This past month
May has seen the fleets come alive which, of course, sees the start of racing season. The season opener, the annual Spring Round the Island Race saw 35 boats competing. The first boat to finish was Spitfire (1 hour and 4 minutes). The divisional winners were Zingara (PHRF I), Jazz (PHRF II), Carpe Ventus (PHRF III), Windburn (PHRF IV), Cirrus (PHRF V), Hooligan (Shark), CAN-1509 (J-22) and Surprise (Melges 24). The overall best PHRF was Jazz. Congratulations to all!
Weeknight racing as begun and the competition is fierce. The winds have been blowing in true spring fashion and have made everyone’s cobwebs come out in a hurry. Don’t forget, if you don’t register or check in with the RC, you won’t get to be on the podium.
June we will look forward to the Toronto Area Hospice Regatta on June 15-16 and the combined C&C Owners and Shark North Americans June 28-July 1. Make sure you register for these regattas and enjoy all the hard work the NYC regatta volunteers have put into making these events a fantastic experience for all participants.
We have some excellent competitors at NYC who are not exclusive to events at the club. This past weekend the Ash Bridges Bay Yacht Club saw lots of NYC racers on the podium including Xoomer Xpress and Press Gang finishing 2nd and 3rd (IRC 1), Zoo2 finishing 2nd (IRC 3), Zingara finishing 3rd (Beneteau 36.7) and 2 NYC Etchells, Rain and CAN 968) finishing 1st and 2nd. Well done!
Earlier this spring, Press Gang (Farr 30 helmed by Roland van Hazel) finished 3rd overall in the Mid Atlantic Championship of the Annapolis NOOD. In an 11 boat fleet, the racing was very tight with 1 point separating each of 2nd through 4th at the start of the 8th race. Final positions were not decided until the last leg of the last race. Barking Mad finished first and local Annapolis boats, Ramrod and Seabiscuit finished 2nd and 4th. Press Gang was the only Canadian entry in the Farr 30 division. Press Gang will also participating in Block Island Race Week and the Farr 30 North American and World Championships this summer, all in Newport Rhode Island. Congratulations to the PG team and good luck in Newport!
The NYC Match Racing team was on the road again in May. The 2013 team continues to include Magnus Sandberg (skipper), Chris Clarke (tactician/main) and Jason Hearst (bow). New additions for 2013 are Tristan Story (from the Toronto UK Sailmakers loft) and Keith Hearst (NYC Sailing and Racing School coach). The team has been training at NYC in the Match Racing Club J-22s and you may have seen them with MR Club members out training in the area between the club and Ontario Place. While deemed crazy by those enjoying warmth, the early practice paid off. The team traveled to Oakcliff Sailing Center for the Spring Clinigatta. The regatta kicked off with a round robin for the eight teams where Team NYC sailed against teams from the US, the UK and Canada and finished with a record of 5 wins and 2 losses. Congratulations to the MR team and wishing you good winds and fast moves in the upcoming events. For details about the racing, see Chris Clarkes piece below.
Don’t forget about Sailpast this coming Saturday June 1 and wear your whites and navy so we can all look like proper yachting folks.
See you on the water!
Vice Commodore – Fleet