More and more races are sponsoring Double-Handed divisions for both short and long distance races. And with each boat only needing two people we could theoretically grow the number of entrants many fold. Stamford Yacht Club even has a weekend regatta just for us. My advice to anyone considering double-handing is to give it a try. You may get hooked just like I did. MORE
LET’S GO HAVE SOME FUN WITH THE FAMILY
Do you remember the days when sailing was a family affair? Do you remember when it was OK to camp out on the boat during Block Island Race Week? Do you remember when getting two races in on a single day was a very big deal? Do you remember when spouses and kids were a normal part of the crew? Do you remember when it was OK to ask the crew to chip in for housing or, heaven forbid, buy their own drink bracelets…. When the subject of growing our sport comes up in conversation (and it frequently does), I always think back to when I, along with a dozen teenage friends, fell in love with big-boat sailing. We all loved being on water, but we also loved the social scene when the sailing day was over. Not one of us would ever miss an event. MORE
Our sport of sailboat racing, in the eyes of our national media, has become irrelevant and barely gets a mention other than updates about the America’s Cup or sensationalist stories when casualties occur during a race. The New York Times used to have a weekly Sunday sports section column on sailing written by Herb McCormick but no more. Sports Illustrated’s last cover story on sailing was in 1987, a picture of Dennis Connor and Ronald Reagan holding high the silver cup. MORE
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The 2014 YRA Handicap Racing Program
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2014 YRALIS PHRF and One-Design Championships
American YC/Indian Harbor YC/Riverside YC
August 2-3, 2014
A Weekend of Great Racing at the 2014 YRA PHRF and One-Design Champs
Who says there is no wind on Long Island Sound in August? The YRA 2014 PHRF and One-Design Championships totally put an end to that myth on August 2-3. The winds on Saturday reached to about 18-20 knots, with higher gusts. One Viper turtled, another Viper lost a man overboard (quickly recovered). It was wild and wooly, and a very wet ride. So when the racers came on land after racing, you might think they'd be tired, injured, maybe even quiet. NOT this group. They headed first for the bar and grabbed a table and the war stories began. Isn't wind wonderful? The party was a happy place. On Sunday the winds diminished somewhat and by around 3 pm Mother Nature started thinking of packing it in. All circles got in enough racers so there was one throw out.
Top boats in each division:
Etchells: 1. Sandy Weil/Markus Lahrkamp, Ice Nine, 2. John McConnell, Frisbee, 3. Henry Gaillard, Flame. IOD: 1. Jennifer Miller, Topaz, 2. Wells Bacon, Black Arrow, 3. Ed Briganti, Dark Horse. Shields: 1. Fred Werblow, Checkmate, 2. Justin Gibbons, Sandpiper, 3. Thomas O’Brien, Swamp Fox. S-Boats: 1. Kirsty Scott, Eaglet, 2. Sean Park, Dilemma, 3. Richard Beck, Iroquois. Ideal 18: 1 Michael Millard, Whiskey, 2. Elise Ingalls Swanton, Papa, 3. John Cutting, Foxtrot. Laser: 1 Lawrence McGrath, Mighty Mouse, 2. Jean-Yves Fillion, JY Fillion, 3. Oliver Repenning, Laser 175553. J70: 1. Peter Duncan, Relative Obscurity, 2. Scott and Alex Furnary, Any Colour, 3. Carrie and Ed Austin, Chinook. PHRF I (<74): 1. Adam Loory, Soulmates, 2. Roger Widmann, Quintessence. PHRF II (75-100): 1. William Purdy, Whirlwind, 2. Frederick Heerde, Maudelayne. PHRF III (101-115): 1. Tom and Julie Sinatra, Smokin’ J, 2. Christian Uecker, Hound Dog. PHRF IV (>115): 1. Richard Correll, Loki 3, 2. Jason Viseltear, Upsetter. PHRF Navigator: 1. Christopher Schneider, Rascal, 2. John Stomber, Mariah. Complete Scores: YachtScoring:
Lawrence McGrath, Mighty Mouse, was the Indian Harbor Inner Circle Winner and won the Henry Anderson Trophy (Quarterfinals for the US Singlehanded Championship). Danny Pletsch and Cardwell Potts, Blackout Proposal, won the Indian Harbor Sport Boat Circle and the Commodore Hipkins Trophy (USS ladder trophy for men’s multi-handed racing), which they also won in 2013. The Riverside YC Circle Winner was William Purdy, Whirlwind.
