Etchells Newport Worlds 2014

Congrats to all who competed in the Worlds!  It was fun to watch from the armchair of the office.  I know many of us were very jealous  to not be able to experience it in person.
Some of the highlights from the regatta.
95 Boats on the starting line
Hosted by NYYC
The most competitive group of Etchells sailors ever assembled.  It is hard to count all the AC, Olympians, Volvo, other class champions, Etchells Champions that were racing.
John Bertrand’s return to Newport for the first time since 1983.
All of our Fleet teams had their moments
Congrats to Scott Kaufman who was our top SIYC member for finishing 11th in the regatta,  He also had 3rd, 8th, and 10th places.  Nice job to Scott and his crew!
Congrats to Will Ricketson for being champions for  “Under 35 trophy”  Will also had an 11th in a race.
Congrats to Jay, Jamie Mills, Chris Constant, and Luke Reich for their 2nd and 9th.
Congrats to Jay Cross, Aubrey, Ethan Doyle, Meredith and Peter Carroll who all had finishes in the top 26.
Results can be found:

Friday Flyer 6/26/2015


Class times Summer 2015 

 Please see your class time below: 
 JY 1 T/TH 8:15-9:45
JY 1 T/TH 10:15-11:45
JY 2 M/W/F 10:15-12:45
OPTI 1 M-F 9:00-12:00
OPTI 2 M-F 8:30-11:30
Laser AM/420 AM M-F 8:30-11:30
OPTI 3 M-F 1:30-4:30
OPTI ADV M-F 1:30-4:30
Laser PM/420 PM M-F 1:30-4:30

Drop off and Pick up:  Please do NOT drive into the yard. We have sailors walking around and we ask you  NOT to drive there for their safety.

Please Call the Sailing Center with any questions 749-1829

June 29th, Monday Fun Night: The theme is Model Boat Building and Ice Cream Sundae Night from 6-7:30pm!  Sailors will make their own model boats from recycled materials and follow that up with a make-your-own-sundae!  Dinner will not be served and this is open to all JY 2’s and above.

Lunch with the Director!  This will be held every Friday afternoon at 12:30 on the back deck.  Please join Jeff to talk about the week.  He is there to answer questions and listen to feedback.

Dress Code: Please remember to have your sailors in proper attire during the day while at the Yacht Club.  Girls need to have a shirt and shorts over their bathing suits and Boys must have a shirt on or their lifejacket on.  Hair:  Girls with long hair are required to wear them up in a pony tail or a bun.  This is for safety purposes only.

Upcoming Events

Monday Fun Night
JY 2 and above

Heatherton Race
Club Series–Opti 3 and above
Regular Class Time

Forth of July Parade
During Regular Class Time
AM class will parade at 10AM at North Pier
PM class will parade at 2PM at North Pier

Please hand in your Regatta permission form soon, so we can start to plan for our first travel Regatta.  If you would like to volunteer to help out at any of our home regattas, please contact Karen Panarella @ Regattas:
Wednesday, July 8: OPTI Invitational @ SIYC
Thursday, July 9th: Western Districts @ Seacliff

Tuesday, July 10th: Old Cove for OPTIS


Always available at the J-Club with Karen.

Parent Of The Day

All Parents of JY 1, JY 2, Opti 1 and Opti 2 are required to serve as a parent-of-the-day twice over the course of the summer. Please sign up using the link below.  If you have any questions or difficulty using GoogleDocs,  Karen Panarella at

 click this link to sign up for your 2 time slots:

Report from the deck of the Barleycorn at the NYYC 160th Annual Regatta:

Report from the deck of the Barleycorn at the NYYC 160th Annual Regatta:

With the Bermuda Newport Race coming up it is already peak season in Newport and this past weekend numerous SIYC boats (and many SIYC sailors) led by Commodore Pribor aboard Renegade participated in the 160thAnnual Regatta of the New York Yacht Club (160 consecutive years!).  This was the largest turn-out ever for this annual regatta with 189 teams competing. This event is also a tune-up for the Etchell’s Worlds at NYYC on June 21st with 100 of the very best sailors in the world competing including John Bertrand who snatched away the America’s Cup for Australia in 1983 and ended NYYC’s 136 year hold on the Cup.

The event consists of a separate “Around the Island Race” (except Etchell’s) on Friday and separate Class racing mostly around drop marks for all Sat. & Sun. but the entire weekend was bedeviled by extremely light breezes.  The Around Island race was started in an almost non-existent 3 knot breeze and was shortened at the Jamestown bridge at about a 10 mile distance.  “Rock hopping” to avoid the adverse current was the order of the day along with as many as a dozen spinnaker sets and douses as boats maneuvered to stay in the veins of light breeze.  Commodore Landry and the White Witch crew took third in their 8 boat IRC division and Brendan Brownyard’s Barleycorn took 2nd in the 10 boat Swan 42 One Design division. The divisions for Sedg Ward’s Bravo and Renegade started considerably later in even less breeze which kept Renegade from finishing within the time limit and Bravo took 6th.

Light Breezes continued for the remainder of the weekend with White Witch taking 3rd in Division with  2nd and  6th place finishes and Renegade taking an 8th and a 2nd place to take 5th in their 8 boat division.  Barleycorn tied for 4th scoring a 7th  and  2nd place in their 10 boat division.

