www.LHYC.org                                                                                                   February 2010

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.



As your newly elected commodore I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support and for the trust you have placed in me. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of so many who have given their time and dedication to the club.  I promise to do my best to carry on in the best tradition of commodores past and to faithfully support the mission of the LHYC.   It is truly an honor and a privilege to represent our club and our burgee.


As for our outgoing commodore and newly commissioned past commodore – Rich Rubel – I would like to again extend our thanks for his two solid years of leadership in addition to his many years of service. Rich’s love of sailing and sense of duty to the club is evident in the tremendous personal effort he has shown and continues to provide on behalf of the club. (Enlisting the help of his family on many occasions – thank you Janet, Mia and Chloe).  Rich has shown great fiscal responsibility and our club is in excellent financial shape – ensuring our viability for years to come.   His vigilant effort to have LHYC maintain its reputation as a premier racing club with participation in LIS events and for running an excellent race program were successful. 




Thanks must also go to all of our board members – those who have been serving the club these past few years and the new members just joining us this year – good luck and thank you for your help in advance - John Belle, Billy DeCarlo, Bill Maher and Jordan Mindich.


NOW Moving forward:  This year as always we will try to promote racing in the Huntington area and maintain our leadership role in providing some of the best racing in LIS.  You may have heard or possibly seen on our website the advertisement for LHYC’s newly revamped Spring Series – now called “THE RACE FOR THE CASE”.  It is going back to a two day format - May 22 & 23, 2010 and with a starting area near Bell 15 off Lloyd’s Point, we hope it will attract boats from out of the area.  We already have confirmed One Design Classes for J44, J105, J80 and J24’s and interest has been high for other OD fleets as well as the traditional PHRF classes.  The Regatta committee of Doug Vaughn, Dave Willis, Glenn Suss and John Belle have been working hard to pull this event off and we will be looking for lots of help as well as participation.  Stay tuned!


We have been busy working on the rest of the racing and social calendar and more information will follow, but here are a few quick notes.  The SKI TRIP flyer is out and the overnight trip is underway – to Mount Snow, Vermont.  Our March Speaker Series has been scheduled with not just one, but two great events starting with our March 11th program with 2008 Olympian Debbie Capozzi and 2012 Olympic hopeful and our own Erik Storck.  They will talk about their respective experiences.  This is a family event and I hope you will all make every effort to attend.  Our second program with headliner GARY JOBSON will take place on March 24th and should be a fantastic program as usual from Gary.  If you have not seen one of his presentations before it should not be missed and if you have – I know you will be signing up again.  Flyers for both events are attached.  I’d like to thanks our Vice commodore – Steve LaPorta, Rear Commodore David Willis and Fleet Captain John Belle for their efforts to pull these events together for you. The New Members Party will again be held at the Sterfinger Residence (Our unofficial Spring Clubhouse!).  A renewed Friday Night Club Race Series is on the calendar and will be a great social/casual racing event around the harbor and back to the club mooring.  Our Cruising committee has issued a survey which will help us in planning this year’s cruise events.  Please respond so that we may better plan our events – if you have not already done so.


I look forward to getting to work – together with the board and with you the membership to create another successful season of racing, cruising and socializing.  I welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.  Please keep me informed of any news, information or events that you think the membership would be interested in for my inclusion in Telltales.


Thank you again. I am proud and honored to serve.


Warmest regards,  

Joseph Scarpulla

Commodore LHYC



Board Meeting Bullets: The February Board Meeting addressed the following as part of                             our agenda:



Member News        

Presented annually by Premiere Racing, John Storck Jr. was recognized at Key West 2010, as the recipient of the Paul Washburn Award - For The Love of the Sport. Steve Washburn, a Long Beach, Cal., resident and long-time race committee volunteer for Key West, created the special award to honor his youngest son, who passed away suddenly three years ago. Here is a story published in Race Week News:


John Storck Jr., has said on many occasions that it is truly a blessing that his four children have taken to sailing with such enthusiasm. Storck, a resident of Huntington, N.Y., is a lifelong sailor, so it is certainly rewarding to see his kids enjoying spending time on the water capturing the wind as well. However, it is no accident that John III, Erik, Kaity and Ian Storck have come to love sailing as much as their father. All four were introduced to the sport in a positive environment that fostered a passion.