Many thanks to Riverside YC, Vineyard Vines and Landfall Navigation for sponsoring this year’s event. Also thanks to Jay Rhame and Gino Bottino, Event Chairs, with help from YRA President Charlie Powers, YRA board members Ken Hall and Charles Goodrich, and Andrea Watson, Ex. Secretary. Additional thanks to our four PROs: George Petrides, AYC, Zeke Howowitz, IHYC (One-design) and Jeff Merz, IHYC (Sport Boat), and Richard Kosinski, RYC. Thanks to Bob Counihan, Scorer and Bill Baxter, Protest Chair. And, of course, many thanks to Courtney Wetzel, Riverside Asst. Manager and her terrific crew.
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Lincoln F. Schoenberger at the 2013 YRA Annual Meeting last December.
Left to right: Linc Schoenberger, Rich Gold, Charlie Powers, YRA President
Lincoln F. Schoenberger died at home in Shelton on May 19, 2014, after having been diagnosed with a brain tumor in January 2013. He was 65.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Kirsten, and his incredible children, Kate (Gordie Weissman), Max (Jenn Schoenberger), and Carina (Steven Steer). He is also survived by his greatly adored grandchildren, Malcolm and Claudia Weissman, and Bodhi Teufel.
He worked for OEM Controls, Inc., in many capacities, for over 34 years.... He was a soldier, sailor, tinkerer, production manager, carpenter, and lawyer, but mostly he loved to race sailboats and belonged to many sailing organizations and clubs, including Fayerweather Yacht Club, Cedar Point Yacht Club, Windjammers Sailing Club, Off Soundings Club, Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association, Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound, and US Sailing.
The YRALIS recognized Linc by presenting him with the Ned Anderson Achievement Award at the 2013 YRA Annual Meeting. This award is the YRA’s highest honor, recognizing outstanding service by an individual to yacht racing on Long Island Sound. The award, established in 1961 and first awarded to Briggs Cunningham, is given to nominees who are amateur sailors who sail on LIS and are members of the YRA.
If anyone deserves recognition for his lifelong contributions to the cause of furthering fair and safe competition in offshore sailing, it is Lincoln Schoenberger. His commitment to the betterment of PHRF handicap racing over the years has been notable.
Sailing since he was ten years old, Linc is best known as the skipper of a Wyliecat 30 named One Up. His on-the-water sailing accomplishments are many…but it is his commitment to the sport of sailing that is outstanding. He is a member of Cedar Point Yacht Club where he served as a Board of Governor, Fayerweather Yacht Club, Windjammers Sailing Club and Off Soundings Club. He has served as a volunteer on the race committees in countless regattas at these clubs. He is a certified IRC Measurer and US Sailing Club Race Officer. In 2003, Schoenberger became Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association’s (ECSA) Chief Handicapper and served in that capacity until 2011. During that time he was instrumental and the driving force behind the development of the web based ECSA PHRF automated handicapping application process, which remains active. He also served as the chief handicapper of the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound and is recognized nationally for serving on US Sailing’s PHRF Board. In 2011, he became the Rear Commodore of the ECSA Board of Directors. His love of sailing has been shared with young sailors as well in the Cedar Point Yacht Club Junior PHRF sailing program. He loaned One Up to the team to sail in overnight races with him aboard as a safety advisor and enjoyed helping them start their journeys.
A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at the Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street, in Shelton, CT. Lincoln’s family will begin receiving visitors at 2:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Bryn Athyn, PA later this summer.
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2014 Taylor Trophy
The 2014 YRALIS Match Racing Championship for the Taylor Trophy has a winner. The team of Chris Johannessen and Wes Bemus,(7 wins) Cedar Point YC, beat Jonathan Hammond and Madeline Gill, Oakcliff Sailing Center in the last race of the day. Third was Benjamin Gent and Chris Bigos, New York YC. Both Hammond and Gent had 5 wins each but the tie-breaker went to Hammond. The day brought many surprises with predictions of who might win dashed as the racing continued. David Storrs, Pequot YC, won this event in 2012 and there was no race in 2013. Sailed in Ideal 18 at Larchmont YC, the competition was the best ever for the Taylor Trophy, thanks to Dave Perry who held a match racing clinic the day before at LYC.
