2016 End of Season Race Results

Greenport Bay Race, PHRF Spinnaker 1

  • 3rd, Cloud 9, John Sommi

Greenport Bay Race, PHRF Spinnaker 2

  • 1st, Skanky Jane, Marc Robert
  • 5th, Jul Bocken, James Ecklund

Greenport Bay Race, PHRF Non-Spinnaker

  • 8th, Sachem, Jonathan Russo

Greenport Ocean Race, IRC Division

  • 1st, Barleycorn, Brendan Brownyard
  • 2nd, Bravo, Sedgwick Ward

Greenport Ocean Race, PHRF Spinnaker 1

  • 1st, Barleycorn, Brendan Brownyard

Greenport Ocean Race, PHRF Spinnaker 2

  • 3rd, Bravo, Sedgwick Ward

Greenport Ocean/Bay Race Full Results: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=2823

Whitebread Race, PHRF Spinnaker

  • 4th, Barleycorn, Brendan Brownyard
  • 7th, Etchells USA 1248, Will Ricketson (3rd Div. 3A)
  • 10th, Cloud 9, John Sommi (1st Div. 2A)
  • 12th, Bravo, Sedgwick Ward
  • 15th, Renegade, Jeff Pribor

Whitebread Race, PHRF Non-Spinnaker

  • 12th, Varuna, Peter Dinkel (2nd Div. 5A)
  • 17th, Buccaneer, Richard Tiernan (3rd Div. 6A)

Whitebread Race Full Results: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/12838#_newsroom

Etchells Worlds


Pictured: Scott Kaufman’s America Jane II, USA 1198, racing in Cowes.

Mid-Regatta Update, September 7: The 2016 Etchells Class World Championship is heating up over in historic Cowes, UK, as 58 of the world’s best teams compete for one of the most coveted prizes in one-design sailing. Many of the best amateur and professional sailors on the planet are present, including Olympic medalists, America’s Cup winners, and more. It is a tribute to the longevity and health of the Etchells that the annual World Championship continues to attract such a deep pool of talent. Three SIYC Fleet 15 boats are competing: Scott Kaufman helming America Jane II, Jay Cross helmingSkanky Gene, and Greg Hodkinson, Don Shillingburg, and Marc Robert onboardCool Shivy.

With five races completed out of a scheduled nine, the Shelter Island boats have certainly made their presence known. Three-time Olympian Cross and his team currently stand in 12th overall, pacing the SIYC contingent, with their best finishes being a 2nd and an 8th. Cross and his team are known as one of the fastest in the international fleet, and they have definitely demonstrated that so far. Fellow Olympian Kaufman lies just behind in 14th overall, but is currently carrying a 59-point UFD (over early) penalty accrued during Race 1. After that early hiccup, Kaufman has sailed very well, highlighted by a bullet in Race 5 (hopefully they gave him that shotgun shell!). If he can continue to finish consistently, Kaufman will drop the UFD score after six races and hopefully jump upwards. Hodkinson/Shillingburg/Robert onboard Cool Shivy opened their regatta with a very impressive finish in the teens, and are in 7th place overall in the highly competitive Corinthian division.

For results, news and race tracking, check out the event website: http://2016.etchellsworlds.org

Best of luck to all three Shelter Island boats, which have already made our club proud

– Will Ricketson

Etchells Long Island Sound Championship

Etchells Long Island Sound Championships

Mills family are King of the Bays!

Jay Mills, Jamie Mills, Chris Constant and Luke Reich prevailed in 6 races over a very strong 26 boat fleet of Etchells competitors who were graciously hosted for the weekend by the Shelter Island Yacht club and their excellent volunteers and staff teams.

Saturday delivered a tricky 12 knot easterly in Gardiner’s Bay that gradually faded throughout the day. What transpired were four challenging races where the current protection in the bottom right corner of the track, had to be balanced by the pressure and left shifts on the left of the track.

The Mills team started the regatta with a strong win from Thomas Hornos and Steve Benjamin in the opening race of the regatta. Team Mills confidently followed that up with a second to Ched Proctor and team who won Race two and Jay Cross and team who were third in race two.

