www.LHYC.org                                                                                               June 2008

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.

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            And we are off to the races!  Spring at Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club starts fast and furious (like our sailors) with the Spring Series sneaking up on some of us, followed by the first Summer Series race, commissioning on Memorial Day and then the Huntington Bay Championships.  As is the case with some inactivity over the winter months, it takes a little time to get up to speed, knock off the cob webs, to get to where we are firing on all cylinders.  With the Spring Series for example, a decent sized fleet convened for the first race and our beloved Melrose was seen being towed out to the stating line!  I was concerned for various reasons, least of which I was a crewing on Rogue and thought this race was never going to start on time.  But that was not the case.  Without having to do a thing, one club member set the leeward mark, another adjusted the line and another was helping the Melrose get settled into place.   While I was completely undone by this, our race committee, comprised of Sandy & Ron Prior and Geremy & Alison Chelius  was calm, cool and collected, and managed to get a nice 10.5 mile race off and completed in dying wind conditions for 13 boats (please go to our website for the results of the opening day).  Similar to how you evaluate tea bags, it’s how we react when in hot water that counts and for our first event, I think we came through with flying colors.  “I wasn’t worried because with the talent out on the course, everyone knows what to do and with Lloyd Harbor members you don’t have to worry about people pitching in,” stated PRO Ron Prior.   This rang true for me, and instead of the anticipated complaints and worrying about the fate of the Melrose (more on that to follow), I again felt pride in our club and how we all work together to get the job done.  The mentoring of a recently inducted member on RC ops was also appreciated, and I would urge everyone with a desire to learn and mentor, to please help future events by taking volunteers aboard and showing them the ropes.  Thank you one and all for getting us out of the hot water. 

Sincerely, yer Commodore Rich Rubel

 

Women Got Spirit - Friday night May 30, was the 6th Annual Women's Spirit Race to benefit the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition.  All female crews raced the buoys in Huntington Bay in 10-12 knots of southerly breeze under partly cloudy skies.  The boats are permitted to have one "non-participatory" male on board, if desired; Loki III dropped off the owner onto the Race Committee boat, headed by Roy Sherman (in a pinch, thank you!), and was the only boat to sail with only females.  The race is run pursuit style, time correction factors are figured out before hand and each boat has their own starting time with slower boats starting first and faster boats starting later.  As they sail around the course their positions change and by the finish, their place is determined in the order they cross the line. Job well done by all 25 or so ladies on four boats with Palantir finishing first, Jumping Jack Flash second, Loki III third and Tizona in fourth.  Crews met at the Huntington YC bar after the race, where we announced the winners, gave out trophies and raised $500 for the cause.  Thank you to the officers of the Lloyd Harbor and Huntington Yacht Clubs for supporting this race!   

Submitted by PC Leigh Sterflinger

 

 

 

Board Meeting Bullets: The June Board Meeting, hosted by the Sterflinger’s at their home addressed the following as part of our agenda: 

·         Two new members were inducted to the club this past month, Bill & Debbie Maher, co-owners of the J-29 Rift, who has been racing with us for some time and Bryan & Carol Irving, the new owner of  Fearless Frog, a boat that is also known to our race course.  The club membership now stands at 95 members, one new application was received from Dan Corcoran and  new applications are still being circulated for sponsors and submission. 

·         The Melrose is suffering from a leaky fuel tank, but is running through the efforts of RC Steve LaPorta; Steve has secured us three new portable 6 gal. tanks and is planning on removing the old fuel and filling the tanks with water, to squash fumes and avert any risk of fire. He also replaced the propeller due to a spun bushing.  We want to remind or race

committee volunteers to please leave the Melrose as they found it, i.e., free of refuse, to not attempt any repairs unless in an emergency and to please submit a condition report/maintenance request along with the race results.

·         Fleet Captain Gary Victorson reported that the Regatta Manager program is working well and had generated enough revenues from late fees to pay for the program’s use.  This program and our race page on our web site will be updated to encourage our fleet to still visit our web site for breaking news, while at the same time utilize Regatta Manager for its many labor saving features.

·         The VC reported that the Little Brown Jug picnic has been booked again at the Bay Hills Beach Assoc.; thank you to Alice Blauvelt for shepherding our request through the association.  And because there has not been any clear preference for an event to utilize our paid bus trip, we will seek to get a refund.

