SIYC Race Week – A Brief Recap
If you have ever attended the commissioning ceremony you know that the club chaplain invokes a non-denominational yet powerful deity, and asks for “fair winds” for the sailing season. Well someone up there answered in the affirmative.
The S.I.Y.C. just concluded 3 days of top quality racing. The winds were plentiful Friday the 5th, more so on Saturday the 6th and accommodating on Sunday the 7th. Thirty-three boats registered. A fair proportion from adjoining waters and clubs.
There were two types of races. The first day was a counter clockwise circumnavigation of the island. The second and third were around the marks and buoys races.
The race committee was able to group the PHRF rated boats into 4 classes. This allowed for closer scores and better more evenly matched competition. The innovative use of rendezvous circles for the divisions in different bays ensured that the races were sailed in the best wind and tide conditions.
The organization was superb. The race committee, headed this year by John Kenney with the invaluable help from Jeff Bresnahan just ran a first rate regatta. Everything was well organized, from the notice of race and sailing instructions to the VHF on water communications. The instructions were always clear.
The racing was exciting and challenging. The boats sailed in Gardiners Bay on Saturday and Peconic on Sunday. The different divisions sailed different courses, again to take advantage of the wind and tide.
There were so many facets that made the regatta a success it would be hard to list them all…but here are a select few: seven commodores participated in the event, many yachts had multi-generational families on board, the comradery at the after parties was a great time to recap and catch up with friends, and finally the welcoming nature of all the race officers and club staff made everything so smooth.
Larry Landry of White Witch and Prospector fame was the guiding light behind the regatta. He could not have been more pleased at the results. “Spectacular racing” was his sum up observation.