A special shout out to Cynthia Parthemos, PRO, Larchmont YC, John May, LYC Race Committee Chair, and Larchmont YC. Also thanks to Bill Simon, Oakcliff Sailing Center, Chief Umpire, with his team of Bill Siener, Ron Stattel, Sue Reilly, Bam Miller, Kyra Goldsmith, Michael Quaglio and Danielle Gallo. Finally, thanks to the Taylor Trophy committee: Andrea Watson, Cynthia Parthemos, David Storrs and Doug Shannon! Many hours were spent by all the above to make this regatta a huge success. Thank you...thanks... merci
Final Results: 1.Chris Johannessen, 2. Jon Hammond, 3. Benjamin Gent, 4. Doug Wefer, Sea Cliff YC, 5. Derek Webster, Larchmont YC, 6. David Storrs, Pequot YC, 7. Doug Shannon, Oakcliff Sailing Center, 8. Bahar Gidwani, Mamaroneck Frostbite Association.
For photos of the event, taken by Andrea Watson, please click HERE
Hahn and Russell Win The Queen’s Cup -
Trophy stays at American YC for Fifth Consecutive Year
On July 12th, women and girls took to the waters south of AYC to compete in this year’s Long Island Sound Sailing Championship. The Queen’s Cup, a YRA event sailed in Ideal 18s, is open to all amateur yachtswomen who are at least 18 years of age.
The racers who arrived Saturday morning were greeted with a warm, sunny day and very little breeze. Nine teams representing seven YRALIS member clubs from around the Sound were ready to vie for The Queen’s Cup. AYC fielded two teams: defending champion Clemmie Everett with crew Katie Barton and the 2010 winners, Alix Hahn and Carolyn Russell.
PRO Sheila Cameron and her committee had to postpone until the Southeasterly breeze filled in to about 4 knots before setting the course and the first race for the Queen’s Cup was started at 11:11am. After the first race, wind shifts forced the RC to reset the course and by early afternoon a solid Southwesterly breeze at 8 to 10 knots finally settled in and held. With six races sailed, the competitors earned a much appreciated throw-out race.
Results for the 2014 Queen’s Cup:
- Alix Hahn/Carolyn Russell, American YC
- Nancy White/Cherly Leary, Larchmont YC
- Pam Washington/Caroline Romans, Larchmont YC
- Clemmie Everett/Katie Barton, American YC
- Lisa Thornton, Black Rock Yacht Club/Andree Pruett, Riverside YC
- Laurie Jones/Anne Munkenbunk, Norwalk YC
- Karin Nye/Karen Lau, Indian Harbor YC
- Ruth Gretz/Beth Forbes, Indian Harbor YC
- Katie Morgan/Laura Wirpsza, Noroton YC
Special thanks go to Event Chairs Clemmie Everett, Alix Hahn and Carolyn Russell, Race Committee members Pam Barry, Maeve Fegan, Skip Gaillard, Libby Jelliffe, John Johnson, Anne O’Brien, Brian Powers, Doreen Wray Roth, Tony Weiner, and Cheryl Young for their terrific work on land and on the water. Several of the competitors remarked that it was a great regatta – that says it all!
Submitted by Sheila Cameron
To see photos by Doreen Wray Roth, click HERE
YRA NEW WEBSITE
The YRA is developing a "one stop shopping" website that will combine member payments and the online PHRF system all in one website. The website will be available early next year. You will receive an email notification when the site is up and running! This new website will streamline the entire process. We are looking forward to offering you this new and improved website as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we need to continue using the old system. To receive a 2014 PHRF certificate - new, renewal with changes, renewal without changes - see below. It is the same process as last year.
2014 PHRF Certificates
The process for obtaining a YRA Certificate:
1. Join the YRA as an Active Member with PHRF ($125) to request a new PHRF certificate or to renew with changes or without changes to an existing PHRF. Remember your User ID and password.
2. Once paid, wait a day and log onto phrf.yralis.org Enter the same User ID you used to pay for your membership but create a new password. Redeem your coupon.
3. Follow instructions for renewing a boat or for obtaining a certificate for a new boat. If you have never had a YRA PHRF certificate, then ask for a PHRF for a new boat.
4. If changes to your boat or new boat, you will be given name and email of handicapper.
5. If a renewal with no changes, just download and save to your computer.
5. Once your boat is rated, you will be able to view, download, print and save your PHRF by going to www.yralis.org. On top of homepage, go to Racing, PHRF Certificate List.
6. Questions? Call the YRA office (516-767-9240) or email: email@example.com
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