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Sailing News 2016

LYC Juniors Head South for Orange Bowl Regatta

December 27-30, 2016

A large (and growing) contingent of Larchmont YC juniors made it down to warm and sunny Coconut Grove Florida for this year’s Orange Bowl Regattas from Dec 27-30. With 781 competitors from over 15 countries on the various courses, this is the biggest youth regatta in North America, and our sailors were welcomed with bright sunshine and a great variety of conditions, ranging from light air to 20+ knots on the final day. On the International 420 course and taking the 2016 I420 National Championship, Carmen and Emma Cowles won with a quite dominant performance, and Lizzy Kaplan and her crew Meghan Gonzalez did a fantastic job to finish 24 of 39 teams. LYC’s four Opti sailors also did us proud, with Margeaux Cowles making the ultra-competitive gold fleet (limited to the top quarter of the boats) and finishing 49th overall, a spectacular showing.  In the silver fleet, Wyatt Bischoff and Morgan Gochberg finished 6th and 157th, respectively, and both of them had great performances on the breezy final day of racing.  And 9-year old Owen Bischoff competed in the 74-boat green fleet for beginning racers, his first event outside of New England and a fantastic step for him.

Click here for Orange Bowl results.

Click here for open Orange Bowl (I420s) results.

Two LYC Opti Sailors Qualify for
2017 International Regattas

December 21, 2016

Margaux Cowles and Wyatt Bischoff have some interesting travel plans in store for them next year. Both LYC junior sailors competed in the USODA Midwinter Championship regatta held over Thanksgiving weekend as part of Southern Yacht Club's (New Orleans) 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl Regatta. The top Opti sailors from across the U.S. traveled to The Big Easy to compete for one of the coveted spots as part of the USODA's Team to represent the U.S. in one of the major international Opti regattas held in different parts of the world.
The conditions during the Midwinters were super light and racing was only possible during approximately half the time on the water. Regardless, the two LYC'ers will be on the road representing the U.S. this coming year. Margaux Cowles will represent the U.S. at the 2017 IODA South American Championship in Aguavista, Paraguay, while Wyatt Bischoff will be part of the American team at the 2017 XXXII Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, Netherlands.
This is quite an accomplishment for these two young sailors and everyone at LYC is very proud of them. It should also be noted that this is not the first time LYC juniors have qualified for the USODA Team; there is a long list of LYC's past Team qualifiers including most recently: Margaux' older sisters Emma and Carmen Cowles, Charlie Roseberry, Emma Kaneti, Lizzie Kaplan, and Will Gallagher. The list goes on and LYC congratulates all our Opti sailors...past, present, and future.

LYC Sailors Stand-out at Bermuda Viper Regatta

Pembroke, Hamilton, Bermuda
November 16-19, 2016

Over a dozen LYC sailors traveled to Bermuda last week to sail in the Viper 640 International Championship and the preceding warm-up regatta on Bermuda’s Great Sound. The sailors expected great sailing conditions with big breezes...and they got what they were looking for.
In the warm-up regatta, LYC’s Cardwell and Jennifer Potts, Ted Ferrarone, and Kendra Emhiser were at the top of the podium. Potts and crew bested a 24-boat fleet in five races by a margin of 23 points over the second place boat, sailed by LYC’s Jay and Rachel Rhame and Peter and Rachel Beardsley. In ninth was Andrew Weiss’s Dragon Fire team, with Gabe Jostrom and Patrick Mauro a few points back in tenth. Bob Matthews, sailing with Buttons Padin, finished in thirteenth.
After a layday on Wednesday, the real action started Thursday with the joint sailing of the Viper North American Championship (hosted by LYC in October 2015) and the Aspen Viper International Championship sponsored by EFG. The fleet expanded to 41 boats and the wind speeds increased too.
On day one of the Championships, only two races were held as the wind died. That wasn’t the case on Thursday when 50-knot overnight winds subsided to only 30+ knots and the day’s sailing was cancelled. Friday saw big winds again, but they were sailable...puffs in the high teens and some stunning (and stinging) rain squalls ripping across the course at times. The limit of four races was sailed on Friday as the tired fleet raced back to the host clubs: the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club. It turned out that that ride home was the end of the racing. More heavy winds and rain squalls on Saturday convinced the race committee that sailing would be unsafe on the Great Sound.
After the six races, it was former LYC Summer Sailing Member Zeke Horowitz (now living in Annapolis) winning handily with only ten points. LYC’s top boat was the Potts/Ferrarone/Potts/Emhiser team in fifth and the Rhame/Beardsley quartet in seventh. Gabe Jostrom and Pat Mauro finished in tenth, Andrew Weiss in twentieth, Peter Bauer and Dorsey Roseberry in twenty first and Matthews/Padin in twenty fourth. An indication of how close the racing was is that only three points separated the Weiss and Matthews boats.
The LYC Vipers that visited Bermuda are all on their way home for the winter...only to start their annual southern migration to sail in the new year. If you’re interested in learning more about the Viper 640 and sailing one at Larchmont, contact LYC Viper Fleet Captain Peter Beardsley at

Photos by Beau Outterridge

Follow LYC's Team Competing for the
San Diego Yacht Club's Lipton Cup

Larchmont, NY 
October 28-30, 2016 

The 102nd Challenge for the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup, San Diego Yacht Club’s signature fall regatta, will be sailed over three days this weekend starting today, Friday, October 28 and running through Sunday, October 30. Named for the historic yachtsman and tea baron, Sir Thomas Lipton, the Lipton Cup allows yacht clubs’ teams to face off to determine who the best of the best is. It has been the most prestigious trophy contested in Southern California and one of the most coveted on the West Coast since 1903.

This is the second consecutive year that LYC has sent a team to this prestigious interclub race contested by a dozen clubs in 35’ J/105s. Danny Pletsch is again at the helm with his wife Megan as crew. Along with them are Vice Commodore Andy Kaplan, Trustee Com Crocker, Chad Corning, Jay Rhame, and Patrick Slattery. Other teams competing are from: San Diego YC, Cabrillo Beach YC, California YC, Coronado YC, Eastern YC, Long Beach YC, Newport Harbor YC, San Francisco YC, Southwestern YC, and St. Francis YC.

