday of the American Yacht Club Spring Series, the crew of Rick Royce's Tripp 33, Patience, performed a successful man overboard recovery, thanks to what the skipper learned during the Storm Trysail Club's Jr. Safety at Sea Seminar at Larchmont Yacht Club. Read Skipper's Story.
Team Baxter Wins Second Straight Interclub National Championship
April 20, 2008
John and Molly Baxter came from behind on the final day to win their second consecutive Interclub National Championship. The duo, who won last year's event by over 30 points, had a tougher time this year in tricky conditions at Metedeconk River Yacht Club. Despite winning the first two races, the Baxter's trailed five-time national champs Jim Bowers and Sarah Hitchcock from Winthrop, Massachusetts after Day 1. The husband-wife team from Larchmont YC took control in Race 9 of the series and held on for the title, while late charges from Larchmont YC sailors Steve Benjamin / Charlie McHugh and Danny Pletsch / Heather Switlik moved them up to second and fourth overall respectively. The three Larchmont YC teams also swept the podium in the Wharf Rat Challenge standings, a perpetual trophy for overall performance in a series of national level Interclub events.
Team Baxter (Bow 66) and Steve Benjamin / Charlie McHugh
(Bow 60) lead the fleet downwind.
(Photograph by Tom Sollas -- www.killerb.com)
The win at Nationals caps off a dominating Interclub season for the Baxter's, who also won the New Year's Regatta, the Midwinter Championship, the Stanley Bell Regatta and all but one Sunday over the course of the winter en route to their third straight Larchmont IC championship. The 2009 IC National Championship will be held at Larchmont YC.
Larchmont YC Junior Sailors Race
Abroad for Spring Break
Several Larchmont Junior YC sailors were selected last October at the United States Optimist Dinghy Association’s (USODA) Atlantic Coast Championship in Norfolk, Virginia to participate in international Optimist regattas held over spring break.
Andrew Mollerus was part of the 15-member American team competing in the International Optimist Dinghy Association’s South American Championship in Paracas, Peru, from March 13 to 23; Matthew Mollerus and Reinier Eeenkema van Dijk were members of the 20-sailor U.S. squad at the 23rd Magic Marine Holland Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, Netherlands from March 21 to 24 and veteran optimist sailor Markus Edegran was one of ten sailors on Team USA at the Lake Garda International Optimist Meeting in Riva del Garda, Italy from March 20 to 23. READ MORE.
For more information and complete results please visit the web sites for these events at:
IODA South American Championship –
Lake Garda International Optimist Meeting –
Magic Marine Holland Easter Regatta –
Larchmont YC Sailors Compete At Acura Miami Grand Prix
March 6-9, 2008
Wet and wild racing is still the norm when it comes to Miami in March, and the 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix was no exception. Several Larchmont YC sailors were among the 550 competitors in the sixty boat fleet... Read More.
Larchmont YC's Ryan Zupon Named to MCSA Harken All District Team
At the recent MCSA (Midwest College Sailing Association) Midwinter Meeting, Ryan Zupon was named to the Harken All District Team, for his performance during the spring and fall 2007 seasons as a member of the Miami University Sailing Team.
Ryan was an active member of the Larchmont YC Junior Program, regularly competing in Laser and big boat events. He was also a four-year member of the Mamaroneck High School Varsity Sailing Team. Rumor has it that Ryan and his brother Matt will be sailing together in the Vanguard 15 National Championships on June 14 and 15 at Larchmont YC.
Larchmont YC Optimist Sailor Is
Top American at The 3rd International
KABB Trophy Regatta
February 15-17, 2008
At the KABB Trophy Regatta for Optimist sailors, held recently in Palamos, Spain, Larchmont YC's Reinier Eenkema van Dijk finished 23rd in a fleet of 288 boats, making him the Regatta's top ranked American. Larchmont YC's Drew Gallagher finished in 147th place.
Sailors from fifteen countries, including the United States, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, France, the Czech Republic, Italy and Spain, competed in this year's event. Russia was represented for the first time by twelve members of its national team. All of the sailing took place on the Mediterranean Sea and the Regatta was preceded by a clinic.
For more information and complete results please visit:
2008 Club 420 Midwinters Regatta
February 16-18, 2008
US Sailing Center - Martin County, FL
Larchmont YC's Lukas Edegran recently competed in the 420 Midwinters Regatta held at Jensen Beach, Florida. Some of the best 420 sailors in the country were there, as it was a qualifier for the Junior Europeans. Lukas finished 15th out of 76 teams. With this result and last year's wins, Lukas hopes to qualify for the US Youth Championship Regatta in late June in San Francisco. Also competing at the 420 Midwinters Regatta were Larchmont YC's junior sailors Amanda Taselaar and Rebecca Liggins, who finished in 44th place.
For complete results from the 420 Midwinters Regatta visit:
LYC’ers at 2008 Key West Race Week
January 21-25, 2008
Key West, FL
This year’s annual Acura Key West Race Week was among the strangest and most challenging in the 21-year history of the regatta thanks to two unscheduled lay days (too much wind on Monday and not enough wind on Wednesday). .. Read MORE.
LYC's Andrew Mollerus Receives the
Top Gun Award
Jan. 18-21, 2008
New Orleans, LA
This award is given by the United States Optimist National Team Coaches for their top pick at the USNT recent team practice at Southern Yacht Club. It is given to the top performer at each USNT practice around the country. This recent practice, which mostly concentrated on team racing, showed what Andrew can do on the race course as a team leader.
Also competing in the USNT Practice at Southern YC, was LYC's Markus Edegran who is also on the team with Andrew. Both have had an active winter sailing schedule.
Larchmont Team Dominates IC Midwinter Championship
January 26-27, 2008
John Baxter, Maggie Lumkes, Danny Pletsch, and Molly Baxter
John and Molly Baxter, Maggie Lumkes, and Danny Pletsch, representing Larchmont Yacht Club, dominated the competition at the 2008 InterClub Midwinters. Eleven races were sailed in each division of this classic collegiate-style regatta, with the Baxters winning 7 of them to win A division by 36 points in the light to moderate conditions. The racing was tighter in B division, but Danny and Maggie stayed close to secure the 28-point regatta win for the Larchmont team. John and Molly Baxter now hold the LYC Season Championship, the National Championship, the New Years Championship and the Midwinter Championship all at the same time.
For complete results, go to
LYC's Molly and John Baxter win 77th Annual
IC New Years Regatta
January 1, 2008
Port Washington, NY
Defending IC national and fleet champions John and Molly Baxter won the Interclub division at the 77th annual New Years Regatta, hosted by Manhasset Bay YC on December 30 and January 1. John and Molly edged out fellow Larchmont IC sailors Steve Benjamin and Charlie McHugh on a tiebreaker (three first place finishes to two) to capture the title, though Benj and Charlie still lead in the Wharf Rat Challenge standings (based on overall performance in a series of national Interclub events). Six Larchmont teams made the trip across the Sound for this traditional event. Rich du Moulin and Louise Browning finished fifth in the annual race of the Past Commodores of the Frostbite Yacht Club. For complete results and photos, go to http://tinyurl.com/2m3d9z