·         The club’s July 4th Cruise traditionally consists of a raft up in Oyster Bay by Bayville to watch the Dolan fireworks display.  Cruisers are encouraged to look for our burgee at the raft-up. We would also like summer cruisers to think of the Cruising Chairperson, Mark Ambrosious as a clearing house for summer cruise plans, so that people may get information on who is going where, to facilitate members hooking up with others who may like to travel with other boats.                                                                                                                 

 

Huntington Bay Champs – With nearly twenty boats in three divisions, LHYC ran a fantastic two race regatta in conjunction with the Huntington Yacht Club.  With a forecast that called for rain early on and severe thunderstorm activity, both midday and late afternoon, the day appeared dubious; in fact, the Capt. of the Northern Vee’s, our posh Race Committee boat, was worried  about their anchor dragging and possibly having to cut the event short.  But, with the high tech electronics onboard, weather projections showed storm activity well to the north and slightly to the south, which never seemed to reach the race locale and provided winds no higher than approx. 16 kns. (albeit with a little rain).    For the Huntington Day race, a large, pin-end favored starting line kept the action safely away from the “RC yacht” end of the line and with heavy ebb current, made for some heavy bunching up at that end.  But with a nine and half mile course for the spin. boats, things shook out nicely and corrected finishes in div. one were within seconds of each other.  Resolute edged out Rogue and in Div 2, Shakedown rocked, finishing over eight minutes ahead of second place Loki.  Rascal with a little competition from Capricorn, an even rated Masthead YC boat, came in first and second respectively.  For race two, the Lloyd’s Trophy, the weather seemed settled but not to tempt fate, PRO Roy Sherman opted for getting the boats off ASAP, and if need be send the yacht home and use the Melrose to take finish times.  However, despite the rain and squally conditions in the bay, we had a great second race; with the committee boat down the rhumb line, a great show was had from the Northern Vee’s salon.  This time Resolute had a challenge (no pun intended) from the hot, new Farr designed Beneteau 10R, sailed by Team Willis, which was raced for the first time that day. Despite missing first by a mere four seconds, the team Willis boat seems incredibly fast and if a boat showroom had shelves, this one would fly off them!  Again in the second division, Shakedown sailed a great race, was approx. seven minutes ahead of the next boat and won over the Double Vision team of Walters and Suss, who corrected out to second. And in another squeaker, Rascal prevailed in the Text Box: Shakedown finishing the day with two bullets winning the Champs
JAM division.   The overall championship was a tough call between two boats, Resolute and Shakedown, each with two firsts, with Shakedown, at the committee’s discretion edging out the 44.   HYC did a splendid job in providing RC assistance, as did the Rubel family, Janet and Mia, staffing the clipboard, flags, Ollie and camera (please check out our web site for the link for photos of the whole event), thanks to Chris Dara on the Melrose mark boat, and again, kudos to Roy Sherman for running a great race and working under adverse conditions to get the preliminary scores out.  While the scoring for the event at first was contentious, what I can tell you for certain, the two types of cracked crab and raw bar on the RC boat were divine.    

 

Miscellaneous Illuminations:

Jamie Boeckel – LHYC boats Dreadlocks, Resolute, Rift and Tizona went to the Jaime Boeckel charity regatta and represented our club in  grand style.  Resolute in the first race garnered a bullet, Dready got a couple of seconds and placed second in the series, Rift sailed consistently and placed third and Tizona fifth.  At Sewanakah, LHYC’s burgee is well known as a force to be reckoned with - congrats to all.  ~~__/) Sprit Fest: With son Erik steering Rumor, the Storck family dominated the J -80 class at Sag Harbor over the May 30th weekend.  John’s boat was victorious again over world champ and sail maker Kerry Klinger as well as a number of other sprit boat sailors.  Hosted by Breakwater YC, and sailed in Noyac Bay, Sprit Fest is a great venue for J 80’s, 105’s and 109’s.   Be sure to check out the June issue of Sailing World for John’s views on family sailing; now I’m not sure, but is that a LHYC cap you’re sporting?  ~~__/) LHYC cruisers, please be reminded that our club has received invitations to use the house and anchorage facilities of the Sea Cliff Yacht Club in Hempstead Harbor and the Huguenot Yacht Club of New Rochelle.~~__/)  The LHYC Commodore’s Cup was held on Friday, June 6 and with the promise of a beautiful evening preceding a sweltering weekend, 16 boats showed up to do the beer can course.   The Commodore was the race committee from his trusty dory, “Sweet 16,” with the help of Sleepy Head crew Bob McBride and afterwards approximately a dozen boats rafted up on the Lloyd Harbor mooring. There is no such thing as a causal race, as I was to learn.  The racers were scrappy at the start, aggressive in the roundings and pulling out all the stops at the finish. Fortunately, the protests and assertions diminished over beers and snacks. Congratulations to all from both the cruising and racing divisions; your win, place and show boats were as follows:

Cruising                                               Racing

First                 Pegasus – Chris Dara                          Pied Piper – PC Bob Storck

Second            Atlantean – Mark Ambrosious            Shakedown  - Jordan Mindich

Third               Spirit – Tom Bolen                              Rogue – PC Ed Dole

 

2008 J-24 Midsound Regatta:  This year’s J24 Midsound Regatta was another success with our own team of Phil Walters and Glenn Suss taking first place honors with their crew aboard Double Vision.  The weather for the weekend was questionable with little or no wind expected in the midst of an August like heat wave hitting us in early June.  Temperatures in the 90’s were expected and it looked like we were in for two days of bobbing and baking midsound.  Saturday we all made it out in the early morning fog to locate the Race Committee where we waited with a postponement and then eventually an abandonment due to no wind.  Although RC determined that wind was expected to roll in around 4pm they made the right call to get us out of the heat with hopes that Sunday would be better.  Sunday morning began without the fog and with a light breeze that looked like we would at least get a few races in and have a regatta.  Regatta PRO Roy Sherman threw a few quick windward/leeward’s at us to make sure we had a regatta.  When the wind held he gave us four more races for the maximum number of races allowed for the regatta – six races. 

            The competition was very close and seconds separated the finishes in each of the races.  The team of Double Vision after the first tune-up race honed in on the conditions and smoked the fleet with four bullets and a second taking first place overall.  Blue Moon from Noroton YC sailed an excellent regatta and finished second.  The Z twins (NA champs and winners in just about every other event they have entered the past year) were merely human this weekend and took third in a very closely contested battle for the final award spot. 

            Thanks to CYC and LHYC for their continued support of this event and to Roy Sherman our PRO, PC Chris Schneider on chase boat and Eric, Jared and other friends who volunteered their time to make this regatta a success.

            On a final note, the RC finished with an upwind (westerly) finish so that our entry from New York City could start their long trip back home.  After we finished hauling out boats and settled in for a drink at CYC we were hit with a huge storm front that brought plenty of lightning and gusts in the 40’s.  We all wondered how our friends from NYC were faring.  We heard the next morning that the team from NYC, too far from any port to take refuge when the storm hit, kept sails up, stayed the course and happily made it home safe and sound.

Submitted by Joseph Scarpulla Fleet 106

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Race 1

   Race 2

  Race 3

   Race 4

  Race 5

   Race 6

        Total

 

 

2123

6

1

2

1

1

1

12

   Double Vision

4298

2

3

1

3

4

2

15

   Blue Moon

5259

1

4

5

2

6

4

22

   Twins

 

1357

5

2

4

4

5

5

25

   Liquid Soul

5257

4

6

3

5

2

6

26

   Mental Floss

3474

3

5

6

6

3

3

26

   Hoptical Illusion

3342

7

7

7

7

7

7

42

   Trinity

 

 

 

Come join LHYC for the 4th of July Weekend at Oyster Bay

 

This year with the 4th of July on a Friday, LHYC will be spending the weekend at Oyster Bay.  Join us on Friday as we anchor in West Harbor and play by day and enjoy fireworks by night.  Stay for the weekend if you can, or drop by for a day and bring your “water toys.”  This is an excellent opportunity to meet other members, fly our burgees proudly and make Oyster Bay a sea of red, white (and blue).  Hope to see you out there for all or part of the weekend!

 

Remember to Sign up on Regatta Manager for the running of the:

13th Annual Make-A-Wish Regatta

Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club’s Stratford Shoals Race in conjunction with Northport Yacht Club’s Junior regatta.  All proceeds to go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

 The 36th ANNUAL STRATFORD SHOALS RACE formerly the Masthead Master Mariners Race: Saturday, July 19, 2008

 

 

         

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