Follow the race by clicking here.

Photo from LYC’s Lipton Cup team 2015

LYC Hosts J105 North American Championship

Larchmont, NY 
October 19-23, 2016 

Larchmont Yacht Club again proved its ability to host a world class regatta as it hosted the 2016 J/105 North American Championship from October 20-23. Sailed on the Sound in cold and blustery conditions, PRO Butch Ulmer and his race committee ran seven races over four challenging days.
In the end, it was Canada’s Terry McLaughlin taking home his second J/105 title. LYC’s Jeremy Henderson and Harald Edegran were co-chairs for the event with area J/105 sailor Paul Beaudin. Under their guidance, and thanks to the Stella Artois sponsorship, the competitors enjoyed high-level racing on the water and memorable camaraderie when ashore. 

For more on the regatta and results, click here.

Video by Maureen Koeppel

LYC Wins Glencairn Trophy – YRA of LIS Team Racing Championship 

Larchmont, NY 
October 15, 2016 

On Saturday, October 15, seven LIS yacht clubs sent teams to Larchmont to compete for the Glencairn Trophy and the bragging rights that go along with winning the area’s interclub team racing championship. Sailed right off the Larchmont Yacht Club front dock in a light easterly, the respective varsity and masters (skipper 45, crew 40) teams managed to get in a full seven-team round robin followed by a petite semi finals (first to two wins among the top four in both the varsity and masters) and then a single-race final before the wind died entirely.

Team racing has been a hallmark of LYC for the past two decades although it has only had limited activity in recent years. Regardless, the LYC varsity team went undefeated through the entire regatta and the LYC masters team lost only one race in the round robin and then fell to New York Yacht Club in the masters final race.

It should be noted that this regatta was sailed “stadium style,” that is well within the view of shore and spectators allowing everyone to be part of the event. Sailing Director Nick Martin, Assistant Sailing Director Hobie Ponting, and the LYC Marine Facilities staff did an excellent job clearing the mooring field so the starting line could be right off the Club’s front dock with the windward marks and finish to the east by the harbor channel. The LYC Race Committee, headed that day by PRO Buddy Wolf, wrenched as much racing as possible out of the dying wind and executed a national-level regatta. Ashore, the Club had breakfast, lunch, and after-racing chowder served on the Veranda overlooking the harbor where the awards also were presented.

Leading the effort were event chairs Buttons Padin and Dave Smalley, while Chris Allen and Ryan Zupon were the Protest Administrators on the changing dock right off the seawall.

The Glencairn champion is calculated by combining the finishing positions of each participating club’s respective varsity and masters finishing positions with the lowest score winning. LYC finished first in varsity, winning the Bumblebee Trophy, and second in masters to NYYC who won the Aileen Trophy. With NYYC finishing fourth in the masters division, LYC won the overall Glencairn with NYYC second and Noroton Yacht Club third.

Andy Kaplan, LYC’s Vice Commodore and skipper of one of the LYC Masters boats noted, “It was just a phenomenal regatta. The weather was great, the racing was close, the camaraderie was excellent, and LYC, as the host club, made everyone feel welcome as our guests.”

LYC’s teams were comprised of (skipper/crew):
Jay and Rachel Rhame
Clay and Carmen Bischoff
Will Hutching and Tori Porter

David Dowd with Teresa Laughlin
Andy Kaplan and Peter Bauer
Dan Ronan and Com Crocker

The clubs competing for the Glencairn were: 
Larchmont YC, American YC, Indian Harbor YC, New York YC, 
Noroton YC, Pequot YC, Riverside YC

Photos by Erin Constabile

Follow Team LYC Competing in the
2016 Resolute Cup 

Harbour Court, Newport,RI 
September 14-17

New York Yacht Club’s Resolute Cup was created as the qualifier for the NYYC Invitational Cup (that LYC almost won in 2013) and has turned into what some consider the U.S. Yacht Club Corinthian championship. Sailed by all-amateur teams, 28 yacht clubs from across America will be sailing in Sonars and Melges 20s over the next four days as they vie for the Resolute Cup title and one of the three coveted U.S. spots in the 2017 Invitational Cup regatta.

Representing LYC are skipper and recently named college All American Andrew Mollerus supported by two of the Club’s most experienced one-design sailors: Peter Beardsley and Jamie Anderson.

Click here
to view the competing club roster.

Click here
to read more about the Resolute Cup.  

For Wednesday’s and Thursday’s Preliminary Rounds, LYC will be sailing in the RED group.  You can watch racing live or watch replays of every race by clicking here.


LYC Teams Sweep Northern Ocean Racing Trophy

September 7, 2016

LYC teams won both the fully crewed and doublehanded 2016 Northern Ocean Racing Trophy results. The NORT is awarded at the conclusion of the Vineyard Race, hosted Labor Day weekend by Stamford YC. The trophy is awarded annually to the boat that performs the best on a cumulative point basis in the Newport Bermuda Race, the Vineyard Race, and at least one of the following additional races: the Around Block Island Race, the Around Long Island Race or the Ida Lewis Race. The three best scores are used, but must include the Newport Bermuda and Vineyard scores. After the 238-mile mostly light-air Vineyard Race concluded this past weekend, Chris Sheehan's XP44 Warrior Won narrowly beat out Valkyrie from the Shelter Island YC and High Noon of American YC, both of whom did well in the Bermuda Race and Block Island Race, to capture the fully crewed division, while Rich duMoulin's Express 37 Lora Ann was named the doublehanded overall winner. The NORT has been awarded for over 40 years and includes many of the most successful ocean racers in the US.

