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This is where all the great information from one design racing can be posted.  Please send the YRA office any information you have - it could be the great party after racing, the strange wind conditions on LIS (yeah, right!), comments about the actual race (no slamming other competitors), or something funny that happened.  This is YOUR page.  

Fleets racing in Long Island Sound include:

Atlantics, Beneteau 36.7s, Ensigns, Etchells, Flying Scots, Ideal 18s, Interclubs, IODs, J-24s, J-70s, J-80s, J-88s, J-92s, J-105s, J-109s, J-44, JY-15s, K-6s, Lasers, Lightnings, Manhasset Bay One Designs, Rhodes 19, S Class, Shields, Sonars, Soverel 33s, Stars, Sunfishes, Thistles, Vanguard 15s, and  Viper 640s.   

Let's hear about your experiences, and get some ACTION going!  


From the Desk of Rich Rubel,  YRALIS One Design Programs


Dear One-design Fleet Capts, By now our boats and yacht clubs are most likely commissioned and we have signed up for our spring and summer series races.  Having heard from a few of the one-design Fleet Captains, we’ve updated the YRA Race Program with new and even more one-design fleet contact information. I hope that you have received and are enjoying the new Race Program.


At the outset of this sailing season, I’ll take this opportunity to

restate my appeal to all of you (doesn’t matter if you are new in the job or an old hand at running your class), that the YRA of LIS wants to promote your one-design sailing and your fleet’s activities. We want to get your pictures, stories, scores and whatnot to place on the YRA website. Populating the one-design section of the YRA website is a good indicator of strong fleet activity to promote your class, e.g., it can help those who may be scouting out a one-design fleet to join, or maybe looking for a crewing opportunity. To paraphrase the NY Times: all the news that fits, we’ll print!


You or your fleet members may have also availed yourselves to the YRA sponsored seminars that we conducted back in March. It was a busy spring season, with many to choose from, mainly because this is a new Racing Rules year with additional information to impart. But in the “non-rules” years, what is it you’d like to learn about? We need to hear from the one-design sailors so that we can present programs that you’d like to attend. Please feel free and tell us what you think would be of interest to your members. One idea is to have a one-design symposium and feature speakers from the different classes that sail on the Sound, so that we may learn about each other’s boats and racing programs. So, give this some thought and let us know what’s needed and how our featured speaker events can better serve our one-design community.


Have you also heard about the growing interest in the _YRA’s Youth Challenge Cup_? This worthwhile program is not only for the PHRF sailors, but in fact is most likely already occurring with one-design keel boat fleets. Because it is a great path for young sailors to transition into bigger boats after their junior programs and extends to college aged sailors as well, it is something the YRA is promoting and making easier for boats to qualify.  Checkout our website to see how easy it is.


Lastly, the YRA is working on making this year’s YRA Championship Regatta on August 5 & 6 better than last year’s.  With seven one-design classes last year, there’s plenty of room to add a few more and flesh out the fleets already attending. Again, let us know of any interest you have in attending this year’s Champs and we can make it happen.


That’s all for now. I look forward to speaking further with you and gaining greater insights into the healthy and diverse one-design sailing programs on LIS. Thanks for all your participation and support.


Sail fast, sail safe,  Rich


Rich Rubel

YRALIS One Design Programs

Days 212 630-7240

Eves 631 754-0891

Fax 212 630-7757

Steve Benjamin Rocks Larchmont Yacht Club*

Larchmont Yacht Club hosted a talk by Steve Benjamin on March 3rd, and the event was well-attended by members of LYC as well as by Etchells Fleet 1 members! Steve talked about growing up sailing and his early life, and then gave some insights into how he sails his Etchells as well as his other programs. 

Steve approaches the sport with an intense and voracious appetite for testing, retesting and recording results of different experiments. Cataloging the rig settings, sea state and wind ranges, battens and sail twist and trim along with performance in Excel spreadsheets, he assesses what works and what doesn’t. Testing and extensive practice helps perfect his performance. 

Steve remarked that he is really enjoying his Etchells campaigning, and he looks forward to participating more in the Class. He, along with International Etchells Class governor and Fleet 1 member Senet Bischoff and Michael Gavin, are actively supporting younger members in the Class, by offering teams with all members younger than 25 years old – as of 1 Jan 2017 -- the chance to sail Etchells at some of the US regattas. They plan to send one or two of these youth teams to the Gertrude Cup in Cowes at the end of July. 

We look forward to seeing more of “Benj”, especially at the final event of the Atlantic Series during Larchmont Race Week. The Atlantic Series consists of:

·       June 2-4: US National Championship, NYYC, Newport, RI 

·       June 24-25: Atlantic Coast Championship, Shelter Island YC, Shelter Island, NY

·       July 8-9: Narragansett Bay Championship, Sail Newport, Newport, RI

·       July 15-16: Long Island Sound Championship, Larchmont YC, Larchmont, NY 

Scoring for the series will be based on the results from the US National Championship plus the best results from two of the three other events. The series promises to be well attended with great venues, superb events and easy logistics. Come and enjoy some of the most competitive racing with some really great people.

For more information, see or, the website home of Etchells sailing in Western Long Island Sound.

*This article is a shortened version of one that appears on the website.

2017 Letter from Rich Rubel, YRA One Design Director

With the change of calendar and holidays behind us, I trust that are we beginning to think about sailing (if we are not currently frostbiting) and getting ready for the 2017 sailing season.  

I am again writing to request updated information on your One-Design Fleets, your Fleet Captain contact info and any website links you may have for your clubs’ classes of boats.  If your fleet is not listed in the attached lists, i.e., Fleet Contacts and Frostbite Fleets, please feel free to provide that information so that it may be published in the upcoming YRALIS 2017 Racing Program.  

Additionally, I know that race committee chairpersons are transitioning into their new positions, as are some flag officers and that calendars are now being drafted for the coming year.  I have also attached a draft calendar for 2017 One-Design regattas that mostly contains the events (and dates) you ran in 2016; these are identified by the smaller font size, as opposed to the updated 2017 info that is larger and bolded.  I would appreciate receiving confirmations and updated information on these or other events you are planning to run this year.  Again, please check the dates, classes of boats that are sailing and the number of years of the race’s running. 

As I indicated last year, I’m most interested in hearing what’s going on with your fleets and getting information to post on our website.  This year the YRA will be investing heavily for website upgrades so that information can be found on the site much easier and made available to the sailors in a more timely fashion.   That’s the plan, which again, requires direct contact from all of you with one-design activities.  And should you have any ideas on how the YRA can better serve your club or fleet, or just have the need to chat about sailing, please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the water.   Cheers!  


Rich Rubel
YRA One Design Director
Days 212 630-7240
Eves 631 754-0891
Fax 212 630-7757

One Design Racing Sailing Instructions

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Please note that One Design Racing Sailing Instrudctions have been added the NOR that can be reached by going to the drop down menu under ONE DESIGN RACING.   You can also reach the SI by clicking on the link below.