GNY District Championship/Douglass/Orr Regatta

The 2018 Greater New York District Championship was held at Sprite Island Yacht Club (Norwalk, CT.) in conjunction with Fleet 142's annual Douglass-Orr Invitational Regatta and the first leg of the Connecticut Cup. Twenty four boats registered and participated in the two day event, June 23-24.

 Participants arrived at neighboring Cedar Point Yacht Club (Westport, CT.) Thursday evening and early Friday and Saturday mornings to use CPYC's hoist and launch their Scots for a tow to Sprite Island. Chris Perez and his fellow Fleet 177 Scot sailors and other volunteers from CPYC were very cooperative in helping  to organize the launch and tow. 

 Friday afternoon, Brian Hayes of North Sails conducted a sail trim clinic in challenging winds, but the 13 crews attending the clinic found it to be an excellent experience. Brian followed the clinic participants providing real time commentary as well as video taping the boats. After an afternoon of practice starts and short course practice racing, the crews relaxed over some beer and hamburgers while reviewing the video tape and listening to Brian's commentary. Everyone was dialed into the hour long discussion and question and answer period that followed, hoping to pick up a new idea to improve performance.

 On Saturday morning, the Race Committee, chaired by Peter Feick and the PRO, Todd Field (a Certified Race Officer with USSailing), set a course in moderately strong winds. Peter Eldridge, Fleet 142 Captain, found the start with 24 Scots on the line to be inspiring, as well as a bit intimidating. But the winds and Race Committee kept things moving and were able to get three races in before threatening weather closed the day.

 Saturday evening was highlighted by a happy hour in the truly unique setting of Sprite Island and a lobster/clam bake dinner for 80 plus sailors and guests. The discussion topics ranged from the day's races and  the exceptional food and beverage, to the incredible views of Long Island Sound at sun set.

 In the words of Todd Field, the PRO, the wind gods were not generous Sunday. The Scots headed out to the starting line for an 11 AM first warning horn- only to sit becalmed for more than an hour. With no wind on the horizon (or radar), the race was called and the visiting boats were towed to Cedar Point. Everyone reassembled at Sprite Island for light snacks and libations, as well as the award ceremony.

 The top four finishers of the 2018 GNY District Championship/Douglass Orr Invitational regatta were:

In fourth place, boat # 5516 Mark Riefenhauser and Adam Riefenhauser of Fleet 24 (Candlewood Lake Yacht Club, New Fairfield, CT.);

In third place, boat # 520 Matt Cohen and John Weldon of Fleet 163  (Lake Nockamixon, Quakerstown, PA.)

In second place, boat # 3289, David Irving  and Warren Schutt of Fleet 24; and

In first place, boat # 5688 Daniel Vought and David Watts of Fleet 157 (Monmouth Boat Club, Red Bank, NJ.)

Overall, the competition was tight; the venue and food was exceptional; new friendships were formed and old friends re-connected. 

 We hope to see you all at the second leg of the Connecticut Cup on July 15 at Cedar Point Yacht Club.

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