Several LYC teams competed in the 2016 Vineyard Race. duMoulin placed second in the IRC doublehanded division, Andrew and Linda Weiss's Sydney 43 Christopher Dragon placed third in IRC Class 13, Jason Carroll's Gunboat 62 Elvis placed fourth in the multihull division and Dr. Carl Olsson's J/109 Morning Glory placed fifth in PHRF Class 9. Warrior Won placed 5th in IRC class 11 and in addition to claiming the NORT, they were winners of the Bill Luders Trophy for line honors in the largest IRC class.  

Click here for results.

LYC Team Wins Viper 640 New England Championship

August 31, 2016

Three LYC teams trekked to Marblehead during an off weekend for local racing to compete in the Viper 640 New England Championship.  Jay Rhame, Peter Beardsley and Rachel Beardsley won with a race to spare, edging out a team from Charleston on a tiebreaker.  Christian Manchester's Vicious Panda team finished fifth, and Mike and Alison Puleo finished 11th in the 17-boat fleet.  Click here for full results.


LYC Junior Big Boat Team Finishes Summer Strong

August 24, 2016

The LYC Junior Big Boat Team finished the season with strong performances in the annual Dorade Regatta and Beach Point Overnight, entering three boats in each event. Skipper Lizzy Kaplan and her team aboard Commodore Olsson’s Morning Glory sailed to three third place finishes in the Dorade Trophy at Stamford YC, good for 2nd place overall. Co-Skippers David Ingraham and Peter Fontanella finished 6th, sailing Will Ingraham’s Tenebrae. Meanwhile, Eric Hansen skippered Privateer to 5th place in the always-competitive J105 Class. In the ever-popular Beach Point Club Overnight, the crews were tested by 15-30 knot winds that saw the fleet complete the 61 mile course out to Stratford Shoal and back by 1:30 in the morning. Kaplan’s Morning Glory took first in class, while Ingraham/Fontanella and crew finished 3rd in Tenebrae and Hansen and team finished 5th, racing Rich DuMoulin’s Lora Ann. The top five boats corrected to within a very tight 13 minutes of each other over the 61 mile course. The Junior Big Boat Team is open to all LYC Juniors aged 14 and up. This year’s team saw a record 30 juniors participate.  LYC thanks all of the owners, coaches and mentors for their continuing support of the junior big boat team.

Dorade Trophy Results  |  Beach Point Club Overnight Results

LYC Sailors Top Many Divisions at YRALIS Champs

August 10, 2016

LYC teams won four divisions at the YRALIS Championship this past weekend. LYC teams swept the podium in the 13-boat Viper 640 fleet, with Zeke Horowitz coming out on top and winning the overall sportboat championship across all divisions.  LYC teams also swept the Shields fleet, led by Neil Meyer.  Roger Widmann's Swan 42 Quintessence won PHRF I, and Dr. Carl Olsson's team aboard his J109 Morning Glory won PHRF II. Results.

LYC Junior Sailiors Excel at US Youth Championship

August 9, 2016

Four LYC junior sailors turned in exceptional performances at US Sailing’s Youth Championship in San Diego.  Cate Mollerus, crewing for Louisa Nordstrom in the 29ers, finished third overall and as the top girls team, qualified to be the sole U.S. representative at the 2016 Youth World Championship in the girls doublehanded skiff division, to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in December.  Results.  Carmen and Emma Cowles also finished on the podium in the 32-boat International 420 class, placing third, missing a trip to New Zealand by one spot.  Emma Kaneti of LYC finished fifth in the I-420s, finishing the regatta strong with four consecutive top three finishes.  Sailors are selected by resume to compete at Youth Champs, considered to be the most competitive junior sailing event in the U.S. each year.  The Cowles sisters and Kaneti both have many years of eligibility left in the I-420s and will be forces to be reckoned with at future Youth Champs.  Results.

LYC Member Josh Reisberg's Voyage to Bermuda

July 26, 2016

LYC member Josh Reisberg tells his story of his sail to Bermuda with Sam Cox, and fulfilling their quest for adventure. Click here to read the full article published in Scuttlebutt Sailing News.


118th Larchmont Race Week Final Recap
Larchmont, NY

July 25, 2016

The 118th Larchmont Race Week will be remembered for the best wind in years for the junior sailors, but lighter winds and challenging conditions for the senior one designs and cruising boats. 

Sailed over the weekends of July 16-17 and 23-24, Race Week concluded Sunday afternoon with Graham Landy from Norfolk, Virginia and crew Chris Klevan being awarded the Anne Kathleen Cullen Memorial Trophy, for turning in the best performance of the regatta, winning the 50-boat Vanguard 15 fleet, which was the class’s national championship. LYC members placed second and third, with Will Haeger and Matt Kaplan rounding out the podium. It was the largest turnout of Vanguard 15s in the U.S. at a single venue in over five years, and credit goes to fleet captain Mike O’Connor for his significant efforts in assembling charter boats and promoting the regatta.
While the wind was largely uncooperative in 2016 for the bigger boats, the final weekend redeemed itself somewhat, with a 10-15 knot westerly on Saturday.  While Sunday’s Around Execution Rocks Race began as a drifter, shortly after the fleet rounded G23 at Prospect Point, the southwester filled for a pleasant 10-12 knot run home.  While LYC’s Andrew Weiss crossed the line first in his Ker 43, it was Noroton YC’s Bob McHugh who corrected out in first aboard his Viper 640, with Vice Commodore Andy Kaplan placing second on corrected time. The starting line was quite the sight with a Gunboat 60 and modern offshore racers mixing with family crewed cruising boats, Viper 640s and Herreshoff S-Boats .

The Charles Vanderlaan Trophy was awarded to Paul Strauch from Manhasset Bay Yacht Club for best overall cruising class performance for the fourth straight year.  The best performance by an LYC member in the PHRF division, the Vincent Monte-Sano Trophy, was awarded for the third time to Bud Heerde whose Maudelayne placed second in PHRF but topped all the other host club boats.