Weak breezes only allowed one race in the hotly contested Etchell’s Class of 41 boats with Barr Allardice finishing-10th,  Scott Kaufman-19th, Jay Cross-20th  and Will Ricketson-38th.   Full results can be found on Yacht Scoring at and at

Reminder:  SIYC’s first Big Boat race of the season is the Heatherton Trophy on Sun. July 6th   _ remember the after race party at SIYC and entry is on “Yacht Scoring” at . Enter now

Team Renegade placed 2nd in the PHRF division within her class this past Sunday
Team Renegade placed 2nd in the PHRF division within her class this past Sunday

Jr. Sailing Orientation Letter

June 11, 2014

Dear SIYC Junior Sailing Family,

We are pleased you will be joining us for summer 2014.  The start of the sailing program is just around the corner.  Please make note of the following important information…

Mandatory Orientation Day meeting and BBQ
Sunday, June 22nd  ~   See page 2 for schedule

Orientation Day overview:

  1. Boat inspection (mandatory) – each boat will be inspected for seaworthiness and safety.

Vendors will be on site to purchase equipment.

  1. Review of daily summer schedule and sailing calendar.
  2. Meet the instructors!
  3. Regatta information for appropriate classes.
  4. Spirit Gear Sale…for kids and adults!
  5. Sailors new to the program should bring a copy of birth certificate.

Please note, sailors will not be permitted in the program until paperwork is complete, full payments are received, and boats have passed the safety inspection.

All sailors will need – for Orientation Day:

  1. BOAT, including rudder, centerboard, mast, boom, sprit and sail.
  2. US Coast Guard approved life jacket with a whistle.
  3. Bailer(s).
  4. Beach shoes or sailing boots.  Crocs are not permitted.  Open-toe shoes are not permitted. Keen water shoes or Gill dinghy boots are good options.
  5. Spray top/weather gear – optional but recommended.

Reminder to all sailors (excluding JY’s):            
You need to purchase a boat before the start of the program (please disregard if you are renting from the club).  Check our website to see if there are used boats available or try the Dinghy Shop or Sail Action

We’d like email addresses for anyone involved in your sailor’s schedule – sailors, grandparents, babysitters, older siblings, etc.  Email blasts will be used throughout the season to share timely and important information.  Please go to:
Member Log In
My Account
Contact Info
Additional Emails  …you can add multiple addresses, separated by commas
Remember to scroll to the bottom and click UPDATE PROFILE

Please call the SIYC reservation line at 631-740-0888 ext. 104 to RSVP for the BBQ. The cost is $14 for adults and $7 per child.

Many thanks and See You Soon!

Whitney & Janet

   SIYC Junior Sailing Mandatory Orientation Day, June 22nd

Sailing Class

Boat Check in the Yard

Mandatory Class Meeting
Back Deck

JY 1 and JY2


9:00 – 9:30

Opti 1 and Opti 2

8:30 – 10:30

10:30 – 11:00

Opti 3

10:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 12:00

Opti ADV

12:45 – 1:30

1:30 – 2:00

AM and PM
Laser and 420
12:45 – 2:00 2:00 – 2:30

LUNCH  11:30 – 1:30

come early or stay late to catch up with friends
REGATTA readiness meeting
Opti 3, Opti ADV, 420 PM, & Laser PM
Wednesday, June 25 – 3:00 p.m., back deck
Parents of sailors who will be participating in regattas this summer

Adult Racing Program

Shelter Island Yacht Club

Dear SIYC Members,

As part of our ongoing commitment to sailing development, beginning this season we are looking for adult members interested in competing in outside events with other yacht clubs.  This adult racing program will be aimed at the full range of our membership: from young members to masters, novices to experts.  Please feel free to contact Jeff Bresnahan, our sailing development director, if you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available.

Below are several of those opportunities:

2014 U.S. Qualifying Series for the 2015 NYYC Invitation Cup

Over the winter, we were among a select group of clubs throughout the country invited to compete in the US Qualifying Series for the 2015 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup.  The regatta will be raced in J/70s and Sonars, with the Top 3 teams qualifying for a berth in the 2015 Invitational Cup presented by Rolex.  The NYYC Invitation Cup has gained notoriety as the world’s premier Corinthian, one-design big-boat regatta.  You can learn more about the event here:

We would like to put our best foot forward and will be seeking a high level of skilled adult sailors who can commit to several practices throughout the summer.  If you are interested please contact Jeff Bresnahan no later thanJune 1st .

Potential Practice Schedule – utilizing local Sonars and J/70s
Sunday, June 29
Sunday, July 13 & 27
Sunday, August 10
From 1200 to 1800 hours

Potential Travel Events
August 22-24, Marblehead, MA – J/70
TBD, Noroton, CT – Sonar

2014 Invitation Cup Qualifying Series
September 1-6

Match Racing and Team Racing Team

In addition, if there is enough interest, we are hoping to schedule “challenge” events with clubs in the area that have Team Racing Keel Boats. We will also pursue Match Racing events hosted by other active clubs on Long Island Sound.

We are excited about these new initiatives for adult sailing and hope that a number of you will be interested – please contact Jeff Bresnahan at if you would like to get involved or have any questions.


Jeffrey D. Pribor

H12 1/2 Fleet News 2014

The Shelter Island Yacht Club H12 1/2 fleet is looking forward to a busy season of racing in 2014. In addition to our regular weekly Saturday series, we are initiating a “Sunday Spinnaker Series”.  On June 29, July 20 and July 27 we will offer spinnaker racing to all interested sailors, followed by comments by Sailing Director Jeff Bresnahan.  This is a great opportunity to fine tune your skills.

Our season begins on Saturday, June 21 with the Skipper’s Meeting in the Slicker Room at 1000 hours and our first race at 1400 hours.  Please remember to bring your $20 fleet dues to the meeting.

This is the one hundred year anniversary of the H12 ½ Class and this year’s National Championship will be hosted by the Buzzard’s Yacht Club in Pocasset, MA.  There are several special events planned to mark the anniversary and we are hoping to have several boats from Shelter Island make the trip and enjoy the festivities