SIYC July Ladies Race 

The wind was light as the enthusiastic group of women assembled at the Club on Sunday afternoon July 10 for the first 2016 Ladies H12 ½ Race. A total of 8 boats – 17 sailors – participated. After Jeff Bresnahan’s detailed skippers’ briefing, a delay for lack of wind seemed to fly by as the sailors caught up with one another and shared tactics and questions about the course.  Finally the breeze filled in and the course was set at the mouth of Dering Harbor and the boats were on the line. One race was achieved with conditions that varied from steady breeze to showers that dampened the breeze altogether. The sailors managed Jeff’s last-minute course change with little difficulty and were back on the hard within approximately an hour.

Some might argue that the best part of the regatta was the very lively after-party back at the Club. The snacks were excellent and much commented-upon, particularly the delicious shrimp spring rolls and guacamole. Prizes were awarded as follows:

First:  Siobhan O’Connor Hodkinson & Niamh Hodkinson

Second:  Heather Wolf & Tony Landry

Third: Lynn King & Kathy Hills

Additional prizes included:

Best Start:  Lisa Reich & Danielle Hamilton

Best Mark Rounding: Liana Slayter  & Poppy Allonby

Best Dressed:  Dianne Bailey & Kathy Zarchin

First Time Regatta Skipper: Lisa Reich

Three-in-a-Boat:  Genevieve Lynch, Alicin Williamson & Jennifer Van Sandt

A big thank you to Jeff Bresnahan and his all-female instructor race committee for organizing a fun and instructive race.

The next Ladies H 12 1/2 Race will be Sunday August 21.  The point of these races is to build a spirit of camaraderie as well as sailing and racing skills. If you think you might enjoy this very welcoming group, please contact the Sailing Director.  All levels of skill are welcome.

For a delightful account of SIYC’s very first Ladies’ Race in 1894, please read this brief report from the Brooklyn Eagle: “Fair Women at the Helm”