The summer boating season is well under way and NYC cruisers are spreading all over the lake on voyages of discovery. The Lake Ontario 300 participants are now mostly recovered from the 310 nautical mile marathon of sailing.
Tal on the Water
This year I know our General Manager Tal participated in the double-handed race and had a great time with some fast sailing and of course the inevitable drift in the doldrums at mid-lake. Fortunately everyone made it back to work in time. Tal came in second in his division. Well done Tal!
Yesterday I saw Jonathan and Diane Bamberger on our NYC dock and enjoyed a brief visit. As you may know, “Spitfire” participated in the Newport Bermuda race this year. It’s really exciting to see NYC boats participating in these international events. Well done Jonathan, you make us proud. Read their story here.
Exciting Weeknight Racing
Closer to home, our evening races are getting to be much more fun with occasional brisk winds keeping us on our toes. There is nothing more exciting than reaching towards the down wind mark with the spinnaker drawing full, then raising the jib with a perfect spinnaker douse and rounding the mark with just enough room. Last Wednesday was very exhilarating. Sailing up wind in to what felt like a failing breeze only to be almost knocked over and then lifted 10 degrees towards the windward mark. Whoever said that watching a sail boat race was like watching grass grow has obviously not participated in our Wednesday night racing.
Drain the Basin – A Great Time!
The first” Drain the Basin “ Regatta was a great success. Thanks so much to Sandy Steffen, our VC Fleet and her crew of volunteers. Less than a week before this event, some of us were wondering if we would have a poorly attended event but thanks to stellar efforts by Sandy and her crew encouraging folks to participate we had a really fun regatta with over 40 participants. The pursuit race and the cruise was a really interesting way of encouraging folks who perhaps would normally not participate in a regatta. Sandy’s idea was to encourage all boaters at NYC to participate in this activity and it worked. I look forward to next year’s “Drain the Basin” and won’t be at all surprised if we double the numbers. Congratulations to the committee on a job well done.
Room at Racing School for August Sessions
NYC Sailing and Racing School is operating at full pace and last month I mentioned that we still had room available for students in the August sessions. I am happy to advise that the instructors did such a good job in the early sessions that many of our students signed up again for another session.
There will very likely be spots available for Can-sail 1 and 2 so talk to your friends and encourage them to introduce their children to the wonderful sport of sailing. These young people are learning life-time skills
Upcoming Commodore’s Cruise
Please remember to book a place on the Commodore’s cruise scheulded for August 23rd.This event will take place at Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club. Last year was a blast with Calypso music and an open bar. This year we plan a pot luck dinner and Anne and myself will be delighted to host all participants at a complementary dessert table. See you there and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes.
See you on the water!
Denys Jones Commodore the National Yacht Club