Posted on 02 December 2011
Last Saturday, November 26th the Breakwater Yacht Club ran its annual frostbiting race. Ten racers showed up on a warm almost perfect Fall day with bright sunshine and, well, very little wind. The Noyac Bay Informal But Competitive Laser Racing Association offered up great tee shirts to all contestants, and Phao restaurant awarded two gift certificates. One to Derrick Galen,the top overall racer and the other to Katlyn Cummins, the top HIgh School sailor. Second place went to Tavis Moonan and third place went to Mike Gershenson.
Breakwater Yacht Club offers community sailing all during the year. This years frostbiting season runs on Sundays at 2pm as long as weather permits.
Posted on 22 October 2010
The Breakwater Yacht Club completed its Fall Series of Wednesday night races on October 13 with Lee Oldak and Dan Kalish onboard Purple Haze taking first in the Spinnaker Division 1 that night, followed by Steve Kenny and Greg Ames on Gossip and Fred Stelle skippering Witchli. In Spinnaker Division 2, Osprey driven by George Martin, took first, followed by White Lightning (Jim Smyth) and Bellatrix (Camerino/Gaites/Frizell).
The BYC also announced the top boats in the entire fall series, with Gossip claiming top honors in the Spinnaker Division 1. Skoot, captained by Jim Voss, took second and Jibber Jabber with David Jannetti at the helm, took third. Witchli placed fourth and Purple Haze, fifth.
In the Spinnaker Division 2, top honors went to Osprey, followed by White Lightning, and Wave Equation with Bruce Dinsmore and Joan Worthing in charge. Swan’s Way (Chris DiSuno) and Impromptu (Sean Leary), took fourth and fifth respectively.
The club also announced a correction to its May Series results.
Taking first in the Spinnaker 1 Division was Gossip with Skoot taking second and Purple Haze taking third.
Posted on 18 September 2009
Purple Haze, Osprey and Plurabelle took first place honors in their respective Divisions in Breakwater’s 13 race Summer Series. Other awards went to Gossip (2nd place) and Ice-Nine (3rd place) in Division 1; White Lightning (2nd place) and Impromptu (3rd place) in Division 2; and Swans’ Way (2nd place) and Satori (3rd place) in Division 3.
The Fall “Rum” Series of six Wednesday night races got underway in Shelter Island Sound on September 9 with a 6:15 p.m. start. Winds were 15 – 25 knots with higher gusts; the tide was ebbing. In Division 1, Buckaroo (Captain Bruce Tait) took first place. Ice-Nine (Captain Tom Stewart) finished second and Witchli (Captain Fred Stelle) came in third. In Division 2, Osprey (Captain George Martin) finished first. Impromptu (Captain Sean Leary) and Kingfisher (Captain Scott Gaeckle) finished in second and third place respectively. Bellatrix (Captains Camerino, Gaites and Frizell) finished first in Division 3; Plurabelle (Captain Andrea Bourel) finished second and Satori (Captain Peter Dyner) finished in third place.
Posted on 20 August 2009
On August 15th, the Breakwater Yacht Club hosted the 27th Annual Sag Harbor Cup. The race was inaugurated in 1982 and has been hosted by the BYC since 1988. The regatta mission has remained consistent over time – to support youth sailing and to inspire a love for the waters around Sag Harbor among young people. The benefit raised funds for BYC’s Jr. Sailing Program scholarships for local area youth and for the Pierson HS Sailing Team.
The regatta was a pursuit race whereby yachts start based on their handicap with the faster classes starting later so that all boats should reach the finish line at approximately the same time. The first yacht left the starting line at 10:05 AM against an ebbing current and with very light winds out of the Southwest. By race end, the current was flooding and winds were out of the Southwest at 11 knots. The last yacht crossed the starting line at 10:42 AM. The course was a circumnavigation of Shelter Island, counter clockwise.
