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Why the LYRA Annual Regatta is Special
April 28th, 2015 @ 08:51 PM EST by Newsletter Author


We all have many choices of regattas to do but most of them are the same from year to year.  The LYRA Annual Regatta is unique, however.  There is the 131 year history of the organization and the fact that we move back and forth between the US and Canada.  Maybe the most interesting aspect, however, is that we go to a different host club each summer.  While the racing is consistently good the atmosphere on shore varies widely which is part of the charm.  Host clubs may be in big cities, they might be in modest cities or towns, or even in more rural settings.  In some cases the facilities are large and fancy, in others the club members are the ones serving behind the bar.  Whoever is the host that year gathers a committee for the sole purpose of putting on the best show they can, and the quality of the event is always high afloat and ashore.  Examples of some of the larger venues we have been to in recent years include a number of the big clubs in the Toronto area, Port Credit, Buffalo and Rochester.  At the other end of the spectrum we have had great events at smaller clubs in Whitby, Sodus Bay and Oswego.  Personally we had a ton of fun in 2012 when Oswego Yacht Club hosted.  If it were not for their LYRA we wouldn’t have had the pleasure of sailing there where we found the friendliness of the members to be exceptional.  racingSailing in different places with their own wind and water patterns adds a new dimension that keeps things interesting.  This year we go to Sodus Bay Yacht Club, a place with a history of doing a terrific job with the LYRA.  You won’t want to miss it.  As an added bonus, only boats doing the LYRA Course Racing series will qualify for the prestigious LYRA Boat of the Year award.  (from Don Finkle)

Registration is open

The planning is almost complete and we have published an online registration webpage you can find it by going to the SBYC LYRA 2015 website where you will find the registration webpage link.

All online registration pricing is developed with a discount ranging from 5% to 20% depending on the item. You’ll be able to register for your racing, purchase dinner event tickets, and lunches for your crew during the Course Racing Series. This is a perfect time to contact your crew to confirm their attendance and coordinate their dinner event and lunch needs. This is an easy and convenient way to make sure everyone has what they need when you show up and pick up your registration documents and dinner event tickets.

Notice of Race

After a long few months of development the Notice of Race is ready. It can be found on the registration webpage. In addition to the PHRF Lake Ontario Championship and the LYRA Regatta Championships for IRC, PHRF, and One-Design, we will have two other one-design championships being raced at this year’s LYRA 2015 Annual Regatta.

2015 Lake Ontario J/80 Hans Fogh Open

LYRA welcomes the J/80 fleet to this year’s event to compete for the Hans Fogh perpetual trophy. We would like to especially thank Lawrence Alexander for the coordination of bringing the J/80 fleet owners and racers to our event. The competition for this coveted trophy is shaping up to be intense.

2015 Olson 30 North American Championship

The Olson 30 fleet will be here competing for their North American Championship. With close cooperation with the Olson 30 fleet we have put together exactly what they need for this event. They will have their Course Racing Series as well as a Long Distance for boats competing for the Championship. Scott Lyons and Dave Savard were key fleet contacts to make this event happen. A warm welcome to the Olson 30 fleet as well from LYRA.

One-Design Fleets

We will see many other one design fleets at the regatta. Bob Elliott is coordinating the C&C 29 fleet to have a good showing of boats. The Universal Rule R Class are expected with a respectable turn out. The North American 8 Meter Association will be holding their regatta the following weekend at SBYC so we’re expecting a healthy fleet to be competing at LYRA as well. Rochester and points west have indication a Beneteau First 36.7 fleet as well as a strong IRC contingent of boats. Dan Mather is working on the J30 contingent looking to have a good showing as well. Last but not least is Jon Flowerday, working on the 10 boats in the International Laser 28 fleet around the lake, to attract enough boats for their own start.

