by Henry Piersig
We’re a go! On Nov 10, the Lake Yacht Racing Association (LYRA) approved the National’s proposal to host the LYRA Regatta in 2013. The LYRA 2013 Regatta will be a series of races held from July 28 to August 4. It starts with two “feeder” races that deliver boats to the site of further racing in the week.
The first group of boats will race overnight from Rochester to Toronto on July 28, competing for the Founder’s Cup as boats have since 1938. They will be followed the next day by racers in the Centennial Cup race, leaving Youngstown and also racing to Toronto. This race is likely to bring along a number of boats that have just finished the Levels Regatta at Youngstown Yacht club.
Once in Toronto those boats and others will race for the premier distance racing trophy on the lake, the Freeman Cup. This year’s race will take them from Toronto over to the American side of the lake, down to Hamilton, and back to Toronto. Sailors have coveted this trophy since 1921, and its list of winners is really a snapshot of the best of Lake Ontario’s racers. To the National’s credit this race was won last year by Zoomer Express!
After the long distance racing is done, three days of short course racing and parties follow. The National Yacht Club has hosted the LYRA regatta several times before — 1949, 1954, 1975, and 1994 — and the 2013 event already looks to be one of the best ever.
A number of classes, new and old, will be competing in LYRA 2013. Sailors in the Beneteau 36.7, Olson 30, 8 Meter, R Class, PHRF, IRC, and other fleets will be competing.
While the competition is always fierce, LYRA really is about the sailors of our two countries enjoying each other’s company and our borderless playground: Lake Ontario.
Congratulations to the National’s LYRA Hosting Committee for securing this event!
It has taken the efforts numerous people to get this off the ground: the Regatta Chair, Henry Piersig; the Race Management group: Stephen Jones, Lynne Beal, Doug Creelman, Kevin Brown, and Brian McKay; the Sponsorship, Communications and Marketing group: Scott Blair, Ron Jenkins, Vicki Piersig, Wendy Fischer, and Greg Marlo; Brian McKay and Kevin Brown planning Land Activities; Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination by Ian Pooles; Food and Beverage planning: Zoe Adrian and Vicki Piersig; the Budget guru, Wayne Mullins; Linda Beatty as Coordinating Secretary; Entertainment impresario, Stephen Jones; Awards and Regalia: Sandy Steffen; and Registration and Scoring: John Crawley and Wendy Fischer.
With over 40 clubs and associations LYRA’s racing and social events have brought together sailors from Canada and the US for 129 years!