Overall regatta winners for first, second and third place were: Witchli with corrected time of 4 hours twenty five minutes and 6 seconds. Witchli was sailed single handed by Chris Dowling. In second place, 47 seconds later, was Purple Haze (Captains Oldak and Kalish). Gossip (Captains Kenny and Ames) took third place, three minutes and five seconds behind.
During the course of the race, Ice-Nine and WaveTrain did not correctly round the N8 mark. Roxanne protested and WaveTrain returned to correct their error. Loki ran aground and was helped off by a jet ski. Waypoint grounded at Conklin Point. Buckaroo withdrew before completing the race.
Other trophies were awarded for Crew Uniforms to Wave Equation, Best Theme to Ridin’Port for their bikini attire, Bowditch Award (for navigation lessons) to Waypoint and Loki who both ran aground, Rocket Award for best time to WitchLi and the Hero’s Trophy to HCII for last to finish (five hours, 33 minutes and 29 seconds).
Posted on 05 August 2009
The Notice of Race for the 27th Annual Sag Harbor Cup, to be hosted by Breakwater Yacht Club, is available on the club’s website: www.BreakwaterYC.org. The Cup Race will be held on Saturday, August 15. The Race format will be a Pursuit Race whereby yachts start based on their handicap with the faster classes starting later so that all boats reach the finish line at approximately the same time. The first yacht will leave the starting line at 10:05 AM. The course is a circumnavigation of Shelter Island (subject to course shortening due to poor winds or weather).
The regatta mission has remained consistent over time – to support youth sailing and to inspire a love for the waters around Sag Harbor among young people. This year’s proceeds from racing entry fees, a post race party along with a reggae band (Project vibe) and silent auction will benefit the Pierson HS Sailing Team.
BYC’s Summer Race Series continues through Labor Day. The July 22nd race started with light winds (5 – 8 knots out of the NE) and the beginning of a flooding current. In Division 1, Gossip (Captains Kenny and Ames) finished first followed by Skoot (Captain Jim Vos) one minute and 45 seconds behind. Ice-Nine (Captain Tom Stewart) finished in third place 5 minutes and three seconds later. Buckaroo, Skoot and Two Potato crossed the starting line early and were forced to re-round and start again.
In Division 2, Osprey (Captain George Martin) finished first. Kingfisher (Captain Scott Gaeckle) took second place and White Lightning (Captain Jim Smyth) finished third two minutes 33 seconds and 17 seconds behind respectively.
In Division 3, Plurabelle (Captain Andrea Bourel) took first place followed by Loki (Captains Webber and Ivans) in second place and Swansway (Commodore DiSunno) in third place.
On July 29th the race started with winds out of the southwest of 10 – 14 and gusting during the race to 20 knots. The current changed from a flood to an ebb during the race. In Division 1, Skoot took first place by six seconds followed by Gossip and Buckaroo (Captain Bruce Tait) 2 minutes and 23 seconds later. In Division 2, Impromptu (Captain Sean Leary) finished first followed by Kingfisher (30 seconds behind) and Wave Equation (Captains Dinsmore and Worthing), 19 seconds later. Osprey failed to honor one turning mark and withdrew from the race.
In Division 3, Plurabelle finished first followed by Loki and Swansway, one minute 17 seconds and 15 seconds behind respectively.
Posted on 24 July 2009
BYC’s July 15th Summer Series race was run with windy conditions, 12 – 18 knots, out of the Southwest and an ebbing tide. In all Divisions, there was little lapsed (corrected) time between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. In Division 1, Skoot (Captain Jim Vos) finished in first place followed by Gossip (Captains Kenny and Ames) 35 seconds behind. Buckaroo (Captain Bruce Tait) finished 3rd, 23 seconds later.
Osprey (Captain George Martin) finished first in Division 2. Impromptu (Captain Sean Leary) took second 3 seconds later. In 3rd place was Kingfisher (Captain Scott Gaeckle), 21 seconds behind. Impromptu protested Osprey at the Division 1 start but withdrew their protest as other yachts seemed to be barging down on Osprey at the time.
