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Wed. October 7, 2018 – Races 1, 2 & 3 (Fall Series)

     The Fall Series was sailed on warm October day. The wind started at 7-8 and finished lower, but held enough for three good races. Overall 1-Jeepers 2-Trinity 3-Panic Attack

     Thanks to Robin Ricca and crew Joyce Mulcahy, Mark Pine, and Bonnie Pine for volunteering as RC.

     See Race Results for finishes and link to Fall Series Standing.

Wed. September 5, 2018 – Race 16 (Summer Series Ends)

     Great evening for the final Wed. night.  Wind from the south at +/-10.  Course Y4 let everyone finish just before dark with the early sunset.  Close racing with everyone together at the tight downwind mark rounding.  Trinity led early.  Panic Attack led at the end.  (Hard to see all the place changes from the RC with the early sunset and the distraction of all the food on the cockpit table of Five Star, Ed W.’s Tartan 41, thanks to the “ladies’ of Force G4.)

Final overall standing for the 2018 Summer Series is 1. Surcease, 2. Trinity, 3. Force G4

     See Race Results for finishes and link to Summer Series Standing.

Wed. August 29, 2018 – Race 15 (Summer Series)

     Beautiful warm August night with 8- 12 WNW winds. Heard the left side paid off at the end of the first beat. Usually does with that wind direction. Panic Attack took the lead and held it. Stunning view watching you guys tack right thru the setting sun on the second beat. Race committee could have increased the length of the start line a bit, but you guys live in and around NEW YORK. You should be used to driving in heavy traffic.  -  Willie/RC Trouble


Wed. August 22, 2018 – Races 13 & 14 (Summer Series)

     PRO Asher directed the RC team from the Poop Deck of Trinity.  At the same time he distracted the race crews by looking cute and blowing bubbles, the latter also serving as an effective barge bouy.  Two races were held, both to Z, the first with 4 legs, the second with 2 legs.  Some racers were too eager to start resulting in a general recall for the first race and individual recalls on the second race.  PRO Asher directed the RC team to get the second race off asap and the sequence for the 2nd race began with about 10 seconds to spare before the SI published sunset time.  -  Force G4 won the first race and Surcease won the second.


Wed. August 15, 2018 – Races 11 & 12 (Summer Series)

     Surcease and Trinity each take a first.

     See Race Results for finishes.

Wed. August 8, 2018 – Races 9 & 10 (Summer Series)

     During the first race at course Y4, the wind was a steady 10-11 knots. Six boats chose the left hand side of the course, while one boat went right. Heat Wave made it to the upwind mark in 6 minutes. Surcease came from behind picking off 1, 2, then 3 boats. 

     The second race was changed due to an increase of wind - now to nearly 14 knots to a Y6. At the start 2 boats went right, the rest left. Surcease was again first to the mark and led the race all 6 legs with a strong finish.  – Joyce Mulcahy, RC crew - Seven Seas

Wed. August 1, 2018 – Races 7 & 8 (Summer Series)

     Surcease wins two!

     See Race Results for finishes.

Wed. July 25, 2018 – Races 5 & 6 (Summer Series)

     Predicted wind was for a blowout. Never happened. At Race time wind was 8-12 with a rare build to 14-15, all from the SSW with shifts of +/- 10 deg.  Force G4 had an early lead, but Surcease won with Trouble holding off Force G4 for second place.

     Second race saw the wind dwindle to 6-10 with an occasional 12. This time Force G4 held onto first with Surcease finishing second.

Wed. July 18, 2018 – Races 3 & 4 (Summer Series)

     Nice evening for racing, even if it was a bit shifty.  Seemed like the breeze was about 10 kts., with gusts in the 12/13 range, out of N and NNW.  We set a W mark south and west of C and the no sail zone.  We figured east of Z mark would give us some options.  Took us a few minutes to set the line, and then discovered that Z was a better choice. So the first race a Z4 course with Seven Seas winning, nicely playing a shift, and Trinity finishing second.

