Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MYC Small Boat Regatta - AKA: I See Aeros...They're Everywhere

If you look carefully, you can see Sunfish in the background
(Video by Colin Snow, Photos by Bob Gaffney, Edited by Gary Werden and Annie Pennington)
Watch the full screen video on YouTube here:

MYC held it's 9th Annual Small Boat regatta this past Saturday.  There was a great turnout of sailors in both the Sunfish and the new Aero class, which seems to be converting Laser sailers by the boatload. We had 13 Sunfish 3 Lasers and 16 Aeros, which makes our little regatta the 2nd biggest Aero regatta ever in North America. Kudos to Derek Stow and Gary Werden for doing such a good job beating the Aero drums.

Despite a very calm morning, the winds picked up to about 10 out of the Northeast by race time, and built throughout the day.  The northeast wind ensured that the courses were short with lots of tree interference, making for extra fluky shifts, especially at the turning marks.  Racing was close with lots of position changes and pinwheels at the marks.

In case you were wondering, Gary, Annie and Colin released a Sunfish video after we went to press. Here is more of their wonderful work.

MYC had members on the podium in all three classes.  Amanda Callihan took the honors in the Sunfish class, followed by Andy David and MYCs Kevin Buruchian.

Topping the 17 boat Aero fleet was Gareth Griffiths, who came all the way from England, Marc Jacobi and MYC's John Eckart. John's performance was even more impressive when you take into account the fact that he had never sailed an Aero before the regatta!  Matt Russell beat out Dan Abram and Jack Eberhart for the Laser top spot.  Full results are here:

Thanks go out to Greg and Diane Kampf, who organized the on-the-water and onshore activities respectively.  Greg did a fantastic job with the courses and maintaining fleet separation, while Diane did a superlative job coordinating the shore crew.  And thanks to the Rest of the Race Committee and shore crew. Nice job everyone!