www.LHYC.org                                                                                                  May 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.





Dawn RileyOn March 30th LHYC held its annual Speaker Series featuring Dawn Riley of America’s Cup fame and Director of the Oakcliff Sailing Center in Oyster Bay.  The turnout was great with about 50 or so in attendance.  Dawn is an excellent public speaker and her experiences and love of the sport of sailing lend to her easy going, great story telling style.  She began by talking about her background, born in Detroit Michigan, a graduate of Michigan State University and how she got into the sport of sailing.  One of her first big boat experiences was as Watch Captain/Engineer on Maiden, the first all-women's team in the 1989-90 Whitbread race.  Sailing around Cape Horn, making sure you are tethered and dressed in layers, never mind the shower drill, made for a steep learning curve.   Some other events: on to Pit person for America3, winner of 1992 America's Cup and the first woman to have an active role on an America's Cup team.  Back for more in 1993/94 as Skipper of Heineken, the only all-women's entry in the 1993-94 Whitbread round-the-world race.  In 1995, Dawn was Team Captain of America3, the women's team in the America's Cup.  In 2000, she was CEO and Captain of America True, for the America's Cup.  In 2004-2007 Dawn was General Manager for K-Challenge in the 2007 America's Cup.  These are just the headliners in a much longer list of accomplishments - quite a resume!


She spent some time talking to us about on-board communications when racing and had some very useful tips.  Clearly, it is important to determine who is responsible for what task – who calls the line, the waves, the puffs, the competition, etc.  Tactician and mainsail trimmer talk to the skipper only.  Then making clear what terms are used so that there is no question as to the call – everyone uses the same language, same words whatever they might be for each task or maneuver!  She finished with some information on the Oakcliff Sailing Center – the boats, the opportunities and the mission statement for the center.  It’s all about sailing and getting more people out on boats and discovering the thrill of sailboat racing.  If you’d like to get some more information on what Dawn has been up to you can check out her blog at DawnRiley.com or check out OakcliffSailing.org.  I’d like to thank the Halsite FD for the use of their meeting room and the team of Dave Willis, Steve LaPorta and John Belle for pulling it together.  Thanks also to those who attended.



The New Members Party customarily has become one of our more successful events of the season, with many of our members making it out for some refreshments and general springtime merry making.  Our hosts on April 16 were once again Mike and Leigh Sterflinger, whose beautiful home in Greenlawn has become our unofficial club meeting house for more than a few years now.  However, rumor has it - it might have been our last party at the Sterflinger Residence as they are entertaining thoughts of downsizing – the house that is – but upsizing the boat!?  We will be looking for a new location to hold this time honored event next year, so if your house is ready – this could be your next great party!


As for official business at the party we had two new members to present.  First were Art and Chris Brings who were sponsored by Dave and Jeff Willis.  They have known the Brings for over 15 years and may have even sold them a boat or four.  Art has sailed on Challenge IV as crew on many LHYC events and BIRW as well as making return delivery trips from Bermuda to Huntington.  Dave said “Art is a tremendous asset on board at all times.  He is always willing and able to do anything on the boat and he is extremely talented both as a sailor and in the proper maintenance and repair of everything that floats!”   They recently purchased – WHITE SQUALL - a Beneteau First 44.7.  We welcome them to the club.  Art and Chris could not be at the party as they were traveling, but they attended the Annual Meeting and we look forward to seeing more of them in the future.


Our second new member family was Tom and Devon Carroll who were sponsored by Jeff Hammer and Jordan Mindich.  Tom has been sailing his whole life and is a familiar face at LHYC events sailing with Jeff on Dreadlocks as well as on many other LHYC boats over the years.  Tom sails an Atlantic One Design – FLYING CLOUD – out of Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club when he’s not sailing with us.  Tom has been a financial sponsor of the LHYC through his firm TOTAL DOLLAR INSURANCE.  We thank him and his firm for their support and we welcome with pleasure both Tom and Devon to our membership.


Thanks to Theo Novak, our Membership Chairperson for his effort in bringing the applicants through the process of becoming members of LHYC.  Additional thanks to Mike Sterflinger, again, for his work compiling and printing the 2011 Membership Roster.  You should have received your copy via mail, if you did not pick it up at the party.  Another great job by your member volunteers of the LHYC.




