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2014 Early Bird Regatta Results - Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2014

The weather couldn't have been nicer for this year's Early Bird Regatta.  Dick Thackaberry and his RC crew were able to get 5 races in.  Congratulations to this year's winner, Josh Goldman with crew Adam Westerman and Eva Burpee, with 3 firsts and 2 seconds.

 

Cedar Point Yacht Club
2014 Lightning Early Bird Regatta
May 17, 014
                   
                   
Place Sail # Crew Location Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total
1 15456 Josh Goldman, Adam Westerman, Eva Burpee Cedar Point YC (CT) 1 1 2 2 1 7
2 14719 Bill Bogardus, Jarrett Lynn, Stephanie Swann Cedar Point YC (CT) 3 2 1 1 2 9
3 15132 Brian Gibbs, Randy Shore, Ty Whitman Merrimack River (MA) 2 4 5 4 3 18
4 15400 Chris Vann, Tim Millhiser, Dillom Farrel Niantic Bay YC (CT) 5 3 3 6 6 23
5 14819 Eric Heller, Christina Beale, Drew Lambert Cedar Point YC (CT) 6 6 4 3 5 24
6 15055 Hugh Hutchinson, Marc Venables, Cecile Steinriede Riverton YC (NJ) 4 5 6 5 4 24
7 10801 Dave Lutian, Charles Swanson, Michelle Smith Cedar Point YC (CT) 7 7 8\DNS 8\DNS 8\DNS 38
                   
PRO:  Dick Thackaberry              

 

2013 Early Bird Regatta Results - Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2013

Impressive group on the starting line for this year's Early Bird Regatta.  Congratulations to Ched Proctor for winning this year's event!  Thanks to Dick Thackaberry and his RC crew for getting 3 races in!  We look forward to seeing everyone back in August for the Lightning NAs, www.2013LightningNAs.com.

Link to photos (thanks to Nelson Stephenson):
https://plus.google.com/photos/102556089489379561683/albums/5879533211548269121?authkey=COHJj5HIhI-gswE

Place Boat # Team Location Race Total
1 2 3
1 15507 Ched Proctor, Meredith Killion, Rob Style Cedar Point YC 1 3 1 5
2 14950 Ed Adams, Ben Cesare, Chris Musele Newport, RI 2 2 5 9
3 11346 Stu Nickerson, Kip Hamblet, Austin Schaeffer Altamonte Springs, FL 7 1 3 11
4 15395 David Dellenbaugh, Dave Halse, Jay Lurie Easton, CT 4 6 2 12
5 15380 Jim Crane, Kelly Crane, Bill Crane Noroton YC 3 5 4 12
6 15055 Hugh Hutchinson, Marc Venables, Cecile Steinriede Riverton YC 5 4 10 19
7 15464 Margurite Kohler, Keith Taboda, Stephanie Swann Amityville, NY 6 7 6 19
8 14942 Dick Moyer, Helen, John Oaks, PA 9 9 8 26
9 14889 David Fried, Peter Fried, Leland Chang Cedar Point YC 11 12 7 30
10 15405 David Spira, Randy Shore, Ty Whitman Niantic Bay YC 8 11 12 31
11 14807 Rod Ratcliffe, Dave Marseli, Colin Grother Cedar Point YC 10 10 11 31
12 14819 Eric Heller, Colin McGlynn, Jim McDevitt Cedar Point YC 12 13 9 34
13 15356 John Greiftzu Jr, Melissa Scott, Bill Murray New York YC 13 8 14/DNS 35

 

Ched Proctor Takes 2nd in Miami - Lightning Southern Circuit - Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Congrats to Ched Proctor with crew Tim Millhiser and Jay Lurie for finishing 2nd in Miami as part of the 2nd leg of the Southern Circuit. Ched is getting the new boat up to speed after finishing 9th in Savannah with Jamie Ewing and Meredith Killion. Josh Goldman with Jo Ann Fisher and Will Jeffers finished just behind in Savannah with 10th overall and then followed that up with a 16th overall in Miami. Rod Ratcliffe with Scott Potter and Austin Schaefer competed in Miami, finishing 41st overall.

