Greater New York District

The Greater New York District encompasses fleets in Connecticut, New Jersey, some of Pennsylvania and fleets in New York that are on the Atlantic Coast.

Our active Connecticut fleets are Riverside in Long Island Sound , Candlewood Lake in Fairfield, Cedar Point in Westport and Sprite Island in Norwalk. In New York we have Moriches Bay in Center Moriches, Hampstead Bay in Island Park, Southside Scots in Blue Point and Westhampton Yacht Squadron in Remsenberg, In New Jersey we have Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank, Toms River Fleet in Toms River. Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club in Ocean Port, Hunterdon Sailing Club in Clinton, Lavallette Yacht Club in Lavallette and Stone Harbor Yacht Club in Stone Harbor In Pennsylvania we have Lake Nockamixon in Quakertown.

The District Governor is Melanie Dunham from the Candlewood Fleet and this is the home of FSSA Second Vice President Bill Dunham.

Fifth Annual Roger Punzi Memorial Regatta and Fleet 24 50th Anniversary

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Fifth Annual Roger Punzi Memorial Regatta and Fleet 24 50th Anniversary

Submitted by Mark Riefenhauser

A calm Candlewood Lake greeted the 12 Flying Scots on the morning of October 8th for the Flying Scot Fleet 50th Anniversary and Fifth Annual Roger Punzi Memorial Regatta at Candlewood Yacht Club in New Fairfield, CT. This was also the Fleet 24 Championship. Out of town boats traveled from the New York Lakes District and the New England District as well as other fleets in the Greater New York District which Fleet 24 is a part of. A welcome continental breakfast was served to the racers and volunteers. Races were scheduled to start at 11 am. Our Race Committee, chaired by our Commodore, Tom Mullen and Melanie Dunham, smartly postponed the start due to little to no wind on the lake. We all waited patiently as the time passed by. It was hopeful that we get in at least one race. After checking wind conditions several times over the course of the day, it was decided to give it a try as a light wind started to form in the afternoon and all of the boats were in the water ready to go. So we all headed out on the lake in search of the wind following the Race Committee. After about an hour on the water, it finally came! A southerly wind of about 6-8 mph filled in on the lake. Race 1 will be on! A windward – leeward course was quickly set and the start sequence commenced. Greg and Dianne Kampf took the win and a close finish for second by Mark and Adam Riefenhauser over Greg and Steve Northrop. Race 2 immediately started after all the other boats finished. Greg and Dianne took first, followed by Mark and Adam in second and Dave Irving and Warren Schutt in third. Overall for the regatta, Greg and Dianne Kampf came in first, Mark and Adam Riefenhauser, second and Dave Irving and Warren Schutt, third. For the Fleet 24 Championship, Mark and Adam Riefenhauser took first. After the races, racers were treated to snacks and cheer provided by Fleet 24 members followed by a catered dinner. Out of town boats were quickly packed and ready for the road. It was a great end of the season for some of us as winter is just around the corner. But regardless, we are already planning next year’s event and hope to see you all next year! Photos have been provided by Joe Doucet and Ed Wilkes.  See results here See pictures here.

Always a Fun Time at the Roger Punzi Memorial - Candlewood YC, CT

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We always enjoy going to Candlewood Yacht Club for the Roger Punzi Memorial and this year was also the 50th Anniversary regatta for Fleet 24.  This year we started out with 12 boats registered but no wind so we had a postponement.  But the Race Committee found the wind later in the day and we were able to get in 2 great races, and Greg and I won!  We'll see a longer writeup soon, but  wanted to thank Mark Riefenhauser and the fleet for another fun day in Connecticut - our last regatta for the year! 

Results are here.

2016 Atlantic Coast Championship & Greater NY District Championship

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Sailing with the NY Skyline in background - photo courtesy of Bob Markoff

ACC Trophy

Story is by Thom Lee and Marc Gordon

The Monmouth Boat Club hosted the 2016 Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championships and Greater New York District Championships on Sept 16-18th and provided a great event for all involved. The regatta was held in Sandy Hook Bay, NJ which provided for mile long legs.  Sailing conditions were perfect with sun and winds of 15 to 20 knots on the first day and 8 to 15 on the second day. Twenty two boats hit the line from Annapolis and Pennsylvania to Connecticut. The top sailors factored in the shifts, current, and tactics to achieve success.