Winners in the specific classes were:
Vanguard 15 – Graham Landy and Chris Klevan
Viper 640 – David Owen and Peter Beardsley
J/105 – Paul Beaudin
J/70 – Scott Bursor
Etchells – Ron Thompson
IOD – John Evans
Shields – Fred Werblow
S Boats – Rick Beck
Ideal 18 – Katherine Morgan
PHRF Spinnaker – Paul Strauch (Melges 32)
PHRF Non-Spinnaker – Robert Chuda (Frers 45W)

Click here for full results. 

It should not be overlooked that during the week between the senior Race Week events, Larchmont Junior Race Week was staged. Whereas in the past the typically light July winds on eastern Long Island Sound can literally take the wind out of the juniors’ sails, this year, there was wind in abundance for three days of racing for the 350+ juniors sailing Lasers, C420s, Pixels, and Fevas. That was followed by excellent conditions Thursday for the 150+ boat Opti Day. And, while there was no racing on Friday, LYC was still abuzz as LYC hosted the Storm Trysail Foundation’s Junior Safety-at-Sea Seminar for over 150 junior sailors.

Overall winners of Junior Race Week perpetual trophies:
The Windjammer – Finley Bean/Gavin Meese (C420) Norwalk YC
Al Bamberger Trophy – Jaume Pujadas/Josep Pujadas (Pixel) LYC
George Hills Trophy – Lindsay Powers (Radial) AYC
William Luckett Memorial – Michelle Larhkamp/Gabriella DelBello (420) AYC
The Crew Prize – Gabriella DelBello (420) AYC
The O'Donnell Trophy – Lindsay Powers (Radial) AYC
The Commodores Trophy – Michelle Larhkamp/Gabriella DelBello (420) AYC
Click here for Junior Race Week results.
Click here for Opti Day results.
As the 118th Race Week ended and the Race Committee and Marine Facilities staff engaged in their traditionally epic cannon “naval war” with cannon call-and-response, LYC also “re-presented” to member Chris Sheehan and his crew of Warrior Won the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy to acknowledge their 2016 Newport-to-Bermuda Race win in front of the home crowd. 

Click here to view the Race Week photo galleries.

Photo by Maureen Koeppel


Jason Carroll's Argo Wins the Owner-Driver Trophy at the GC32 Malcesine Cup

July 13, 2016

Jason Carroll’s Argo finished 4th overall and first in the owner/driver classification at the GC 32 Malcesine Cup in Malcesine, Italy. The podium was swept by America’s Cup squads representing Team NZ, Team France/Groupama and Artemis. GC 32s are foiling catamarans that sail an Americas Cup style course with a reaching start and two leeward/windward laps before a reach leg into the finish. The start is hectic, with the boats barreling down the reach leg at 30+ knots before bearing away and unfurling gennakers for the run. After coming 7th in the prior event, Carroll and team dedicated a majority of their training time on mastering this critical part of the race. Team Argo will contest two more regattas in Europe this summer in Spain and France before heading to the GC 32’s first world championship in Dubai, UAE this winter. For more information about the GC32 circuit and the Malcesine regatta, click here


LYC Team Wins Resolute Cup Tune-Up

July 13, 2016

In preparation for the 2016 Resolute Cup, LYC sent a team to Newport July 9-10 to practice in Melges 20s. The Resolute Cup will be sailed September 12-17 in Narragansett Bay against Corinthian teams from 30 American yacht clubs, with the top two teams qualifying for the New York YC Invitational Cup, sailed in odd numbered years in evenly matched Swan 42s. LYC won the Resolute Cup in 2012. The 2016 event will be sailed in Sonars and Melges 20s. Skipper Andrew Mollerus with crews Peter Beardsley and LYC Sailing Director Nick Martin traveled to Newport to get experience in the Melges 20, a boat they had not raced previously, and got up to speed quickly, winning 3 of the final 4 races to win the Newport Regatta against several teams who they will face in September, including Eastern YC, New Bedford YC, Storm Trysail Club, Shelter Island YC and Wadawanuck Club. The team will continue cross training in Viper 640s and Sonars this summer before the main event.  For more information about the Resolute Cup, please visit the NYYC site.   

Results from this past weekend: Click here


Casey Klingler and Andrew Mollerus Named Intercollegiate Sailing All-Americans

July 6, 2016

The LYC junior sailing program has been a feeder for inter-collegiate sailing teams for decades and, in the past, a select few LYC collegiate sailors attained All-American status. For the 2016 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) season, two LYC sailors, Casey Klingler and Andrew Mollerus, received that recognition.
Casey Klingler, a sophomore at Yale University, was chosen as one of seven 2016 All-American women’s skippers. Casey won the A Division at both the Dellenbaugh Trophy and Navy Academy’s Women’s Spring Regatta, while finishing 4th in A Fleet at Women’s Nationals in San Diego. Casey follows in the footsteps of her All-American sailor mother Merrill Ulmer (Dartmouth ’88), her uncle Charlie Ulmer, Jr. (Tufts ’90), and her grandfather Charlie Ulmer (Navy ’61) who received the ICSA Hall of Fame Competitive Achievement Award in 1970.
Andrew Mollerus distinguished himself on and off the water at Harvard University. Andrew received his All-American recognition for a strong senior season, as well as Harvard’s Francis H. BurrScholarship for character, leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability. Of note, Andrew will be at the helm of the LYC team competing in this summer’s New York Yacht Club’s Resolute Cup regatta, the qualifying event for the 2017 NYYC Invitational Regatta, and will likely be the youngest skipper competing at the event.  Andrew plans to start a campaign in the 49er class with his brother Matthew to train for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. 
Other LYC juniors that have gone on to earn All-American status include Tony Rey (Connecticut College ’90), Carisa Harris (Tufts – All American Women’s skipper in 1993 and 1994), and Leah Anderson (All American Crew—St. Mary’s College ’01).  Many other current LYC members have received All American recognition for their achievements in college sailing, but did not grow up in the LYC junior sailing program.  Additionally, several recent and current LYC junior sailing instructors were also recognized by the ICSA as All Americans and other award winners.  Also of note, while not on the All American Team this year, former LYC junior sailors Markus Edegran (St. Mary’s College ’16), Drew Gallagher (UPenn ’18), and Harry Koeppel (Boston College ’17) each competed at the ICSA Fleet Racing Semifinals in San Diego and played key roles on their teams. 