John Storck Jr., and wife Colette, brought each child aboard the family cruiser-racer Jonrob, when they were babies. The kids learned the basic fundamentals of sailing while cruising Long Island Sound aboard the Ericson 39, and were later introduced to the competitive side of the sport as crew for their father when he raced in local events sponsored by Centerport Yacht Club or Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club. "Our kids literally grew up on the Jonrob doing summer cruises and were able to experience sailing in its purest form," Storck said. 


To read the entire article in Tuesday issue Race Week News:http://www.premiere-racing.com/KW10_Results/kw10_race_week_news.htm

Also of note for the Storck family is that US Sailing has announced - 2010 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics New Team of Olympic Hopefuls and includes Erik Storck and his Crew of Trevor Moore sailing the Olympic Class 49er (Men’s Two-Person High Performance Dingy)



Annual Meeting – January 13, 2010 – North Sails Loft

If you were unable to attend our Annual Meeting, you missed a great night where the clubs most coveted (??) awards are given out, new flag officers and board members are voted in and plenty of great socializing took place.  I would again like to thank Chris Bunke for hosting us at the North Sails Loft here in Huntington.  It was a great venue for us all to meet, share in the club sponsored beverages and munchies, and talk sailing.  Here for your review are the winners of those special club awards – a few are dubious in nature, but the last award represents the highest honor our club can present to a member and it went to a truly worthy individual.


BONER AWARD - Breeze Pleeze – Dan Corcoran  

Background Information: The Summer Series registrants were getting antsy.  The series had been plagued by light winds, abandonments or course shortening.  Here, on June 24, was an evening that started promisingly well; the threat of a thunder storm existed, but a fresh breeze out of the east, north east was blowing and the RC was in place and hoping to start us on time.  But alas, no starts could be initiated, because the starting pin was no where to be found.  On close examination, the tip of its flag staff can be seen protruding from the aft end of the aforementioned award winner’s Beneteau 393 and heading north, away from the Melrose .  With 35 other boats waiting for a starting sequence, and tensions mounting, our erstwhile winner started the job of unwrapping the starting pin from his propeller and rudder post allowing for Summer Series Race #6 to commence, albeit 20 minutes late.


For maintaining a proper watch, heeding the SI’s admonition to stay clear of the starting area and for allowing the entire fleet the opportunity to witness said spectacle, catcall and offer as much assistance as we could, this prestigious trophy is hereby awarded.   


GROUNDER AWARD - Liquid Soul - Joe Scarpulla (w/ a little help from his crew) 

This prestigious navigator’s award is awarded for unerring excellence in seamanship, and for the ability to see and understand the lateral system (i.e., red, right, return…). On the last Summer Series' race night, Liquid Soul was observed speeding out of the harbor for pre-race practice, knowing all they had to do was basically finish the race to secure third place in the series.  Heading further up wind (perhaps to facilitate a spinnaker hoist), they bypassed channel markers Flasher “6” and Nun “4,” becoming hard aground on the shoal to the SW of Nun “4,” perilously endangering their ability to make the start on time and jeopardizing their third place series ranking.  Fisherman in the channel and the stragglers carefully heading out to the race course were treated to an exhibition of “bracing for impact” and subsequent extrication from one of the two hazards in a five mile radius.  Another rule of the sea, trust no one!  



SKYLARK AWARD - Past Commodore Leigh Sterflinger 

In honor of the member who has most exhibited, over time, an unfailing willingness to give their energies and expertise for the good of the Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club.


Background Information: For organizing and hosting the New Members Party for many years, heading up Santa’s elves and stocking stuffer program, representing LHYC interests from your YRALIS Treasurer & Certified Race Officer positions, hosting monthly board meetings at what has become our Greenlawn “facility,” performing trophy procurement for the past two years, working tirelessly for years on the Susan G Komen Huntington Bay Championships, serving as the in-house graphic design team and for providing sage counsel to the flag officers and Board of Directors.