LYRA Welcomes All Racers

One of the great things about this event is that all boats are welcome to compete. There are a lot of racers out there that want to compete that are not affiliated with LYRA through their club or one design association. Non-affiliated competitors can feel free to come and compete. We would like to point out that there is a small non-affiliated fee of $20 which you can find in the notice of race and on the online registration form.

Evening ceremonies, dinner, and entertainment

Thursday night we’ll be having Opening Ceremonies, followed by a dinner featuring pasta with marinara sauce, meatballs, Italian sausage, roasted vegetables, fresh garden salad and Italian bread. Local sailboat racing rock star Eric Will and his band Shameless Henry will kick off the beginning of four days of fun with some rock and roll to pump up the fleet for Course Racing.

Friday evening will be the Long Distance Awards Ceremony. Prepare yourself for Bar-B-Que chicken, salt potatoes, corn on the cob, fresh antipasto salad, fresh garden salad, dinner rolls and homemade assorted pies. The night will finish with local Rochester area band The Earthtones playing classic rock for our weary bones after the first day of Course Racing.

Saturday is pig roast day and we will have the spit set up and the pig roasting all day. The menu will be traditional roasted pig, corn on the cob, baked beans, coleslaw, apple sauce, fresh garden salad, corn bread and dessert cake. All this followed by rocking blues by club member Dave Riccioni & Friends with vocalist Natalie B.

Sunday is of course Awards Ceremonies and the food will be picnic style hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, Italian sausage with peppers and onions, pasta salad, baked beans and fresh garden salad. PJ Elliot will be playing easy listening beach and summer music as we wind down and honor the winners of the Lake Yacht Racing Association’s 131st Annual Regatta.

Racing summary of events

Sunday, July 26th: Founders Cup, starting from Oswego Yacht Club following their Sail Oswego Annual Regatta, and finishing at SBYC.

Tuesday, July 28th:Centennial Cup, starting from Genesee Yacht Club two days after the Youngstown Yacht Club’s CanAm Regatta, and finishing at SBYC

Wednesday July 29th: Freeman Cup, Long Course (100 nautical miles) and Short Course (60 miles)

Thursday, July 30th: Olson 30 Long Distance Race (30 miles)

Friday July 31st through Sunday August 1st: Course Racing Series.

All one-design fleets plus IRC and PHRF flying sails will race three days. PHRF Non Flying Sails (NFS) boats will race two days (Saturday and Sunday).

2015 LYRA sponsorship

As racers and business men and women we often have a unique opportunity to not only do what we love but to support what we love. I was able to buy a $600 half page ad in the 2015 LYRA Program Brochure for my business. My ad is expected to be seen by some 15,000 prospective customers around the lake when we distribute the program brochure to LYRA member clubs and racers during the event. Additionally, my company logo and link to my business website will be displayed on the LYRA 2015 Homepage and the LYRA 2015 Registration & Race Results page up to and I ncluding December 31, 2016. You have the opportunity to support the hobby you love and perpetuate great events like these by advertising. We have a comprehensive sponsorship opportunity flyer on the LYRA 2015 website. Pricing and brand exposure for online media, brochure display ads, and event sponsorships are detailed in the flyer. Contact information is detailed in the flyer, so give us a call to discuss these opportunities or if you know a business that would be interested in advertising.

(from SBYC Commodore, Bob Carey)

Great Sodus Bay venue

Many of you know Sodus Point and the local merchants and nightlife that goes on throughout the summer months. But, for those of you who don’t, the Point has a vacation community feel to it with the state beach on Lake Ontario and boating activities happening throughout the summer. The nightlife on the Point and around the Bay features live entertainment most every night with summer partiers enjoying the waterfront life we all love.

Race, relax, swim, fish or visit the local sites such as the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, Chimney Bluffs State Park, and historic Pultneyville.   We are about 40 minutes from Rochester, which offers the Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman House, Strong Museum of Play, and many more sites to see.

We hope to see you for a great week of racing and fun at SBYC.

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