LHYC.org                                                                                                                             June 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.


Women’s Spirit Race for Breast Cancer

The all women crews were at it again this year – 6 boats with over 30 women raced with a pursuit start.  Loki III was able to pull out ahead of all the others and win on the 3.3 mile triangle course. Congratulations to Ginger and crew! Everyone gathered back at Huntington Yacht Club and proudly raised almost $400 for the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition.  Each entry was awarded a handmade bracelet from the Circle of Hope. A few additional boats had conflicts in their schedules and couldn’t make it so next year we hope to have 10 or more competitors. 

 Huntington Bay Championship Races

Run once again from aboard the Northern V’s fine motor yacht this historic race was run on a fine sailing day.  Resolute grabbed the honors of Huntington Bay Champion by winning both the Huntington Day Race and the Lloyd’s Trophy Race. This year’s beneficiary was the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Lots of raffles were won at the party by the pool at Huntington Yacht Club.


Commodore’s Cup

The race this year got off with a fine start., however as the fog rolled in and the winds died down, the Commodore decided to shorten the course. Upon turning the key to start the engine there was a loud bang and then nothing. Alas the long lived engine had finally died. A few boats were able to finish in the last breathe of breeze that was out there but a few were forced to resign from the race without crossing the line.  Mea culpa! Congratulations to team Challenge persevering and once again for retaining the coveted chronometer for another year!


This event put the board into a tailspin as to what option to take regarding a replacement motor. Thanks to Dave Willis and Bob Corso who graciously lent their powerboats for two Wednesday Night Races while we got the Melrose up and running again. After much research and deliberation it was decided to purchase a new 115 hp two-stroke engine (leftover prior year model) and have it installed and warranty maintained by Snug Harbor Marine. We did however have to spend almost our entire savings account for this event. In order to rebuild our “safety net” we are asking each member to donate just $100 to replenish the account.  


4th of July Cruises

Thunderstorms in Oyster Bay provided natural fireworks but kept away many boaters to the cruise.  The group out in Block Island however was able to celebrate with the usual fanfare and I hear mudslides were the drink of choice! Other cruises have taken place throughout the month to locations on the sound and as far as Nova Scotia. Send us your stories and pictures!

 Summer Series Races

Our most popular racing event continues to be so with 5 hotly contested divisions racing 10 Wednesday evenings. The weather has given us a little of everything and so far wind on every night. Our closest series ever with the four spinnaker division leaders having between 8.625 and 9 points going into the last race. 


On Wednesday July 11th Robert Plant Millspaugh, 77, our club’s 13th Commodore, passed away surrounded by his family. He grew up on Massachusetts, attended Yale University, and was a Lieutenant in the US Air Force. He was a member of the Huntington School Board and was twice elected Mayor of the Village of Huntington Bay. He was Commodore of LHYC in 1986.  He spent his later years in Vero Beach with his wife Mary of 56 years, active in the church, country club, and the Yale Club.  Memorial contribution has been send in the club’s name to St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 475 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32968.


We send our condolences also to Janet Rubel and family who lost her brother this summer.


Summer Series Races

Our most popular racing event continues to be so with 5 hotly contested divisions racing 10 Wednesday evenings. The weather has given us a little of everything and so far wind on every night. Our closest series ever with the four spinnaker division leaders having between 8.625 and 9 points going into the last race. 

In the News

*               Storck brothers seek Olympic Bid - Brothers Erik Storck ‘07 and John Storck have progressed far enough in the sport of sailing to be considered for the United States’ Olympic team. The two have been sailing together for their entire lives, and have become so tuned in with each other that they are teammates in every sense of the word. While Olympic trials are a tough and rigorous process, the brothers seem ready. While the chances of qualifying are slim among a field consisting of the country’s top sailors, the duo is ready for the long road of training over the summer leading up to the qualifying effort. “The format is intense,” John said. “It is close to two weeks of racing against the best in the country — this definitely helps to ensure that the best boat goes. It is going to be a great experience, and we are both psyched.”

*              Kaity Storck took 8th place at the New England Dinghy Championships representing Tufts where she is Junior quad-captain.   Erik at Dartmouth College honored as a coed All-American skipper.

*              St. Petersburg Yacht Club Valentine’s Day Regatta Optimist Gold  February 10-11, Roger Dorr placed 30th in the Blue Fleet and 80th overall.

*          In the Optimists, Ian Storck in the red fleet and Roger Dorr in the blue fleet have been showing their abilities both locally and nationally. We look forward to seeing how the New England Championships go next week.

Upcoming Events

Little Brown Jug – flyers are late but there is still time – contact vicecomm@LHYC.org if you want to attend the race and or picnic this Sunday.

Summer Sunset Series – starts August 15th

Labor Day Cruise  -  Port Jefferson and Black Rock CT – join us by boat or by car – raft up Monday at the Lloyd Harbor mooring.




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 and the America’s Cup Challenge 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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Have news, a story, or a photo you would like included next month please send it on.


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.


 Davy Jones’s Locker…(bottom of the sea)

A corruption of “Duffy Jonah,” an expression used by West Indian sailors in reference to the devil.  Perhaps also a corruption of “Jonah”, the Old Testament Prophet, who was swallowed by a whale and spewed back up on land after three days. Refers to a spirit of the deep but not always malevolent. British naval surgeon and novelist Tobias Smollett first described Davy Jones in his 1751 novel The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle:

I’ll be damned if it was not Davy Jones himself. I know him by his saucer eyes, his three rows of teeth, and tail, and the blue smoke that came out his nostrils. This same Davy Jones, according to the mythology of sailors, is the fiend that presides over all other evil spirits of the deep, and is often seen in various shapes, perching among the rigging on the eve of hurricanes, shipwrecks, and other disasters to which seafaring life is exposed, warning the devoted wretch of death and woe.

According to nautical tradition, Davy Jones’s Locker (the locker being an allusion to a sailor’s trunk or sea chest) is the final resting place of sunken ships, articles swept overboard, and, of course, those buried or lost at sea.


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