I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the Huntington Lighthouse a few weeks ago, just as the warmer weather started to find its way here.  Boats were starting to dot the harbor and any chance to go for a boat ride sounds good to me!  I was invited by Kevin Coneys who is very involved with the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society along with Pam Setchell – President and a number of other guests.  It was a chance to see the beauty that graces our harbor entrance close up.  I know folks have been going out there and that they run tours, but I never had taken the opportunity to visit before.  Well, I have to tell you that it is a worthwhile trip – and a very short one as a matter of fact.  Here is a piece of wonderful maritime history right here in our backyard.  No need to travel to Montauk!


The condition of the lighthouse has undergone years of volunteer efforts to bring it back to life and halt the years of neglect and deterioration of the facility.  (See pre-restoration photo at left).  They have made it possible for the public to visit this treasure and experience first hand its history, grandeur and fantastic location.  The many volunteers have provided physical labor and much needed fundraising efforts to help restore her.   They have a full touring schedule during the summer season and word is it is available for local groups who would like to take advantage of their offer to view the navigational aid.  I hope to plan a club event to take advantage of this possibility in the near future.


Once you see the lighthouse and appreciate the tremendous efforts of those involved you can’t help but want to see them succeed.  It is with this sentiment that I’d like to offer our support to their organization in the form of recognition of the value they provide to our local maritime tradition.  If anyone would like to visit or become involved in any way, they are appreciative for any interest in their efforts.  One of the critical repair items they now face is the replacement of 650 tons of granite rip rap that protects its structure.  It’s hard to imagine that the existing granite rubble barrier has moved over time and the structure is now in danger of erosion and structural damage if repairs are not made.  Obviously, replacing tons of granite is a costly endeavor, but the society is determined to raise the necessary funds.


Their newest fundraising event will be held this coming June 3, 4 and 5th three days and nights of live music at a local venue known to us all, CONEYS BOATYARD – this I have to see!  Promoted as the BOATYARD CABARET it will feature vocalist Risa Finkel, who will perform standards and treasures from the American songbook with some of New York's finest on piano, bass, percussion and cello. Having studied and performed opera for many years, she transitioned into cabaret style singing and never looked back!


Visit their websites for more information and to reserve tickets.  

Go to   www.coneys.com    or   http://www.huntingtonlighthouse.org/ .



After a hardy discussion at the board meeting, I “got volunteered” to summarize some key points about rafting. This happened because for some reason, I think I keep ending up in the middle of the raft with boats which are not prepared or properly equipped to raft.  So here goes:


There are some members, you know who you are, who seem to think that old genoa sheets are fine to serve as dock lines. They aren’t, they do not have any stretch which means that as boats shift, they do so abruptly. In lighter conditions the abrupt motion is at best uncomfortable for those on the smaller boat, while in heavier conditions it can cause cleats to pull out from the deck, or old lines can snap, acting like whips. Approximate guidelines for proper diameter are 3/8-inch line for boats 20 feet and under, ½ inch line for 20 to 30-foot boats, and 5/8ths for boats 40 and over.  Also, there should be at least four lines available, bow, stern and fore and aft springs. Finally, many times as lines are passed over they turn out to be way too short.  There has to be at least one line available that is long enough to be used when the boat next to you is exiting the raft. It must be able to be passed from your boat across the exiting boat and cleat on the next boat. Based on the 13 foot beam of my boat, that line has to be at least 35 feet long. (Some use a length equal to the boat’s LOA as a guideline.) Similarly, as many boats do not have midship cleats, the bow spring should be long enough to pass from a bow cleat on the boat next to you to your boat’s primary winches or other attachment point. 

Fenders also seem to be an issue for some, in terms of both number and size. There should be at least three available to position at maximum beam and they should be of adequate size for the boat. Many manufacturers have sizing charts. Covers are optional, but when rafting overnight the fabric dampens the rubbing noise.

Entering a raft

Years ago, the protocol was for the boat entering the raft to pass the looped end of the rope to the boat already on the raft. Unfortunately, this practice has fallen into disuse. Probably due to lack of knowledge, but more likely as this assumed that the boat on the raft has adequate and properly sized cleats.  This approach also makes the crew of the boat entering the raft responsible for positioning their boat by adjusting the lines on the other boat rather than relying on the people receiving the lines.  I’d like to suggest the practice once again be followed wherever possible, making allowances for the smaller boats and those with undersized cleats where it may not be so simple to merely drop the loop over them.