For more information about the 2015-16 All American Team, please visit the Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s website at

Casey Klingler

Andrew Mollerus

Cate Mollerus Places Second at 29er U.S. Nationals

July 6, 2016

LYC junior sailor Cate Mollerus, with her skipper Chris Williford from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, placed second at the 2016 29er U.S. National Championship.  The team won five of the first seven races and had a narrow lead going into the final day, but several other teams remained in striking distance.  After dropping down the leaderboard, Williford and Mollerus salvaged a second place in the final race to move up to second place in the regatta, three points out of first.  This is Mollerus’s first year in the 29ers. 

Click here for results.

Warrior Won Wins Newport Bermuda Race,
St. David's Lighthouse Trophy

June 29, 2016

Christopher Sheehan’s XP44 Warrior Won, with eight of her 11 crew hailing from LYC, jumped out to an early lead in the 635-mile long Newport to Bermuda Race with a gutsy call, and held on to become the first LYC-flagged vessel to win the overall Bermuda Race title since DeCoursey Fales’s legendary Nina in 1962.  Warrior Won was the second boat across the line of all competitors in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division and won her class by over 12 hours on corrected time.  Several other LYC members completed the 2016 Race, including Rich duMoulin, who placed third in Class 2 (doublehanded) aboard his Express 37 Lora Ann.  Apart from the coveted St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy for the overall race victory, the Warrior Won team also won the Olin J. Stephens Ocean Racing Trophy for the best combined score in the 2016 Bermuda Race and the 2015 Marblehead-Halifax Race, the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy for the Class 9 victory, the Harvey Conover Memorial Trophy for being the second boat to finish, and the Overall Performance Trophy for having the largest margin of victory over other boats in her class. Additionally, navigator H.L. DeVore won the George W. Mixter Trophy as the winning navigator.
The 2016 Race was largely a reaching race in light air for the leaders, though certain pre-race forecasts of beating into high winds and steep waves caused 60 teams to either stay in port or retire shortly after the start.
For a complete report from Warrior Won and more information about the 2016 Bermuda Race, please read below.
It was an ominous forecast staring down the fleet Wednesday before the start.  Newport was buzzing with rumors of cancellations or postponements due to forecasted high winds and a rough Gulf Stream crossing. 
Captain Chris Sheehan and Navigator DeVore held a pre-race meeting talking about safety and the dangers and the responsibilities of the crew.  DeVore held a briefing and informed the crew that the biggest mistake that crews make in the race was to get a preconceived idea of their course and strategy as the weather forecasts always change some.  DeVore made it clear to the crew that there were two possible routes for the 2016 race: 1) West of the rhumb line down the favorable current of a large cold eddy south of the Gulf Stream, or 2) East, closer to the rhumb line but dangerously in the path of the predicted gale force winds of a low pressure system.
Watch Captain Doug Lynn, Ryan Zupon and navigator DeVore incessantly studied the forecast.  Ultimately seeing that light airs to the west were a trap, DeVore made the call to sail sideways across the course, to cede the early lead and find slightly more favorable winds.  It clearly worked.  Warrior Won entered the Gulf Stream in 6-8 foot seas at dawn and after a 10-hour crossing of the 4 knot river in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, checked the tracker to discover their payday was a 30 mile lead!!   The crew were kept focused by withholding much of this good news -- a difficult decision, but one that paid off as their pedal to the metal approach delivered a wild finish before the wind shutdown close to the finish line! 
Skipper Christopher Sheehan said “I am so grateful to the entire crew for taking time away from their families to sail with me and my son and complete this epic journey and adventure, I am so proud of Joost-Olan, my 16 year old son who was mast man on Doug Lynn’s watch.   I am thrilled with the navigational decisions that we made that led to this victory.   Our key decision was change course, give up the early lead and get east.  I look forward to the awards ceremony on Saturday.” 
Joost-Olan Sheehan was inducted this morning into the Stephens Brothers Society, which honors juniors sailing in the Bermuda Race.   Speaking of juniors, the only other boat in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division to cross the line before Warrior Won was the American YC-based junior program aboard High Noon.  The Warrior Won team visited the AYC juniors’ dinner table on Tuesday night and delivered a rousing standing ovation and champagne toast to the kids for AYC’s fantastic performance.  Also worth noting was the incredible performance in the Open Division by the 100-footer Comanche, which shaved 4.5 hours off the course record, averaging over 18 knots the entire way! 
Sailing aboard Warrior Won were LYC members Chris and Joost-Olan Sheehan, navigator H.L. DeVore, Peter Carpenter, Andres de Lasa, Doug Lynn, Roland Schultz, Ryan Zupon, former LYC sailing instructor and Marine Facilities staff member Chris Simon, Paul Van Dyke, and Carter Holliday as a 23rd-hour addition to the crew when his prior team opted not to compete due to the ominous weather forecast. 

For complete results, crew lists, video, and other information about the 2016 Bermuda Race, please visit the event website.

Photo by Parry Pickthall / PPL Media

Warrior Won sails away from Newport at the start of the 
2016 Bermuda Race. Photo courtesy Billy Black.

LYC junior sailor Joost-Olan Sheehan mans a winch on Warrior Won
after a brief storm in the Mid Atlantic.