Good luck to those moving on to St Pete (48+ boats expected)!

 

2013 Lightning NAs Latest - Posted on Monday, January 07, 2013

The event listing for the 2013 Lightning North American Championships (8/17 – 8/23) at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT is now posted on the ILCA web-site, http://lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventDetail.asp?ID=588

Planning has been underway since January of last year. You are not going to want to miss this 75th anniversary event!!

See regatta web-site for all the latest updates,
www.2013LightningNAs.com. We reached the 1,000 page-view mark in late December- thanks to all who have visited thus far! Nyack Boat Club also has their web-site up for the WJMs (8/14 – 8/17) – See http://2013-wjm-na.lightningchampionship.org/.

Don’t delay in taking advantage of the hotel deal at the DoubleTree Hotel in Norwalk, CT for the Championship series…a block of 90 rooms is reserved with rates of $85 or $115 w/ breakfast for a king or double bed room. Rooms are cancellable, so please sign-up as soon as possible.

Note: The Early Bird Regatta will be Saturday 5/18 (1 day event) @ Cedar Point Yacht Club, if you want to get some early NAs practice in.

 

2012 Summer Series Results - Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012

Congratulations to Josh Goldman who wrapped up another Summer Series victory!  You know life is good when you get to throw out a 2nd.

2nd place overall was much tighter with Dick Thackaberry squeaking it out over Bill Bogardus/Stephanie Swann.  Full results, including a compilation of all 2012 Awards, are posted on the CPYC Lightning Library & Results page (http://www.cedarpointyc.org/Lightning/LightningLibraryRaceResults/tabid/130/Default.aspx). 

We ended up with 13 race days, 27 races, and 6 qualifiers. 

Summer Series Results - Lightning Fleet (High-Point Percentage System Scoring):
1 - Goldman - 95.65%
2 - Thackaberry - 80.00%
3 - Bogardus / Swann - 79.66%
4 - Fried - 67.86%
5 - Heller - 66.67%
6 - Ratcliffe - 28.57%

 

Rear Commodore's Cup Results (9/1 & 9/3) - Posted on Monday, September 03, 2012

1 - Goldman - 1 / 1 / 1 / 2 = 5
2 - Heller - 3 / 3 / 2 / 1 = 9
3 - Thackaberry - 2 / 2 / DNC (8) / DNC (8) = 20
4 - Bates - DNC (8) / DNC (8) / 3 / 3 = 22
5
- Ratcliffe - 4 / 4 / DNC (8) / DNC (8) = 24
6 - Bogardus - 3 / DNS (8) / DNC (8) / DNC (8) = 27 
7 - Lutian - DNC (8) / DNC (8) / DNS (8) / 4 = 28

 

2013 Lightning North Americans - Block of Hotel Rooms Reserved / Regatta Web-Site Updated - Posted on Monday, September 03, 2012

It's not too early to start making plans for next year's Lightning North Americans (75th anniversary!!) - WJMs at Nyack Boat Club in Nyack, NY are 8/14 - 8/17; Championships at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT are 8/17 - 8/24. The regatta web-site has recently been updated - see www.2013LightningNAs.com - and a block of 90 rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree Hotel in Norwalk, CT for the Championship series with rates of $85 or $115 w/ breakfast for a king or double bed room. Rooms are cancellable, so please sign-up soon so that we can request more if needed!