Back to School                                                   

Winning in One-Designs, Dave Perry - Chapter 24 Tactics in Wind shifts


            Tactics in wind shifts is a subject nearly every author has taken a shot at and, as a result, most sailors know what they should be doing on the race course.  However, having put in some serious corner time myself, what interests me is the difficulty most of us have actually doing what we know we should be doing.  It boils down to a simple mind game: you’re racing upwind on port tack.  Suddenly, the four boats ahead of you tack, and almost simultaneously you get headed.  The unemotional and intellectual side of your mind says, “Tack immediately!   We’ll be to leeward and ahead of the pack in clear air and going fast toward the next header!”  But the personality and the ego side quickly counters with, “Hang on!  We’ll never pass those guys ahead by following them.  Keep going, wait for a bigger knock and get ‘em all!”  But by now it’s too late to tack without tacking right into a lot of bad air and wake, which is even less inviting, so you keep on.  Of course, the next thing to happen is a lift, putting those four boats even further ahead and leaving you waiting for an even bigger knock so that you can at least get back to where you started from.  You keep on, and on, and on, until finally you pass a little sign in the water that says, “Welcome to Cornersville, Pop. 1.”   It all boils down to several key barriers:

            Sailing is supposed to be fun, but most spell fun W-I-N.  Our urgency and desire to win causes great pressure in and of itself, particularly when we’ve gone a while without winning.  Our loss of confidence causes us to start taking more and more chances with boat speed and tactics.  Our ego and our need to be right controls many of us.  It’s very hard to fall in behind a pack, even if we know the pack is sailing in the correct direction.  The tendency is to head off in the other direction, envisioning ourselves out in front and the heroes of the day.  The frightening thing about the aforementioned scenario is the confident commitment that people make to it.   This is due to the immense unpredictability of the weather, otherwise known as luck.  It’s often impossible to resist the temptation to wander off by ourselves with the hope that this is the day for the big break.  Worrying about who the other competitors in the series are can be another serious barrier.  Personally, I’ve always done my best when I’ve gone into a series not thinking I was going to win it.  Overconfidence and lack of respect for my competition have always nailed me.

            And there are plenty of other factors that become barriers to clear, rational thinking:

*Psyche jobs in the parking lot, etc.,  *Rivalries and grudge matches from previous regattas,  *Bad vibes at a certain location where something went wrong before,  *Feeling that you’ll make lots of mistakes, but that no one else will,  *Predetermining your finish in the regatta (“I’ll probably finish in the mid-20’s,”etc.),  *Psyched out by the weather---heavy air, chop, light air, etc.,  *And the inevitable pressure in the last few races caused by a close series.

            All of these and other factors mount up to prevent us from doing the one thing we want to do most---race sailboats as well as possible. 

            There is a rational approach that will help overcome some of these barriers, particularly with regard to tactics in wind shifts.  A good gambler always seems to know when to shoot for it and, especially, when to fold.  Undoubtedly, he knows the game well enough to assign odds and probabilities to each possible outcome.   But most of all, he realizes the incredible importance of remaining conservative when the odds aren’t good.

            Back to the original example: you’re sailing along on port; the four boats ahead tack, and almost simultaneously you get headed.  If the breeze is oscillating, then the next shift will most likely be a port tack lift.  Tacking immediately will put you in the safest position when the shift comes.  You may gain slightly or just hold even, but you won’t lose---high percentages move with good odds.  However, the longer you hold on past the pack, the worse the odds in your favor get.  Gamble as much as you dare, but as soon as you realize the gamble may not pay off, fold and tack back.  Unfortunately, what usually happens is this rationalization: “Well, I’m behind already, and if I tack back now, I’ll just be conceding my loss; so let’s hang on a little longer and see if we get a big knock to go back on”---low percentages, bad odds.

            So the rational approach to tactics in wind shifts is to continually assign odds to certain possible outcomes throughout the race and execute where the odds are most in your favor.  It might be that ten other boats are thinking the same as you are, in which case you may follow a pack around the entire course.  Or it may be that you decide to take a flyer, even though the odds or its working are extremely poor.  The important thing is that you’ve thought about it, there’s a reason behind each move you make, and you fully understand the odds of their success.                   To be continued….



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