Pauline Dowell Wins 2016 Robie Pierce
One-Design Regatta

June 5, 2016

Pauline Dowell, a blind sailor who lives aboard a boat in Boston Harbor, won the 2016 Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta for sailors with disabilities sailed June 3-5 at Larchmont Yacht Club and co-hosted by American Yacht Club. Dowell’s success was shared with her all-Boston crew comprised of Christian Thaxton and sighted guide Kay Van Valkenburgh. After winning three of the of six races and taking a second in another, Dowell ended with a three-point lead over 2014 Blind Sailing World Champion and fellow Bostonian Matt Chao. Chao was sailing with Larchmont Yacht Club’s Bill Blanchard and able bodied sailor (AB) Bud Heerde. In third was Ted King (Brentwood, NH) with crew Jim Scott (Portsmouth, NH) and AB Bill Sandberg (Annapolis, MD).
The three-day event found sixteen specially adapted Ideal 18s sailing six races on Long Island Sound off Larchmont Harbor. Despite the competition and the sailors’ spirit being high, the weather didn’t cooperate as was hoped. On Friday, sailing was postponed on shore for over an hour until a light southeasterly wind arrived. LYC PRO Cynthia Parthemos and her race committee managed to run three races with Chao taking the opener and Dowell the next two. Saturday’s sailing was again postponed on shore awaiting wind with another pair of heats run before the breeze ultimately died. Of note, on Saturday first-time Robie skipper, 14 year-old Tilghman Powers (NYC/Oxford, MD) sailing with Owen Zimmerman (New Rochelle, NY) and Tilghman’s father Philip made his first mark on adaptive sailing. As the wind was dying, Tilghman managed to hold off the competition to win the fifth race.
Sunday, severe thunderstorms were predicted yet a final race was able to be completed before the heavens opened-up.
This year marked the eighth Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta’ named after one of the founding fathers of adaptive sailing. Over the years, the Robie has become one of the country’s foremost regattas for sailors with disabilities. This year with the inclusion of the Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational Regatta, over fifty sailors with disabilities were on the water over the weekend. Add to that headcount the 50+ volunteers from Larchmont and American Yacht Clubs plus community supporters, and this represents one of North America’s largest adaptive regattas.
The Women’s Invitational, sailed Thursday, June 2, included five races sailed stadium style inside Larchmont Harbor. Tracy Schmitt (Toronto, ON) and crew MiKayla Briere and LYC AB Alison Puleo bested the 6-boat fleet with a near perfect scoreline.
As with all seven previous Robie Pierce regattas, the turnout of LYC and AYC volunteers is inspiring. Led by LYC Co-Chair Buttons Padin and AYC Co-Chairs Siobhan Reilly and Bill Sandberg, over 50 LYC and AYC members were involved in the event with roles ranging from boat adaptation set-up and housing to registration and safety patrol. “The Robie team is a force with which to contend,” said Padin, “and the selfless hours donated to the event by our Club volunteers is keenly appreciated by the disabled sailors, their caregivers, and families.”
The sailors, committee, volunteers and supporters would like to acknowledge the support of Heineken USA, Mercedes Benz of New Rochelle, Keurig Green Mountain, and Burke Rehabilitation and Research.
For results and more information about  the Robie Pierce One-Design and Women’s Invitational Regattas:

2016 Winners: Ed Padin, Siobhan Reilly, Kay Van Vulkenberg, Pauline Dowell, Mark Bos, Bill Sandberg

Chris Kramer and Lenny Sitar Winners at Larchmont Yacht Club Edlu Race

May 14, 2016

The Larchmont Yacht Club hosted its 61st annual Edlu Race on Long Island Sound Saturday with the fleet being confronted by a range of conditions during the day. The start of this 32-mile race was delayed for an hour as competitors awaited the expected southerly to fill in. The first classes to start favored the Connecticut shore, hoping to catch the anticipated southerly overshoot. By the time the larger classes started, reports from area airports predicted stronger winds on the Long Island shore, and that made the difference. For the IRC division that started after a second postponement, those who played the Long Island shore longer and more aggressively on the reach out to the turning mark ended up winning. By the time the fleet reached the halfway mark, the race that started as a drifter had become a jib reach to the finish with winds in excess of 20 knots.
In the end, it was Chris Kramer (Rye, NY) sailing his C-32 Six Brothers to victory in the combined PHRF divisions and winning the Edlu Trophy for best overall performance. Lenny Sitar (Holmdel, NJ), sailing his veteran J/44 Vamp, won the tough IRC division and, with it, the Nyala Trophy. 
There is an interesting back story to this year’s Edlu Race. As has been the case with many regattas, the level of participation for the Edlu had been languishing in recent years. This year, however, under the guidance of Event Chair Bud Heerde, PRO Dick York, and the Club’s Yachting Committee, a concerted effort was made to invigorate this historic race. In addition to excellent racing, this year’s Edlu featured a sailors’ after-party at the Club where complimentary food, beer, and rum drinks were accompanied by music on the Club’s front lawn. Effective planning and promotion resulted in sixty-one boats entered, an increase of 40% over the previous year with entries in IRC, PHRF, Double-handed, and Non-spinnaker divisions.

Click here for full results.

Bud Heerde and Lenny Sitar

Bud Heerde with Chris Kramer

Sailors' After-Party

Ghost Panda Wins 2016 Viper 640 Atlantic Coast Championship at Charleston Race Week

April 15-17, 2016

Team Ghost Panda from LYC, with Peter Beardsley, his wife Rachel, Jay Rhame, and his fiancée Rachel Daugherty, handily won the 2016 Viper 640 Atlantic Coast Championship. The Championship was sailed as part of the Sperry Charleston Race Week from April 15-17. This is the first Atlantic Coast Championship win for the crew.

Ghost Panda posted a dominating scoreline, with all firsts and seconds through the first two days. Keeping the Panda crew on its toes was Zeke Horowitz, also from Larchmont Yacht Club and the College of Charleston Yacht Club with Brendan Healy, Katie Gluskin, and Seppie McAdams as crew. Horowitz’s four bullets kept him in the hunt, but a couple of deeper results meant that Ghost Panda only needed to finish within four points of Horowitz in Race 9 on Sunday to avoid needing to sail the final race of the 10-race series.

The conditions were perfect for Viper 640s: three days of winds between 15 and 20 knots from the northeast, making for one of the most consistently windy Charleston Race Weeks in recent memory. That being said, with the temperatures in the mid 50s most of the time and the fabled Charleston Harbor current to contend with, this was a true test of sailing skill with planing conditions in play throughout the regatta and, when sailing against the current in the afternoon, made the beats seriously long.