In Division 3, Plurabelle finished first (Captain Andrea Bourel). Satori (Captain Peter Dyner) took second, 35 seconds later. In third place was Swansway (Commodore Chris DiSunno), one minute and 18 seconds behind. Breakaway, Captained by Hugel Drevet and sailed by the Pierson High School Team, started with Division 3 but raised their spinnaker, disqualifying them for this Division.
Posted on 19 July 2009
The 15th annual Oz Trophy race was hosted by Breakwater Yacht Club on July 8th. A critical eligibility requirement was that all yachts have a female helmsman from the warning gun to the finish line.
First place prizes went to Tiffany Skinner (Gossip) in Division 1, Sharon Horn (White Lightning) Division 2 and Andrea Bourel (Plurabelle) Division 3.
The 2009 race was sponsored by Dear Plum, a fashion company specializing in beach/boat bathing suit cover-ups. First place winners in each division received a gift from Dear Plum.
Sailing conditions changed dramatically during the course of the race. At the start, winds were out of the Northwest at 5 knots with an ebbing tide. By the finish, winds had increased to 30 knots out of the Northeast. The change in conditions was not without incident. The Race Committee’s boat, stationed at the finish line, began dragging its anchor as yachts were finishing. When their engine would not start they were rescued by the committee boat at the other end of the line and towed back for re-anchoring.
As with all sanctioned sailing races, a cardinal rule is that yachts must finish with as many crew members as they start with. Loki was forced back to pick up crew Madeleine Kiss after a gybe sent her into the water. Loki did a 720 degree penalty round to pick Madeleine up.
Further confusion forced Purple Haze and Roxanne to withdraw after rounding one race marker to port rather than to starboard.
Summer Series Rescored
The first four races of Breakwater’s Summer Series were re-scored as one yacht changed Divisions and another’s rating was revised. In the June 3rd race, Skoot took honors in Division 1, Wave Equation in Division 2 and Plurabelle in Division 3. In the June 10th race, Gossip placed first in Division 1, White Lightning in Division 2 and Plurabelle in Division 3. On June 17th, Skoot again finished first in Division 1; Osprey finished first in Division 2 and Plurabelle again took first in Division 3. The June 24th race saw Ice-Nine in first place in Division 1, Osprey in Division 2 and Plurabelle in Division 3. The July 1st race was won by Gossip, Division 1, Kingfisher, Division 2 and Loki, Division 3. The Summer Series continues July 15th, 6 p.m. in Major’s Cove.
Posted on 12 June 2009
Breakwater YC has announced the winners of its 2009 May Cup Series. The May Cup consists of four weekly races where each yacht is allowed to “throw out” its worst performance, creating a three race series. In Division 1 (Spinnaker) first place honors went to Gossip (Captains Kenny and Ames). Scoot (Captain Jim Vos) took second place and Purple Haze (Captains Oldak and Kalish) finished third.
White Lightning (Captain Jim Smyth) took first place in Division 2 (non-Spinnaker).Â Impromptu (Captain Sean Leary) finished in second place and Wave Equation (Captains Dinsmore and Worthing) took third place.
June 3 began Breakwater’s 2009 Summer Series with Wednesday night races held until September 2. All races are governed by the U.S. Sailing Association’s Rules of Sailing. Races are run in Shelter Island Sound with a starting time of 6 p.m. A yacht’s best scoring for 70% of the races is used to determine Summer Series results. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division.
Posted on 20 May 2009
Breakwater Yacht Club launched its 2009 racing season on Wednesday, May 6th with the first race of the May Series.Â The May Series runs for 4 consecutive Wednesdays with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placement in both the Spinnaker (Division 1) and Non-Spinnaker (Division 3) Divisions.Â The U.S. Sailing Association’s Racing Rules of Sailing (2009 – 2012) govern this regatta.Â Scoring uses the Time-on-Time System, correcting elapsed time by a formula using the yacht’s handicap factor.Â All competitors must be members in good standing of Breakwater Yacht Club and have a valid ELIYA PHRF 2009 Certificate.Â Visiting yachts may enter but will not be scored for the series.Â (Entry forms are available at www.breakwateryc.org.)Â Races start west of Majors Cove in Shelter Island Sound at approximately 6 PM and finish off the Breakwater between Fl G “3SH” and the Race Committee boat.