When tying up, please spring the boat so that the new arrival’s mast is in front of the next boat’s, taking into consideration mast rake, etc.  As the wind comes up and lines stretch, this will help to keep the raft straight. Also, while unfortunately it’s been awhile since we’ve had to do this, in very large rafts, every 5th boat should be prepared to set an anchor.

Exiting a raft

This is where common sense and assistance is required. If the wind is up, break the raft and reform. Otherwise, for most situations, the boat leaving the raft should exit backwards. This is where that long dock line is required. Pass it around the headstay and secure it. As the boat slowly backs out, pull the slack in closing the raft. In marginal conditions, or when there are a number of boats on the non-mooring side, at least one boat should have its engine on, but not engaged. Rather than straining someone’s back, the engine can be used to slowly power the boats forward as the boats are pulled into the raft. 

Transferring the mooring

Even with light air there can be a significant force on the mooring pendent just due to current, even when only a few boats are on the raft. Here again is where that long dock line can come into play. Cleat one end of the line to the boat to receive the pendent, then pass the line through the loop in the pendent and then back to the boat making sure that it is clear of bow pulpits, anchors, etc. Then simply drop the pendent. Once the raft has settled to the wind, the boat that now has the pendent can power forward slowly and the extra line brought in until the pendent’s loop can be attached to a cleat, again without straining someone’s back.  See you on the mooring!



AMERICAN YC SPRING SERIES – Don Rave and his crew are sitting in first place in the J44 class after the first weekend of racing at American Yacht Club’s Spring Series – posting a 1, 2, 5, 4 for 12 points and 2 points ahead of the next boat - VAMP.  The remaining boats from a field of 8 including Jeff Willis’ CHALLENGE IV are all in hot pursuit.  Next weekend should be interesting – stay tuned!

KAITY STORCK WINS J22 Sundance Cup (Ft Worth, TX- March 10-12) - Fort Worth Boat Club hosts the Sundance Cup every year, a Women's Invitational Match Racing event (WIMRA). It was an awesome venue and event in all respects resulting in another strong turnout of women sailors for one of the more fun match events on the women's WIMRA circuit. They put on a fantastic event and went above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome.

Sailing well in her first time on Lake Ray Hubbard was Kaitlan Storck. In the final race, Kaitlan beat Maegan Ruhlman to win the Sundance Cup.  Third overall was Rebecca Dellenbaugh, fourth was Amanda Callahan and fifth was Nicole Buechler.  A great but challenging time was had by all, with a variety of wind and weather, light winds to blowing a near gale.  Also, Kaity has also been selected to the All-American off-shore team.  Go Kaity go!







MCYC's Commodore, Stan O'Marra, has again reached out to us to offer our members a chance to cruise with them.  Our clubs have been providing support to each others these past few years and the good will provided by both clubs has been refreshing.  They have been supporters of our Fall Series and have also offered to open up their cruising events to our members.  We have been providing support for their racing events.  As our club has become more race oriented and theirs more cruising oriented, it seems like a good partnership.  

Our own cruising contingent has lost some steam these past few years, so this is a great opportunity for those that would like to travel with a group.  See the flyer provided below!


MEET THE COMOMODORE’S NIGHT – May 12 – Organized by the GHCYBC, this seasonal event provides an opportunity for the sailing community to meet and greet the Commodores of our respective clubs and the local politicians who represent our concerns.  Always a great event! See the notice below.


RACE FOR THE CASE – May 21, 22 – This year being our second annual event, it marks our first race of the season, recently revised to a two-day regatta format from the previous one day Spring Series.  It was a great success in its inauguration last year and we hope to improve upon it this year with even greater attendance.  Please come out to either race or volunteer and help us make this our club’s banner event.


SUMMER SERIES - May 25 marks the start of our Wednesday night series.  Registration and its flyer are available on the club website and online registration is a snap – thanks to our Webmaster!


HUNTINGTON BAY CHAMPIONSHIP – June 4 – The Huntington Day Race and the Lloyd’s Trophy Race, a combined event co-sponsored by the HYC and LHYC comprises the Championship– check our website for more information and registration.


The LHYC sailing season will officially commence in just a few weeks – get those boats ready and I hope to see you all out on the water real soon. 


Warmest regards,


Joseph Scarpulla

Commodore LHYC





























 Come down and meet and mingle with our Government Officials, Club Commodores, officers, members of our local clubs and all of your fellow recreational boaters!






Our hosts for the evening:

The Northport Yacht Club

11 Bluff Point Road,

Northport, N.Y. 11768


Thursday – May 12th 2011 at 6:30 PM













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