There are some interesting things to note about this Atlantic Coast Championship victory:

  • This was the first time the ACC was won by a crew sailing 4-up
  • This is the first time the ACC was won by a crew including two women
  • This is the first time the ACC was won by an all-Corinthian crew

Also at Charleston Race Week from Larchmont Yacht Club were Megan Pletsch, skippering an all-women Viper crew aboard Blackout Proposal to a fifth place finish, and Jason Carroll skippering a Melges 24 with LYC’s Chad Corning and Danny Pletsch on board.  Carroll’s Argo finished fourth in a hotly competed Melges 24 fleet.

Full results: Yacht Scoring 
Photos: Photo Boat Gallery  |  Tim Wilkes Portfolio 

Ghost Panda planing past Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.
Photo courtesy Allen Clark/

LYC Juniors Qualify for High School Fleet Racing National Championship

April 2016

Mamaroneck High School's Sailing Team, led by several LYC junior sailors, qualified for the Interscholastic Sailing Association's fleet racing national championship for the first time last weekend.  The Sailing Tigers placed third at the Mid Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association's qualifier for the Mallory Trophy, sailed at Oyster Bay's Waterfront Center.  The team, which practices after school at LYC, will compete in Charleston, South Carolina in mid May for the national championship.  LYC juniors on the team include Molly Banks, Carmen Cowles, Emma Cowles, Bo Eaves, Emma Kaneti, Lizzy Kaplan, Katie Lawless, and Guy Santee.  

Results: Interscholastic Sailing Association


LYC Finishes Third at Baldwin Cup

April 10, 2016

The LYC team at the Baldwin Cup Team Race at Newport Harbor Yacht Club placed third in the regatta, which finished on Sunday, April 10. The eight LYC sailors (Cardwell Potts/ Kendra Emhiser, Clay Bischoff/ Jennifer Potts, Danny Pletsch/ Tori Porter, and Zeke Horowitz/ Megan Pletsch) sailed four Harbor 20’s in a “stadium-style” set up, which enabled easy spectating and commentary from land.
The 4-on-4 team racing was a departure from the 3-on-3 style that most sailors are used to. The extra two boats on the course can lead to exciting racing, due to the less-stable combinations and more potential for confusion, often with races not being decided until the last 50 yards. In total, ninety-six sailors competed on twelve teams in over one hundred and twenty races during the three-day regatta held in Newport Beach, California.  After two days of variable wind along with fog, rain and mist, the sailors were greeted on their final day by the typical sunny southern California weather and 6-10 knots of breeze they’ve come to expect at this event. 

LYC was in third place with a 6-2 record after Day 1 of the regatta, behind the two home teams, NHYC Thunder and NHYC Lightning, but moved up to second place by the end of Day 2, behind NHYC Thunder. After placing second in the Gold Series, LYC advanced straight to the Semifinal Series, but were bested by NHYC Lightning in a 2-1 series, losing the final race just yards from the finish line. NHYC Lightning advanced to the finals along with NHYC Thunder, leading to a NHYC vs. NHYC finals, for the first time in the event’s history. NHYC Thunder went on to win 2-0.

Scoring, recap videos, blog posts, and photos from the event can be found on the Baldwin Cup website.

2016 Interclub Dinghy Nationals

April 9-10, 2016

LYC's Winter Sailing season ended by hosting the 2016 Interclub Dinghy Nationals this past weekend. The weather ran the gamut, with a puffy easterly on Saturday causing the Race Committee to tuck the 44-boat fleet inside the breakwater to allow for seven chilly races in the rain on short courses, with Sunday's sunnier skies and longer courses featuring large wind shifts and 1.5 knots of flood tide to keep competitors and the Race Committee on their toes over the remaining five races. Jim Bowers and Gaelen Adam from the Winthrop, Massachusetts IC fleet won their record 10th IC National Championship, with LYC teams taking spots two through eight on the podium, with Paul-Jon Patin and Felicity Ryan in second, and event chairman Jay Rhame and Katie Murphy in third. Henry Fernberger, with dad Peter as crew, won the B division, Brouck Anderson and Jack Kneisley won the C division, Ben Cesare and Nicholas Patin won the Masters division, and Jen Rousmaniere of the Winthrop fleet was named the top women's skipper.

Click Here for Results |  Photos by Howie McMichael

Day 1 of the nationals featured cloudy skies, rain and very close finishes.

Bow 717 Jim Bowers and Gaelen Adam showing national champion form winning the boat end of the start.

LYC Aiming to Win the Baldwin Cup
Team Race Again

April 5, 2016

Eight LYC sailors will represent the Club at the annual Baldwin Cup Team Race held from April 8th-10th at Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, CA. Team members Cardwell Potts and Megan Pletsch, Clay Bischoff and Jennifer Potts, Danny Pletsch and Tori Porter, and Zeke Horowitz and Kendra Emhiser will sail Harbor 20’s in a 4-on-4 competition and compete against eleven teams from across the country and the UK. Fellow east coast teams include New York Yacht Club, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club from Oyster Bay, NY, and Yale Corinthian Yacht Club from Branford, CT. 

A perennial favorite at this event, the LYC team won the regatta in 2013, and finished second last year. You can follow the action and cheer on Team LYC in real-time: NHYC has a comprehensive regatta website with features including an HD regatta camera, live scoring updates, photos, videos, and even detailed pages explaining team racing strategy and lingo. 

LYC's Frostbiting the "Rolls Royce" of Winter Sailing

March 3, 2016

"I've always considered Larchmont's setup the Rolls Royce of programs. Boats are kept in a covered pavilion – aptly called the Pandemonium – and carried down to the floats to launch by a team of hired boat carriers. The Race Committee platform, the grey-clapboarded Scorpion, is like no other RC vessel known to racers; the current model sports an upper deck where Nick Langone, head of Winter Sailing, runs his races. The Scorpion is comfortably equipped with a stove, and well provisioned with snacks and beverages. With racing conducted inside the reach of the Larchmont breakwater, sailors are well protected from easterlies and the frequent northerlies." ~ Tom Darling, WindCheck Magazine (March 2016)

Click here to view the full article in WindCheck Magazine (p.52-53)

Photo by Howie McMichael

LYC's Mary Savage Presented US Sailing's
Highest Award

February 9, 2016

On Thursday night, February 9, US Sailing awarded to Mary Savage their highest honor: the prestigious Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy recognizing outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing. The link below will share with you Mary’s full background as provided by US Sailing. In it, you will read how Mary has truly been a ground breaker for women in the sport of sailing, just as she has been at Larchmont Yacht Club.