In the May 6th first race of the season, yachts sailed with winds out of the South/Southeast of 7 to 11 knots and a flooding current.Â In Division 1, Gossip (Captains Kenny and Ames) took first place, followed by Purple Haze (Captains Oldak and Kalish), one minute and 45 seconds later.Â Skoot (Captain Jim Vos) took third place, behind by 12 seconds.
In Division 3, White Lightning (Captain Jim Smyth) took first place honors followed by Loki (Captains Mark & Matt Webber), 4 minutes and 52 seconds later, and Wave Equation (Captains Dinsmore and Worthing) 7 minutes and 6 seconds behind.
Race #2, May 13th, was started with winds of 10 – 15 knots out of the South and an ebbing tide.Â In Division 1, Gossip (Captains Kenny and Ames) took first place again.Â Osprey (Captain George Martin) followed by 2 minutes and twenty-seven seconds.Â Skoot (Captain Jim Vos) took third place, 5 minutes and 4 seconds behind.
Division 3 was won by Wave Equation (Captains Dinsmore and Worthing).Â White Lightning took second place, one minute and 29 seconds behind.Â Third place went to Infinite Jest (Captain Rob Gobright) following by three minutes and 55 seconds. Â
Posted on 03 October 2008
The second race of BYC’s Fall Series began at 6:40 PM on September 17th after a delayed start until winds filled in out of the Southwest at 5 – 7 knots.Â The tide was ebbing, changing to a flood current mid race.Â Prior to the start, several yachts ran into the Race Committee Boat.Â At the start, several yachts were called for barging the starting line and Buckaroo’s spinnaker pole made contact with Bellatrix.Â All offending yachts took 360 degree penalty turns prior to crossing the starting line.Â In Division I (Spinnaker) White Lightning (Captain Jim Smyth) took first place, crossing the finish line in 35 minutes and 58 seconds (corrected time).Â In second place was Wave Equation (Captains Dinsmore and Worthing) four minutes and 43 seconds behind.Â Kingfisher (Captain Scott Gaeckle) finished third, two minutes and 15 seconds later.Â Osprey ran aground northeast of N12 and did not complete the race.
In Division II, Sprit Spinnaker, Purple Haze finished in first place, lead by Commodore Lee Oldak and Captain Dan Kalish.Â Ice-Nine (Captain Tom Stewart) took second place 59 seconds later.Â In third place was Witchli (Captain Fred Stelle) 2 minutes and thirty seconds later.
Plurebelle (Captain Andrea Bourel) finished first in Division III.Â Impromptu (Captain Sean Leary) took second place and Swansway (Captain Chris DiSunno) finished third, one minute six seconds and four minutes and one second behind respectively.
The September 24th race began at 5 PM with winds out of the East at 12 – 16 knots and a flooding tide.Â Division I honors went to Osprey (Captain George Martin) in first place followed by White Lightning (Captain Jim Smyth) one minute and 25 seconds behind.Â In third place was Kingfisher (Captain Scott Gaeckle) 2 minutes and 44 seconds later.
In Division II, Skoot (Captain Jim Vos) took first place followed by Buckaroo (Captain Bruce Tair) 2 minutes and nine seconds behind.Â Ice-Nine (Captain Tom Stewart) took 3rd place, 22 seconds later.
Impromptu (Captain Sean Leary) took first place in Division III.Â Bellatrix (Captains Camerino, Gaites and Frizell) finished second only 3 seconds behind.Â In third place was Plurabelle (Captain Andrea Bourel) one minute and eight seconds later.