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Fall Gold Cup – NHYC Sept. 10-11, Junior Sabot, Laser, FJ

While technically we’e not quite to fall yet, there were still more than 160 sailors enjoying a typical fall weekend at NHYC last Saturday and Sunday. Wind was steady southerly Saturday, and racers saw everything from brief showers and cooler temperatures to steady 10 knot westerlies. Sunday’s wind was more westerly than Saturday, and this helped open up the race course for the large Sabot fleets.

Among the top finishers: Scott Sinks/Greer Watson (SDYC/NHYC) dominated a tough 50 boat CFJ fleet over Cambell D’eliscu and Davis Hanscom (both NHYC). Sabot National Champ Joseph Hou finished three points ahead of BCYC’s Derek Pickell in Sabot A. In Sabot B, Max Mayol (BCYC) was the top local boat, finishing third, while his brother Jake took overall honors in Sabot C1. Becca Welsh (NHYC) was 5th out of 33 boat in Sabot C2s, as BYC’s Jeffrey Peterson was dominant in a 31-boat Sabot C3 fleet.


New York Yacht Club Invitational – Sept. 11-18 – Racing started this week in the New York Yacht Club Invitational (NYYC, Newport RI) – Newport Harbor Yacht Club’s team earned the right to race in New York Yacht Club’s inaugural invitation regatta. This exclusive invitational event is open to amateur yacht club teams from around the world, and has attracted 20 of the top amateur yacht club teams from the US and internationally. The NHYC team is led by Jim Madden, and includes Payson Infelese who skippered the NHYC’s boat in this events qualifier, and recent Harbor 20 champion Bill Menninger. Ironically, Menninger’s son Michael, a 2011 All American sailor from St. Mary’s College, is competing against his dad as part of the Royal Bermuda YC team.

This is a one-design race in identical Swan 42s. Because this is an 11-race series with no throw-outs, it puts a real premium on starts, teamwork and boat handling. As of press time Sept. 13, the NHYC team had racked 8-3-7 finishes in the first three races, and this had them in 6th place overall (and one point out of 4th) with eight races left to sail. Breezes during this first day of racing were a steady 10 knot southwesterly.

BYC/BCYC Schooner Challenge Cup. Sept. 18 – This Sunday, BYC and BCYC square off in Los Angeles Maritime Museum’s identical 90 foot schooners in a grudge match off the Balboa Pier. While details of BCYC’s team have been kept secret, anonymous sources have leaked to the Indy that BYC’s boat will be the Exy Johnson, which will arrive in Newport around 1 p.m. this Saturday. Additionally, BYC’s crew is expected to be lead by former America’s Cup tactician Andy Rose, with Tom Purcell helming, and Patrick Leber as sailing master. Jim Wentz will be serving in the critical “Master Gunner” role. Look for this “Historic” match racing event this Sunday afternoon off Balboa.

Roy Woolsey Regatta Sept 18 – LIYC (Laser, Lido 14) – This regatta Sunday off the Lido Isle clubhouse honors longtime Lido 14 class stalwart (and all-around gentleman sailor) Roy Woolsey.


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