For example, Mary was one of the very first women to become a US Sailing judge and World Sailing (ISAF) international judge. When the US Sailing Umpire program began in 1990, she was one of the first two women to become an umpire. In 1991, she was the first woman to serve on the then new Racing Rules Committee, and went on to become the first woman to serve as Vice President of US Sailing.

Mary’s accomplishments in her home waters have also been significant including leadership roles in both the Club and the YRA. Reflecting the breadth of her contributions to LYC and the sport of yacht racing, Mary was awarded the Alex Gest Memorial Trophy in 1994—the only woman ever to have received that acknowledgement. She continues to be the Chair of LYC’s renowned Protest Committee. And, in light of her past and ongoing service to the Club and yachting, in 2008 Mary was unanimously elected as an Honorary Member of Larchmont Yacht Club. The good news is that Mary continues to be active in the world of sailboat racing locally, nationally, and internationally, and she continues to inspire young sailors everywhere...both girls and boys.

Previous LYC members awarded the
Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy:
1998 Arthur J. Wullschleger
1985 Arthur Knapp, Jr.
1976 Cornelius Shields
1975 Robert N. Bavier, Jr.
1964 Olin J. Stephens, II 

LYC Sailors Sweep Podium at Sarasota Sailing Squadron's Viper Winter Circuit

Sarasota, FL
February 7, 2016

Sailing weekends in December, January, and February, the Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s Winter Circuit has become a mainstay for east coast Viper sailors, and some from the West Coast and Canada. This series is scored in two ways: individual weekend winners and series champions. Key to participation is that over the three weekends, each competitor may drop 30% of their scores so if they couldn’t compete one weekend they aren’t necessarily out of the running.

Summer sailing member, Zeke Horowitz, sailing with long-time crew Brendan Healy and Ian Coleman, won the first and third weekends of sailing including the February 6-7 component. This weekend’s racing, however, was curtailed as 30+ knot winds blew through Sarasota on Sunday keeping the boats ashore. With a score line in Saturday’s five races of 8-2-2-1-1, Horowitz nipped Peter Beardsley, Jay Rhame, and Rachel Daugherty by a single point. Beardsley finished second for the series, and Danny and Megan Pletsch, sailing with Rachel Beardsley and Becca Liggins, were third for the finale and fifth overall. Third place for the series went to Henry and Barb Amthor from Hampton Yacht Club, sailing with David Eberwine. Click here for results.

Christopher Dragon Winner at Quantum Key West Race Week

January 18-22, 2016

Andrew and Linda Weiss’ Sydney 43 Christopher Dragon turned in a dominating performance at Key West Race Week put on by the Storm Trysail Club (Jan 18-22).Christopher Dragon’s week started off a bit shaky in the first race when its huge A2 spinnaker blew out at the first windward mark of Race 1. Quick crew work set the back-up A2, but Christopher Dragon finished second on corrected time by 30 seconds. That would be the only miscue of the week for the team.  Over the next eight races sailed in chilly, blustery conditions in Key West’s bright blue waters, Christopher Dragon ran the table, leading at every mark and winning all eight races.  Aboard with Andrew and Linda were LYC members Butch Ulmer as tactician, Buttons Padin, and Patrick Johnson.

Also at KWRW and keeping the regatta humming were: LYC’s Nick Langone on the Division 1 race committee and Whitney Kneisley, the STC’s Executive Director, who managed all shore-side activities.

For full results click here.

LYC Members Playing Major Roles at Key West Race Week

January 20, 2016

A number of LYC members are participating in this year’s Quantum Key West Race Week, sponsored by the Storm Trysail Club. LYC’s Whitney Kneisley is the Executive Director of the STC and is managing the complex shore side operations. In addition, Nick Langone, a former STC Commodore, was instrumental in STC taking control of Key West Race Week after long-time organizers Premiere Racing stepped down, and is on the Division One signal boat. On the racecourse, LYC is well represented by Andrew and Linda Weiss's Christopher Dragon, with fellow LYC members Butch Ulmer, Buttons Padin, and Patrick Johnson as score. Christopher Dragon leads IRC Division 2 with a 2-1-1 on Day 1 (Day 2 racing was cancelled due to excessive winds). LYC’s Jack Walsh, now living in Naples, FL, is at Key West also sailing on the J/100 Skyfall

Follow the Key West results here.

LYC Sailors Continue Hot Streak in Florida

January 2016

LYC sailors were at the top of the scoreboard in three different classes January 9-10 in Florida. Jay Rhame, Peter Beardsley and Rachel Beardsley came from behind on Ghost Panda to win the second Viper 640 Winter Series event in Sarasota by six points over summer sailing member Zeke Horowitz. The regatta featured nine races over two days in a mix of conditions, with stiff chop and planing conditions on Sunday.  Results
A few miles north, John & Molly Baxter sailed their J70 Vineyard Vines to a regatta win in lighter conditions in Tampa Bay off Davis Island YC. The Baxters, with Chad Corning, also won the first J70 circuit event in December 2015.  Results.
Across the state in Miami, Senet & Clay Bischoff placed ninth out of 57 in a very competitive Etchells fleet at the Sidney Doren Memorial Regatta.  Results.
This weekend, Jason Carroll will compete in the Lauderdale to Key West Race on his Gunboat 62, Elvis, and the following week, several LYC sailors will compete at Key West Race Week, led by Andrew and Linda Weiss on Christopher Dragon
Photo: Viper 222 Ghost Panda planes through the fleet on Saturday.