MBC hospitality was in full swing.  A Friday pizza party kicked off the weekend.  After a full day of racing, the sailors were treated with beer and water delivered to the boats.  A special Italian dinner was held in the Monmouth Boat Club with musical entertainment.  The finale was the awards party on Sunday afternoon held in the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club overlooking Sandy Hook Bay and the New York skyline.

For the ACC, David Neff with crew Jason Hair took 1st place and the title of Atlantic Coast Champions. In 2nd place were Dan Vought and his crew David Watts. 3rd place went to Peter Sayia and his crew Russ Lines and Jackie Wilhelm.

For the GNY, Dan Vought finished in 1st place, with Peter Sayia coming in 2nd and Larry Nociolo coming in 3rd sailing with Eileen Nociolo and Dave Whittle.

The Jack Orr trophy for most wins in the Greater New York Districts went to Brian Hayes and his crew Brian Hayes Jr.  The ACC Perpetual trophy went to Dave Neff and the GNY Perpetual Trophy went to Dan Vought. 

Congratulations to the winners and all of the competitors for participating in a classic weekend regatta.

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Downwind with Sandy Hook State Park in the background - photo courtesy of Bob Markoff

Full results are here. 

Lots of photos from Saturday by Art Petrosemolo are here.

2016 Douglass Orr Invitational - Sprite Island Yacht Club, CT

Story by Erin Cummings - Fleet 142 Captain 

Sprite Island Yacht Club Flying Scot Fleet 142 hosted the 34th annual Douglass Orr Invitation Regatta on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th.  Six SIYC sailors and their crews were joined by 10 other skippers  and crews from surrounding clubs and as far away as Maryland and Massachusetts making for a very well attended event. Fleet 142 as very proud to host Harry Carpenter, the builder of the Flying Scot. 

While the racers were challenged on Saturday by very light winds, Sunday offered a great day of sailing with a consistent, moderate breeze.


Fleet 142 takes pride in their hospitality; providing breakfast on both mornings, lunch makings, and a wonderful Saturday dinner party complete with cocktails, appetizers and dessert. Sunday afternoon culminated in a luncheon and awards ceremony.

Fleet 142's Captain, Erin Cummings, was very proud of the success of the regatta and thanked all the members of the fleet and the members of SIYC who worked so hard to accomplish such an event.

Many of the participants at the Sunday awards luncheon spoke of what a unique and beautiful experience it is to sail at Sprite Island. Everyone left the event looking forward to 2017's regatta.

Top 3 finishers were Roger Sharp & Laura Favicchio of Massapaug Yacht Club, Bob McElwain & Amy Bullard of Cedar Point Yacht Club and Mark Reifenhauser & Adam Reifenhauser of Candlewood Yacht Club.

Pictures are here.  Full results are here.

Dan Vought Wins His Third Full Moon Regatta Title

Story and Photos by Art Petrosemolo.  Full results are here.

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Skipper Dan Vought, at the helm, with crew Ted Duffy on the wind in race one of the MBC Full Moon Regatta.

Dan Vought and Ted Duffy have sailed together for years. They won the Monmouth Boat Club Flying Scot Full Moon Regatta in 2011 and both skipper and crew sail multiple one-design boats.

            So it was no surprise on Saturday (June 11) in building winds - with gusts in the 20 mph range - that the pair guided their boat cleanly to three wins to take top honors in the Full Moon's 25th anniversary renewal.  Many of the fleet of competitors made trips to the dock for repairs of booms, masts and rudders during the four-race regatta.

            Vought, Rumson, and Duffy, Shrewsbury, got off to a great start winning the first windward leeward race set by PRO Dale Barney by a minute over defending champions Bernard and Andre'e Friel, Rumson, as the Navesink River winds -blowing on a long fetch from the West  - increased in velocity and brought a short chop and small whitecaps to the river.

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