|Frostbite Series Begins March 9'th TODAY!! - Sunday, March 09, 2014|
Every Sunday till May 4'th. check the Laser tab for NOR/SI's.
Here is a report written by Halsey Bullen our Laser Master-
February in Florida – CPYC’s Laser Masters Get Some Serious Warmth
Cedar Point’s five-boat Laser trailer headed south once again this year in early February, carrying the boats and the hopes of Tim Millhiser, Halsey Bullen, and winter members Britt Hughes, Amnon Gitelson, and Philip Swanton. The entry qualification for these events is to be 35 or older; we were all very well qualified!
First stop after the straight-through 22 hour drive was West Palm Beach, for the Florida Masters Championships, sailed in ocean waves off Palm Beach on February 8-9. 70 competitors finished 3 races and the committee abandoned a fourth race when the wind and waves got to be too much for some to handle. In the northwesterly breeze it really mattered which side you took upwind, in most races that was the left or shore side, despite the stronger favorable current (the edge of the Gulf Stream) on the right. Britt Hughes did best, finishing 12th overall. Halsey finished 21st, 5th in his Great Grand Master age group. Amnon was 34th, Tim 40th, and Phil 41st.
Second stop was the “Midweek Madness” event, February 11-12 at the impressive US Sailing Center--Martin County in Jensen Beach. Britt Hughes put many of us up in his condominium there, the rest staying at the nearby River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp. 69 competitors this time. Event organizer David Hartman put some perspective into Laser Masters racing by asking who had won a National Championship, World Championship, or Olympic Gold Medal. Over 15 of the 69 competitors raised their hands. That said, the friendly spirit of all the Masters sailors, champions or not, is one of the great pleasures of these events.
The excellent Jensen Beach race committee got eight races run in the protected waters of the Indian River. Britt showed the rest of us how to do it, winning the second race and ending up 11th overall. Tim finished 29th, Philip 33rd, Amnon 44th, and Halsey 53rd. Former member Eric Robbins was there too, finishing 35th. The southeasterly sea breeze started in the low teens but got a bit much towards the end of the second day: 19 sailors headed in before the last race.
Last stop was across Florida at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, whose great facilities are a bit reminiscent of CPYC, if you overlook their pelicans, ospreys, dolphins, palm trees, and delightfully warm waters. Britt and Tim could not make this three-day event, the Midwinter Masters East, but Philip came into his own, finishing 30th out of 67 competitors, while Amnon came 37th and Halsey 45th in moderate, very shifty winds. Eric struggled overall, but got 8th and 15th in his best races. This event, even more than the rest of the week, was dominated by Peter Shope and Scott Ferguson of the Newport fleet.
Then it was time to pack up the trailer for the long drive home. Philip and Ed Rickard—whose Ford Expedition was the tow vehicle, got everything back to the snows of Connecticut in fine shape. The sailing conditions will be a bit different when frostbiting resumes—on Sunday March 8!
|2014 Junior Sailing Registration Information is Posted - Monday, February 10, 2014|
Registration for Junior Sailing has opened for club members only until Feb. 21, when registration for non-members will begin. Check the Junior sailing pages for more information, click below on the "read more" for direct link. read more ...
|Sport Boats at CPYC- A new initiative - Friday, February 07, 2014|
If you haven’t noticed, there is a new hot sport boat on the scene. It’s called the J70 and Cedar Point Yacht Club is leading the way by looking ahead and targeting this new breed of fast, fun, easy to sail boats.
It’s been a long time since there was this much buzz about a class of sailboat and it seems the perfect time for everyone to introduce this model. You only need 3-4 people to race, can be stored on a trailer easily, launched easily and is simple to sail. Coming from a boat almost twice the size I thought that there would be worries with stability and comfort but this boat sails like a dream. It really does have a big boat feel. Not to mention the fact that there is a small cabin for creature comfort and a huge cockpit to make sailing the boat a breeze.
In just over two years there are over 550 boats now sold and the appeal seems to be international with a large mass in Europe. The boat is built in the US by CCA Composites in RI, in Asia by McConaghy Boats and France. There are now a few boats showing up on the used market in the 40-50K range.
