LHYC.org                                                                                                                             April 2007

Mission Statement:


The objects of the Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club shall be to encourage and promote interest in, as well as to foster the art and enjoyment of, the sport of sailing by providing the opportunity and means for the development of individual skill and knowledge, encouraging excellence in seamanship and navigation, and by providing participative events wherein these qualities can be exercised under the aegis of the LHYC burgee.



Congratulations to Ronnie Todaro and Mark Bigelow on the adoption of their daughter Alexandra Li. Allie came from China in February and is now 15 months old and keeping the family very busy!


And we mourn the loss of a member, this taken from a Newsday article: When he left their house, Ken Thomson couldn't tell his wife Mary how long he would be out performing routine spring maintenance on the mooring that anchors his boat in Lloyd Harbor but by late that evening Mary knew it had been too long.  Although they recovered the dinghy Ken used to paddle out to the buoy that was to house his 34-foot sailboat, named September, for the boating season, they didn’t find Ken the youthful 79-year old known in Lloyd Harbor for his cut-off shorts, ratty shirts and love of the water. They have since recovered the body and there is now closure for the family. Ken and his family resided in Lloyd Harbor since 1962 with Mary, his high school sweetheart and wife of 58 years, and their children, Martha, Scott, Eric, and Kirk. They joined LHYC in the early years and remained members ever since. "It's hard to mourn him because if he could have scripted an ending this was the way it would have been," said Mary.

         This spring we had several speakers to spark our interest in the upcoming season. Pat Healy came to speak to us again regarding weather patterns and how to use them to your advantage on the racecourse. Bill Kirkpatrick gave us an introductory course / review on being a part of the Race Committee. Now we are all ready and raring to go as soon as the boats are…


The weatherman was certainly looking out for us for our New Members Party. With sunny skies and warm breezes the party was brought outside where we surrounded the Sunfish bar with friends and fine foods, supplied by our Flag Officers and Board Members. Inside we ran a slideshow of the year’s events from Frost Biting thru the Awards Dinner up on the big screen TV. We welcomed the 3 new members previously announced at our Annual Meeting, and our newest members Jay and Gabriella Meyer. Special thanks go to Elicia LaPorta for her painstaking work on making custom sailboat cookies with boat names and sail numbers on them.


Frostbiting Season wrapped up with the first Long Island JY Championship. What was more like a summer day than a frostbiting event, CYC sponsored the first LI JY Championship for 17 boats coming from Breakwater YC in Sag Harbor and the Snapper Inn (Wet Pants Sailing Assoc.) from the Connetquot River, Oakdale.  Seven CYC sailors (4 of which are also LHYC members) were out representing our JY Fleet 104, but alas we were out sailed by the Snapper Inn guys, whose 1, 3, 4, 8 and 10 positions, totaling 26 points beat our 37 points.  The day started off well with nice pressure out of the NE, swinging around a little to the north and then back, but we still managed to get in five races with that dying breeze.  That last leg of the last race we were fortunate that we did not get sunstroke given the grueling effort to finish.  All in all the CYC team of Steve Andrews as PRO, RC team of Chris Schneider, Al Rosanes, Leigh Sterflinger and Art Kelly deserve our thanks and kudos for a job extremely well done.  I would also like to congratulate the team of Brian Simkins and new crew Patrick Jacobitti who sailed beautifully and placed second overall, missing first place by one point.  I would also like to thank Club Manager Scott LaFreniere and his staff for the hospitality extended the JY fleet of visiting sailors.  We showed our guests a great day on the water and a warm welcome (with cold beers) at Centerport Yacht Club.  Thank you sailors for coming out and for any one I might have missed who contributed to making a great regatta at CYC.

~ Rich Rubel



Finally, as you all know we run our race program with the help of the many volunteers who give up a day of racing to run our Race Committee.  IT IS WHAT MAKES IT ALL POSSIBLE!!  
For those who step up each season - our thanks - and keep up the good work!  If you have not run a race recently or at all - you are missing a fun and rewarding experience and I urge you to take the plunge.  We will be offering an RC refresher and MELROSE orientation early in the season.  Check out the website for open dates and contact me ASAP.
Send in your registrations early and let your fleet captain know if there is anything he can do to help make this another great LHYC racing season!  ~ Joe Scarpulla


Upcoming Events


May 20th       Spring Series – three races in one exciting day

May 23rd       Summer Series begins – entries accepted thru

May 23rd 7pm – The Huntington Yacht Club – “MEET THE COMMODORE’S NIGHT” All members invited to attend this event to meet and mingle with our Government Officials, Club Commodores, officers, members of our local clubs and all of your fellow recreational boaters! See www.huntingtonboatingcouncil.org  for more information.

May 25-28    Memorial Day Cruise to American Yacht Club and Rye Playland – join us by boat or by car

May 28th       Commissioning Raft-Up @ the club mooring in Lloyd 1600 hours

June 1st        Women’s Spirit Race

June 2nd        Huntington Bay Championship – Lloyds Trophy

June 8th        Commodore’s Cup

June 9-10th   J24 Midsound Regatta

June 30-July 7th       4th of July Cruises






FYI – there is a box down at the Willis Marine Center sales office for LHYC that contains sailing videos and other information to share with the membership. Feel free to borrow and return in a timely fashion for others to enjoy!  Video’s of the 2005/2006 Volvo Ocean Race and the Acura Miami 2007 Race Week have been added to the library.

 Looking for crew? Want to be crew? – Look for opportunities in the Boats and Crew section of the website or contact the webmaster@LHYC.org know and he’ll put up your ad.

 We still have transom stickers available at $5 a piece – put them on your boat or on your car and show your Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club pride!



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Proud to be at the helm,

Leigh Sterflinger

LHYC Commodore



Where did that come from?  Ever wonder where certain terms came from?

There are terms with nautical origins that are used every day.


 Hotshot…(a show-off)

Iron cannon balls were sometimes heated in galley fires and carried in buckets to different parts of the ship to provide a bit of warmth on cold, damp nights at sea. According to a popular but incorrect belief, this practice gave rise to the colloquialism hotshot. Today, a hotshot is one who is skillful, but showy and aggressive – an allusion to a reckless, bold, hothead who shoots a firearm eagerly and enthusiastically


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