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August 2017

Wide Variety of Sailing Vessels Featured at 119th LYC Race Week Regatta

By Stephen E. Lipken


A wide variety of sailing vessels competed at the Larchmont Yacht Club (LYC) Race Week Regatta, beginning on Saturday, July 15, ending on Sunday, July 23 with cannon and shotgun fire, leading to the awarding of many prestigious trophies to winning crews.


“We are excited to have our 119th Race Week,” according to LYC Commodore Andrew Kaplan.  “We  had a great turnout with 21 Etchells, 25 Vipers, the Etchells participating in the Long Island Sound (LIS) Championships; the Vipers in the Mid-Atlantic Championships…


“ We are hosting the Vanguard 15 Nationals, attracting younger college-age sailors…There are a couple hundred sailors participating and over 600 junior sailors on Monday, July 17; on Thursday, July 20, we host Opti Day (Optimist boats) with another 200 [children up to age 15].


“During the entire period we will have 700-800 sailors participating on the junior side and a couple of hundred on the senior side…”


The question was raised whether any competitor had ever tried to collapse the spinnakers/sails of their opponents to gain a speed advantage.  “[No, but] you are allowed to position your boat so that the other boat is in less favorable wind than your boat,” Vice Commodore Andrew B. Donnellan, Jr. responded.


Other types of ships participating included Ideal 18’s; One-Designs including Viper 640’s; Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) Cruising Yachts; Radials; Shields;  420’s; Fevas (two-person dinghy); J 105; PHRF Non-Spinnaker; S Boats and International One Designs (IOD).


Former Commodore Ned Ferrarone (1996-1997) whose son Ted is racing a Viper 640 explained that One Design means that all boats are designed to one standard, theoretically equal to each other, “but the true measurement of sailing is the ability of the crew, not the boat…”


Tenebrae Skipper William Ingraham said that his PHRF J124 “is a fast day-racing sloop.  We are fortunate to have an excellent crew aboard…with members of the United States Naval Academy Team and three former Captains of the Portsmouth Abbey Sailing Team… in addition to… seasoned hands like Carl Ordemann…”


Ingraham added that “Tenebrae” is Latin for “shadows,” since his ship has a black hull and sails.