Race three saw the leading four boats break away from the pack with a good tussle that saw Marvin Beckmann and crew grind out the win and Steve Girling’s team slide past Ched Proctor’s team for second.

The final race of the day saw the return of the Mills team, who were able to cross from the left halfway up the first beat to lead around the weather mark, from Girling and Hornos.

Girling got ahead at the leeward mark and ran away for the win. Mills just managed to hold off Hornos at the finish.

The fleet enjoyed a hearty dinner back at the club with Team Mills out in front with a 1,2,5,2, but a cluster of boats hot on their heels less than 10 points behind.

Sunday dawned with a light Easterly gradient, forecast to swing south and build to 8kts. The fleet towed to Orient Bay.

The first race on Sunday was a drifter, which likely only satisfied the winner, Ched and those who managed to hang in there in the front group (Marvin Beckmann, Steve Schram – they finished in that order…) or those who made Lazarus like recoveries from the back of the fleet to 4th on the final run (Jay Cross).

Finally the sea breeze settled in and we had a reasonable race in 7-9 kts. It was very clearly a pressure left, shift left track and the pin was favored, so everybody wanted to be there. Only team Mills were really able to execute the pin escape well and this converted into a handsome lead at the weather mark. Unfortunately the leaders gybed away from the favored side in the run (something about current…) and Scott Kauffman and crew welcomed the opportunity to stretch their legs at the front of the fleet. They sailed away for an easy win, followed by Marvin Beckman and the Mills/Constant clan who claimed the overall victory with their third.

So overall, Mills was two points ahead of Proctor who was a further three points ahead of Beckmann. Hornos and Girling were another two points back respectively.
A great weekend, good sailing, friendly, yet intense competition and a jovial mood ashore means we’ll be coming back to a Shelter Island Yacht club again, whenever they’ll have us.

Thank you.

Preview: Etchells Class Long Island Sound Championship


by Will Ricketson, Etchells USA 1248

Over the weekend, Shelter Island Yacht Club will play host to the Etchells Class Long Island Sound Championship, in yet another sign of the excellent health of one-design sailing here at our club. The LIS Champs holds special significance for the globally-popular Etchells fleet, as yacht designer Skip Etchells built, tested and raced the prototype hull on the Sound starting in 1966. The twenty-six boats currently entered into the regatta will therefore be competing for bragging rights and hardware near the birthplace of this venerable and beautiful class.

The regatta will also be marked by the presence of a large number of notable sailors at our club, such as Etchells World Champion Marvin Beckmann, Snipe World Champion Tomas Hornos, Finn World Champion and Olympian Hank Lammens, Olympic silver medalist and 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Steve Benjamin, noted sail designers Ched Proctor and Mike Marshall (North Sails), and many more.

This star-studded guest list will be met by a formidable 14-boat SIYC fleet that has boasted top domestic and international results over the past three years. SIYC will be represented by teams led by Olympians Scott Kaufman (America Jane II) and Jay Cross (Skanky Gene) and Boston University Sailing Coach Connor Needham (Bad Martha). SIYC will also send several Shelter Island club champions to the starting line including Steve Schram (Hogzilla), Barry Allardice (USA 1185), Peter and Andrew Rowsom (Mutiny), Commodore Jamie Mills, Jay Mills and Chris Constant (USA 1199), Marc Robert (Skanky Jane), and Will, Matt and John Ricketson (USA 1248), along with the experienced Andrew McFarland / Greg Hodkinson / Ben Dyett syndicate onboard Moment and Steve Martilla’s Puff Daddy.

The 2016 Etchells LIS Champs will be another event to put SIYC on the regional sailing map of late, following up on our club’s success at the 2015 NYYC Invitational Cup Qualifier (and the currently-underway 2016 NYYC Resolute Cup campaign), and the first edition of Race Week at Shelter Island, slated for early August 2016. SIYC members ranging from junior sailors to officers, trustees and commodores will participate in the 2016 Etchells LIS Champs, and will undoubtedly inspire more members and their families to participate in one-design sailing at the club.

Wish our hometown boats luck this weekend! Click here for the impressive list of entrants.