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.
Posted on 11 September 2008
The last race of Breakwater Yacht Club’s Summer Race Series got off at 5 p.m. on September 3 with an ebbing current and winds out of the Southwest of 5 to 10 knots.Â
Osprey (Captain George Martin) took first place finishing in forty six minutes and thirty nine seconds corrected time. Impromptu (Captain Sean Leary) finished in second place, one minute and twenty one seconds later. Bellatrix (Captains Camerino, Gaites and Frizell) finished third, eleven seconds behind.
In Division II, Sprit Spinnaker, Purple Haze finished in first place, lead by Commodore Lee Oldak and Captain Dan Kalish.Â Gossip (Captains Kenney & Ames) finished second, twenty eight seconds behind.Â In third place was Jibber Jabber (Captain Dave Jannetti) 1 minute and 18 seconds later.
Plurabelle (Captain Andrea Bourel) finished first in Division III.Â Swansway (Captain Chris DiSunno) took second place two minutes and 42 seconds behind.
Overall results for the BYC Summer Series (based on performance in each yacht’s best nine races) place the following yachts in First, Second and Third Place in Divisions I, II and III:Â In Division I – Osprey, first place, White Lightning, 2nd place and Impromptu, 3rd place.Â Division II winners are Purple Haze in first place, Gossip in second and Ice-Nine in third place.Â In Division III, Plurabelle finished first followed by Swansway in second and Satori in third place.
Breakwater’s Fall Racing Series (The Rum Challenge) begins on Wednesday, September 10th.Â Six races will be held (weather permitting) with the last race on October 15th.Â Out of 6 races, yachts will compete based on their best 4 results.Â All races will be run in Shelter Island Sound with prizes of rum awarded in each division.Â
Posted on 21 August 2008
On August 16th, the Breakwater Yacht Club hosted the 26th Annual Sag Harbor Cup.Â The race was inaugurated in 1982 and has been hosted by the BYC since 1988.Â 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.Â The benefit raised funds for BYC’s Jr. Sailing Program scholarships for local area youth and for the Pierson HS Sailing Team.
This year’s regatta was 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.Â The first yacht left the starting line at 10:05 AM against an ebbing current and with a light breeze of 5 – 8 knots.Â The last yacht crossed the starting line at 10:59 AM.Â The course was a circumnavigation of Shelter Island.
Overall regatta winners for first, second and third place were:Â Gossip first place; Skoot second place, 57 seconds behind and Purple Haze in third place, one minute 23 seconds later.
Trophies were also given for first, second and third place finishers in each of the three Divisions.Â In Division I, Spinnaker, Purple Haze finished in first place.Â Ice Nine finished second (5 minutes and 1 second behind) followed by Team Tonic, 38 seconds later.
In Division II, Non-Spinnaker, White Lightning finished in first place followed by Wave Equation (3 minutes and 25 seconds behind).Â Wavetrain took third place, 6 minutes and 16 seconds later.
In the J109 One Design Class, Gossip took first place.Â Skoot followed 57 seconds later and Instant Karma took third place 31 minutes and 22 second behind.