If you are looking for something new and exciting this class seems to have it all! We will have a nice new Drystall this year at CPYC so this is your perfect time to jump in and have fun. Check the link to the J70’s on the left panel under Club Notices for more info.
Bill Walker – J70 USA404
|Frostbiting anyone? - Friday, January 10, 2014|
Commodore Cooke took this photo on Thursday, January 9th. Where are all you frostbiters?
|More Accolades for Linc Schoenberger - Friday, December 06, 2013|
Linc Schoenberger was honored on December 1st with the highest annual service award given by the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRALIS), the Ned Anderson Achievement Award.
Linc Schoenberger, Rich Gold, and Charlie Powers (Pres. of YRALIS)
Excerpted from Past Commodore Rich Gold's presentation...
Linc is a friend of many. He has raced actively up and down the Sound for 50 plus years. The man has served on several yacht club governing boards; and rating committees for the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association, US Sailing and the YRALIS.
Having been on the PHRF Committee since 2005, and chaired it since 2009, Linc has been a major contributor in bringing the PHRF certificate process, now with online access, into the 21st century.
|2013 Annual Reports by Governors Posted - Sunday, November 17, 2013|
Governors' reports to the Annual Meeting are posted in the Members-Only Library.
|2013 Awards Banquet - Celebration of Another Successful Sailing Season - Saturday, November 16, 2013|
Members and friends of Cedar Point gathered to celebrate the 2013 Sailing Season.
Past Commodore John McArthur announcing the 2013 Awards Night is dedicated to Linc Schoenberger.(Right)
Tom Little winner of the Remlin Award. (Below)
Bid Titsworth winner of the Eadie Award with Governor Longo. (Right)
|Annual Cedar Point Open Regatta for the Bedford Pitcher - Thursday, September 12, 2013|
The annual Cedar Point Open Regatta for the Bedford Pitcher, a prestegious event dating back to the mid 1950's was held at Cedar Point on September 7 and 8. Attendance was down this year owing to the World Championships in San Diego which drew several skippers from CPYC and many others from the region who might have sailed here in the absence of a conflict. The Star sailors at Cedar Point were energized by the news that John McCausland who has won the Bedford Pitcher on multiple occasions; most recently in 2011, was crowned World Champion on Friday, September 6, 2013!
The eight teams that made it to Cedar Point this year were greeted with incredible sailing conditions characteristic of September on Long Island Sound. Saturday saw a steady southeasterly breeze of 10-12 knots. Three races averaging six miles were completed, with long-time Cedar Point skipper (now nonresident) Bill Watson and crew Roger Sharp taking two firsts and a second. The first race of the day on Sunday was abandoned at the weather mark when the wind shifted 110 degrees to the north northwest where it settled in for the afternoon at 12 to 15 knots with occasional gusts of 18.
Watson and Sharp won the first race of the day, thereby sowing up first place, but chose to remain on the race course for the fifth and final race of the day in which they finished second. Regatta chair, Rich Gordon crewed for his 15 year-old son Richie who crossed tacks with the leaders on Sunday to take the tie-breaker for fourth place overall.
Race Committee included Star sailor Guy Gurney, former Commodore John Mcarthur, Serge Karpow on weather mark and Lea Bemus keeping time and taking finishes. Chris Cunningham and Thomas Hood joined the RC on Saturday. Rich Gordon vows to get a minimum of fifteen boats for the 2014 Bedford.
Harrison Gill, PRO
Photo by Hilary Lawrence
|Tough Competition at the 75th Lightning North Americans - Wednesday, August 28, 2013|
By Eric Heller
Lightning Fleet Captain
Great job Cedar Pointers! The 58 boats and 174 competitors were nothing but complimentary on the job done running the 75th Lightning North American Championships (NAs) here Aug. 17-23.
Sailors from across the United States, Canada, Brazil, Chile and Colombia, and even a crew member from Australia participated in the week-long event. The competition was tough, including multiple world and national Champions, a former America’s Cup skipper, a former Olympian, and former Yachtsmen/Yachtswomen of the Year.
After three days of qualifying, led by five-time World Champion Tito Gonzalez of Santiago, Chile, with crew Cristian Herman and Trinidad Gonzalez, the 58-boat fleet was split into Championship and President’s Cup divisions.