     Second race, also Z4, started at about 7:40 and the last racer crossed at about 8:13, a bit slower than the first as the wind did die down a little bit during the race. Jeepers took first, holding on all the way down the final leg ahead of second place Force G4.  –Surcease/RC (Thanks Henry Muench)

Wed. July 11, 2018 – Races 1 & 2 (Summer Series Begins)

     Teach us to get out there early. When we set up originally, we were in a pathetic easterly, so we set up for that and hoped it would hold. Lo and behold, the sea breeze started filling in so we moved around and set up for that. Apologies for the short legs; at the time, there wasn't much strength and we didn't believe it would build. So, of course it did. So after a W4 first race (Surcease wins, Force G4 second), a longer W6 second race (Seven Seas wins, Trinity second).

     By the time 7:00 rolled around, we had a nice 10 kt. southerly that had settled in somewhere between C and W marks. We flipped a coin and went with C, then kept watching it shift left during the sequence for race 1. We finally blew it down when it became obvious we had a defective coin.  –Panic Attack/RC

Wed. June 27, 2018 – Races 13 & 14 (Spring Series Ends)

     Surcease had another big night winning both races. The first race the fleet split in half driving left and right down the course. Several boats went to Country Club on the shoreline. A quick course Y4 race was completed in just over 20 minutes with wind gusts to 20 knots, so the race committee deciding to make the 2nd race longer.

     Four out of the six boats went left just over the start line. With 2 legs added in this race to make it six legs total, three boats merged tight around the 2nd windward mark. On the fifth leg of the race toward the 3rd windward mark, the two lead boats were just one boat apart. At the finish were only one second apart with Surcease ahead of Panic Attack.

     See Race Results for finishes and link to Final Spring Series Standing.

Wed. June 20, 2018 – Races 10 & 12 (Spring Series)

     We confirmed the position of the “Y” Mark and then set up a course based on the Southerly (180) breeze which started at 7-9K and increased to 8-12K. The breeze was so steady over our course all evening that the lead boat on each leg completed each leg in both races (10 legs in all) in 6 minutes, plus or minus 15 seconds.  – Heat Wave/RC

     Surcease had another big night winning both races.

Wed. June 13, 2018 – Races 9 & 10 (Spring Series)

     First race course Y4 in a spotty SW 5 kts. Second race also Y4 with the SW breeze increasing to 7-8 kts. Surcease and Trinity made big returns, finishing 1-2, 2-1.

     RC of Allegria crew led by Robin Ricca did a good job in light conditions.

Wed. June 6, 2018 – Races 7 & 8 (Spring Series)

     My apologies to the sailors on for sending you to a non-existant R mark. My intention was to send the fleet around the orange Y mark due west of W, and dead upwind from the committee boats position. Problem is, after 25 years of racing around the "R" mark in almost that exact location, I didn't think to check the identity of that mark, which is the one I found, fiberglassed, primed and painted last year.

     I thought maybe the course length was a little long, but the first boat rounded the Y mark @ 7:14 which is less than 10 minutes from starting time. We would have had two good 4 leg races had I sent you to the Y mark in the first place. Sorry kids. –Willie, RC Trouble

          By the way – Panic attack won first race with Force G4 second. In the second race Panic Attack won again! With Seven Seas second.

Wed. May 30, 2018 – Races 5 & 6 (Spring Series)

     Wind 12 knots from the southwest. Race 1 course a W4. Race 2 a longer W6. Jeepers had the best night with a 2nd then a 1st. Allegria won the first race.

Wed. May 23, 2018 – Races 3 & 4 (Spring Series)

     At the start of Race 1 winds were about 5 knots from the northwest and the course was a short 2 leg course.  Race 2 featured stronger winds with the wind peaking in the low teens.  Seven Seas took the night with 2 wire to wire first place finishes.  Force G4 had a strong start to Race 2 and finished the night with a 3rd and 2nd place finish.  RC – Surcease

Wed. May 16, 2018 – Races 1 & 2 (Spring Series Begins)

     Nasty weather but at least there was wind.  Wind was generally from the northeast and oscillating around City Island.  It rained, we had fog, but we had two races - I2 and I4. Finish between Allegria and Force G4 in the second race was less then 1sec. See Race Results for finishes.

     Couldn’t get the committee boat motor started to return to the Club so we just sailed in. RC boat complements of Roger Karlbach of HYC.  Nothing nicer then a power capstan to raise the anchor and a power with to raise halyards and trim sails.  I could easily get used to that.  Thanks Roger.    – Jeepers/RC

Skippers Meeting - Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 12 PM



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