2017 Race Results
MAISA College Regatta:
Eighteen teams from 16 MAISA (Mid Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association) colleges and universities competed in the MAISA Central Spring Open Regatta at SSYC on April 8&9. The sailors arrived at 8am on 4/8 to find northwest winds at 12 - 15 knots with gusts to 28 knots, so sailing was delayed until the gusts dropped to a more manageable 20 - 22 knots at 11am. The race committee managed to run 4 good races in the challenging conditions, but the safety boats were kept busy as each race saw 3 or 4 capsizes. In the 5th race another big gust came through while the sailors were on their last downwind leg, causing 8 of the 18 boats to capsize. Racing was then abandoned for the day.
On Sunday 4/9, the sailors arrived to a very pleasant 5 - 8 knot breeze from the west and temperature in the 60's, so racing got underway at 9:30. The breeze died during the last downwind leg of the 3rd race and so racing was postponed for an hour. The breeze returned from the southwest at noon, and the race committee managed to run another 4 good races despite 30 degree wind shifts before reaching the 3pm deadline.
After a total of 12 races, the Fordham Rams coed team won the regatta with a total of 44 points. Second place with 51 points went to SUNY Stonybrook, followed by the Fordham Women's team in third place with 54 points, winning a tiebreaker over Washington College. In fifth place was Villanova University. Complete results may be found at http://scores.collegesailing.org/s17/central-spring-open/
Many thanks to our race management team for another great regatta: Stuart & Gail Van Winkle, Jordan Murphy, Bob Stevenson & Louise Jakstonis, Cathy O'Brien, John Quinn, and Mike Plosica. Thanks also to Jeff Jacobi for getting the powerboats ready, Dave Usechak for getting Yards & Docks in shape, and Carmen Phaneuf and her House committee for having the clubhouse in such beautiful shape (as always!). Many sailors expressed to me that SSYC is their favorite college sailing venue.
2016 Race Results
NJYRA 2016 Champions, Trophies & Awards:
NJYRA Class Champions: J-24 Bob Slook, Comet Talbott and Lee Ingram, Sanderling Robert Welch, Opti White Robby Fontana
Award: Faye Bennet Award for Contribution to Junior Sailing: Georgi Munger
Award: NJYRA Club of the Year awarded to SSYC for outstanding service to and support of the organization
USSailing Mallory Cup Championship 2016
The SSYC Mallory team was Talbott Ingram, Dave Whittle, Stuart Van Winkle, and Lee Ingram. They represented SSYC and NJYRA for this prestigious USSailing Adult Championship event to compete against top sailors from around the country. The event consisted of very exciting and unique racing on San Francisco Bay hosted by the Saint Francis Yacht Club.
Central Fall Open Collegiate Regatta
17 teams that competed at the Central Fall Open College Regatta hosted by SSYC and Monmouth University on October 15 & 16. Four SSYC Junior Program / High School Sailing Program alums competed including Carolyn Kearney & Caroline Garth (U of Pennsylvania) and Jesse Stevenson & Andrew O'Brien (Stevens Institute). Sailors represented Fordham, Stevens, UPenn, Stony Brook, Washington College, Monmouth U, Drexel, Delaware, Army, Princeton, Ocean County, Webb Institute, Rutgers and Penn State. A big thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped SSYC support college sailing.
Although the first Fall Series date was cancelled, we did complete the series.
Labor Day Regatta
This year's regatta was delayed due to weather but was conducted during our Fall Series.
Our summer long series has concluded with trophies handed out for all fleets.
Independence Day Regatta
6 fleets had many boats out making for a competitive race day on a day that started with light wind that built throughout the races.
Father's Day Regatta
After a wonderful Father's Day Brunch, sailors in six fleets competed on a beautiful afternoon with light wind.
New Member Regatta
A fleet of Flying Scots was out with new member families during the second annual New Member Slalom Scramble. Skipper Cullin Wibble with crew Marty Rosen, Lilly Wibble and Jay Weisenfeld achieved victory.
Memorial Day Regatta
Thirty boats across most classes were out competing on a gorgeous day on the Shrewsbury. All fleets competing had multiple sailors making for a competitive afternoon.
Given foul weather on two weekends, our Spring Series was cut to two racing days. Great to see members enjoying the deck and thanks to all the Race Committee volunteers.
On Saturday, May 7, SSYC hosted the Spring Laser Regatta with a fleet of 15 Lasers on the starting line. Sailors came as far away as Pennsylvania. Our SSYC sailors swept the top 3 spots in the Full Rig!
1st place - Jack Swikart
Kara Licata was the first place winner in the radial class.
For the Masters Division:
Many thanks to Robin Arnheiter for organizing behind the scene along with help from Ilene Saporta. Also thanks to Anita Waters for handling registration, assisted by her daughter Anita Waters-Buchanan. A big thank you goes to Georgi and Peter Munger who did a great job as the PRO. They were supported by a sharp group of safety boat operators: Dave Usechak, Jeff Jacobi, John Quinn, and Jack Foster!! Many thanks again to all for making this another successful SSYC Laser regatta.
MAISA Intercollegiate Regatta
The Shrewsbury Sailing & Yacht Club (SSYC) and the Monmouth University Hawks Sailing Team (MU) hosted the Leroy Grant Intercollegiate Sailing Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, April 16 & 17. Seventeen teams from the Mid Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) qualified to compete in the Grant Regatta based on their performance in previous MAISA qualifier events. The teams travelled to Oceanport from as far away as Buffalo, NY and Newport News, VA.
The races were conducted in MU’s fleet of 17 Flying Junior (FJ) sailboats. The SSYC race committee managed to run a total of 20 races in shifty wind conditions ranging from 5 to 14 knots over the two days of competition. Temperatures in the 50s on Saturday meant most of the sailors were wearing their dry suits, while temps in the 60s allowed the sailors to don lighter-weight gear.
The team from Hampton University in Hampton, VA led the regatta wire-to-wire, winning 5 races and accumulating a low-point system (1 point for a first-place race finish, 2 points for a second-place finish, etc.) total score of 72 points, for an average race finish of 3.6. Christopher Newport University, from Newport News, VA, won a total of 8 races, but their inconsistency hurt their standing as they also posted 5 races in the bottom half of the fleet. CNU finished 2nd with a total score of 96 points and an average race finish of 4.8. Washington College, from Chestertown, MD, rounded out the Top 3 with 106 points, or an average race score of 5.3.
The top 6 teams from the Grant Regatta would qualify for the America Trophy Regatta (a qualifier for College Nationals) in two weeks, so the competition was intense throughout. At the end of the racing on Sunday, only 6 points separated the 4th through 7th place teams. The team from Stevens Institute, Jersey City, NJ, finished 4th with 130 points. Three of the Stevens starters – Andrew O’Brien, Tommy Slook, and Jesse Stevenson – got their start in the Junior Sailing Program at SSYC. The University of Maryland finished 5th with 132 points, and Syracuse University finished 6th with 133 points. Syracuse nearly dropped out of contention when they were protested for an alleged rule infraction in the last race, but they won the protest and retained the right to move on to the next level.
At the conclusion of the event, sailors and coaches alike expressed their appreciation and desire to return to SSYC for future collegiate regattas, certainly a tribute to SSYC’s hospitality and excellent race committee work. The race committee volunteers were:
Peter Munger, PRO