Fresh off his Thistle Nationals victory, Allan Terhune Jr., of Annapolis, MD, sailed consistently, with no race worse than a fourth, and won the Championship division by 12 points, Allan’s third time winning the Lightning NAs. David Dellenbaugh of Easton, CT, with Cedar Pointer Jay Lurie came in second; Jody Starck of Buffalo, NY, was third; Claudio Biekarck of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was fourth; and Rob Crane from Noroton YC came in fifth. Cedar Pointers Ched Proctor with Jamie Ewing and Meredith Killion had a Z-flag penalty and came in 12th; David Peck with daughter Sarah and wife Nina (Cuccio) Peck came in 15th; Gianni Cuccio with Dan Vought and Emily Ruiter came in 20th; and William Bogardus with Jarrett Lynn and Stephanie Swann came in 32nd.
The President’s Cup division was won by Stephen Warren from Surf City, NJ. In second place was Gustavo Tamayo from Bogota; third place was current Etchell’s World Champion Marvin Beckman from Houston; fourth place was Donald Barrett from Niantic Bay YC; and fifth was Will Tyner from Charleston, SC. Cedar Pointers Josh Goldman with Martha Fisher & Ryan Minth came in 7th; Timothy Millhiser with Chris Vann came in 9th; Eric Heller with Colin McGlynn & Alex Marshall came in 14th; David Fried with his dad, Peter Fried & Alexander Lavelle came in 19th; and Rod Ratcliffe with David Marseli & daughter Jamie Ratcliffe came in 22nd.
Competitors had the opportunity to unwind with food and entertainment most evenings during the week. A 75th International Lightning Class Anniversary Party was held and included a prize giveaway that helped raised more than $1,200 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event concluded with an Awards Banquet at the Norwalk Inn on Aug. 23.
Thanks to the members of Cedar Point Yacht Club who volunteered their time during the week, those that brought their boats home, and to our PRO, Dick Thackaberry and his team for running a great regatta. Next year’s Lightning North Americans will held in Sheboygan, WI.
Photos courtesy Fergus Henderson (former CPYC member) and Art Petrosemolo of Nautical Photography.
|JSA Race Week at Cedar Point - Saturday, August 24, 2013|
JSA Race Week at Cedar Point
For the tenth time, Cedar Point Yacht Club hosted the JSA Junior Race Week for Lasers, Laser Radials, and 420's on Monday and Tuesday July 22 & 23, on two race courses. Twenty-eight clubs from around the Sound participated by sending 128 boats plus a support flotilla of more than 50 Instructors, and almost 30 volunteers and boats in support. And then there were those local CPYC Westport, Norwalk and Fairfiled families that volunteered their homes to house almost 40 racers.
Junior Race Week at CPYC always brings together great competition and great opportunities to volunteer – ON and OFF the water….. and of course, a super-great venue for the juniors.
With steady winds blowing 8-15 knots and seas of about a foot or less, one can deem Cedar Point’s JSA race week a great success on every level. Sailors were challenged on the water with long courses and rewarded on land by eating Super Duper Weenie hot dogs as well as getting involved in some intense volleyball and corn-hole tossing.
|Interesting Sailing Article in NY Times - Friday, July 26, 2013|
The above link was forwarded by member Patsy Gill. It's refreshing to know that a quality design can survive the test of time.
|Madeline Gill at the US Women's Match Racing Championship - Monday, June 17, 2013|
Congratulations Madeline Gill !
Great to see sailors from CPYC competing at all levels in so many different venues.
|CPYC Sailors out and about. - Monday, June 10, 2013|
CPYC members, Ched Proctor with crew Jay Lurie and Jamie Ewing have won the Lightning Masters Worlds/Lightning Europeans in Italy. Josh Goldman placed 8th. Both boats from CPYC will compete in the Lightning World Championship which begins on Monday, June 10th. Complete results for the Lightning Masters Worlds/Lightning Europeans are posted ( HERE ). Lets give a cheer for our local sailors !
|Cedar Point Awaits Our Return - Friday, January 10, 2014|
CPYC 2014 Summer Sailing Season
Is Five Short Months Away !!
Ready Yet ?