LHYC.org                                                                                                                              January 2006

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.


The Clubless Yacht Club – Where every sailor’s tiller is his castle.

            When they formed the Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club, they broke the mold. ~

To a man, and including some women, the membership fits the description proudly offered by their Commodore: “Sailing nuts.”  It has been suggested that if two LHYC members found themselves on skateboards, they’d pull out their handkerchiefs, stretch them between their hands and start tacking up the sidewalk.


Thank you Robert G. Melrose for abandoning the traditional idea of what a yacht club should be, for this year we mark our 40th Anniversary. I have enclosed an article (Page 1,2) from On the Sound magazine, August 1972 for your enjoyment.

“When you sail under the LHYC burgee, you sail”


This brings back many memories for Mike and I. See Mike’s parents were members of the LHYC in the mid 70’s thru mid 80’s.  10 years after LHYC started, from the waiting list of Lloyd Harbor, they formed Masthead Cove YC. A certain yellow boat (it was much brighter then) was a member there and cruised and raced for the same ten years. After that, our union was made and we joined LHYC ourselves with “that little yellow boat” Leighway2. It has been an honor and a privilege to grow up in this arena and continue to be a part of sailing in Huntington Bay.  I thank Charlie Powers for his leadership over the past years and hope to carry on where he left off.




In the news…


Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta December 27-30 Coral Reef Yacht Club

Austen Anderson (son of Warren and Joanne) placed 27th out of 100 in the 420 class.


Key West 2006 January 16-20

John Storck Jr. with his children John III, Erik, and Kaity survived the heavy breezes and finished 2nd on Rumor in the J80 Division. “The best part was going 19.2 knots” “We had some very good crew work and solid sailing when others were experiencing crew overboards, broaches, collisions, and blown out sails.” John DiMatteo from Centerport YC finished 10thBryan Coon on Mistress survived the same conditions and scored himself a 1st in his PHRF division with the assistance of Roy Sherman. Rich Correll on Loki III finished in 5th place.

Congratulations to you all!



If you are not receiving emails from us or would like to change your email please alert me at commodore@LHYC.org. Although we attempt to get all news out in Telltales there are occasional needs for short notice bulletins.


Annual Dinner recap…


With over 50 in attendance, we celebrated another year gone by at Off the Wall in Huntington. We overflowed the dining area and enjoyed fine food and wine with great company. Afterwards we heard the officer reports and elected our new board. Two new trophies were introduced this year and two traditional trophies were awarded:


The Charles Powers Perpetual Trophy for the overall winner in the cruising division for club and cruising races – this year was awarded to Charlie and Janet Powers on Janann II


Crash and Bern Trophy which is awarded to the yacht with the “best” collision – this year goes to Mike Olsen on Salient and the trophy is the very horseshoe that was caught off the stern of another yacht during the event that won him the award.


Boner Award  - for the member with the “best” display of seamanship, goes to John Storck Jr. for crashing his J80, Rumor, into the divider on I95 on his way back from Key West last winter. We’re still not sure if he did his turn to exonerate himself.


Grounder Award – for the member who "touches" the bottom with the utmost fashion, goes to Roy Berg on Ember. While bringing his boat from Willis to his mooring, right after being launched for the season, hit “old flattop”. Now mind you there were 3 sailors with over 150 years of sailing experience between them in Huntington Bay aboard the boat, but thereafter were referred to as “Winkin’ Blinkin’, and Nod”. This event sent Ember right back to Willis to be hauled and repaired. I’ve heard of a short haul but not a short launch.


On the calendar…


The Yacht Racing Association is holding two seminars this winter/spring.  Anyone interested in race management or primary race officer work should consider the Basic Race Management class on 2/11/06.  Hosted by American YC at 0800 and further details can be seen at the web site, www.yralis.org.  I’ve taken this course and it’s one of the best out there.


JWorld is coming to the Northport Yacht Club March 25, 2006 for a 6 hour seminar covering intermediate and advanced racing tactics. Check here or our website for details to come.


The YRA is also helping us prepare for the Newport Bermuda race and anyone else that might be going off shore.  The biannual Safety at Sea seminar will be held on 4/8/06 and 4/9/06.  It will be at he Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy and more details on this can also be seen at their web site www.yralis.org.


North U. has seminars on Rules & Tactics, Wind & Strategy, Cruising, & Weather check www.NorthU.com for details and dates.




The planning for the annual Sail for the Cure has begun. We are looking for volunteers to help in the planning, donation collection, and running of the race and party. This event raises funds for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. If you are interesting in being a part of this very successful event, there is a meeting on Monday February 13 at 7:30 at Huntington Yacht Club. Please call me if you have any questions – 631-757-0799.


It is will great sadness that we announce the passing of Kris Dorr’s father William Kearse and send our sympathies to Kris and her family.


Have news, a story, or a photo you would like included next month please send it on – commodore@LHYC.org.   As this is our 40th Anniversary as well, if you come across old stories or photos I have the technology to get those published as well.


Proud to be at the helm,

Leigh Sterflinger

LHYC Commodore


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