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 athttp://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=985 and at www.NYYC.org
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 http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1035 . Enter now