 

Commodore's Cup Results (6/30 & 7/4) - Posted on Monday, July 09, 2012

1 - Goldman - 1 / 1 / 2 / 1 / 1 = 6
2 - Bogardus - 2 / 3 / 3 / 2 / 2 = 12
3 - Heller - 3 / 2 / 4 / 3 / 3 = 15
4 - Ratcliffe - 4 / 4 / 5 / 5 / 4 = 22
5 - Fried - DNC* (7) / DNC* (7) / 1 / 4 / DNS (7) = 26
6 - Lutian - DNC (7) / DNC (7) / DNS (7) / DNF (7) / DNS (7) = 35

* 2-person boat (finishes, recorded separately, count towards Summer Series, but not Cup weekend)

 

2012 CT/RI/Metropolitan Districts & NAs Tune-Up Event Results - Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2012

The combined Districts and NAs Tune-Up event was a success with 28 boats on the starting line and wind!!  Thanks to PRO, Dick Thackaberry and his able body crew, 7 races were completed over the 2 days (June 16 and 17) at Cedar Point Yacht Club - host to the 2013 Lightning NAs.

Congratulations to overall regatta and Metropolitan District winner, Justin Coplan with crew Danielle Prior and Bjurki Gunnersson from Nyack Boat Club!  Will Brown/John Faus/Matthew Schon out of the Central Atlantic District were 2nd.  Ed Adams/Carol Cronin/Sam Hallowell from Middletown, RI were 3rd and 1st overall for the CT/RI District.  Rounding out the top 5 overall were Ted Duffy/Rob Ruffus/Craig Mellor from Monmouth Boat Club (NJ) in 3rd (2nd overall for Metropolitan District) and Gianni Cuccio/PJ Schaffer/Laura Cuccio from CPYC in 5th (2nd overall for CT/RI District).  Rounding out the District top 3 were Theresa Colantuono/Parker Colantuono/Larry Colanuono from Niantic Bay YC - 3rd CT/RI (6th overall) and David Watts/Robert Watts/Marian Bloodgood from Monmouth Boat Club - 3rd Metropolitan (12th overall).

See CPYC Lightning Library and Results page for pdf version of the results and link to photos.

Thanks to Dave Lutian for doing a great job hosting!

We look forward to seeing everyone come back next year for the 75th Lightning NAs @ CPYC (August 17 - 23, 2013)! - See www.2013LightningNAs.com.

 
Pl Sail # Crew From 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tot
1 14036 Justin Coplan, Danielle Prior & Bjurki Gunnersson Metro 6 1 4 (11) 1 3 1 16
2 15487 Will Brown, John Faus & Matthew Schon CAD 3 2 (7) 6 6 7 2 26
3 14950 Ed Adams, Carol Cronin & Sam Hallowell CT RI 5 8 (13) 1 8 5 3 30
4 14175 Ted Duffy, Rob Ruffus & Craig Mellor Metro 1 3 (19) 12 4 1 11 32
5 15111 Gianni Cuccio, PJ Schaffer & Laura Cuccio CT RI (12) 5 2 3 5 10 7 32
6 14619 Theresa Colantuono, Parker Colantuoro & Larry Colantuoro CT RI 4 (14) 1 4 11 9 6 35
7 15380 Rob Crane, Kelly Crane & Becca Liggins CT RI (14) 4 9 9 3 6 4 35
8 14417 Don Barrett, Donna Barrett & Adrienne Barrett CT RI 2 11 5 2 10 12 (18) 42
9 15406 Jamie Simmons, Caroline Hall & Caroline Patten CT RI 7 6 6 10 2 15 (23) 46
10 14719 Bill Bogardus, Jarrett Lynn & Steph Swann CT RI 10 10 3 14 9 4 (15) 50
11 15484 Mark Schneider, Cindi Schneider & Josh McCaully CAD 13 9 11 (22) 14 2 5 54
12 15365 David Watts, Robert Watts & Marian Bloodgood Metro (18) 17 8 8 13 8 8 62
13 14900 Joan Hurban, Gary Hurban & Peter Jadrosich Metro (16) 15 10 5 15 13 14 72
14 15400 Tim Millhiser, Dylan Farrel & Mo Castuccio CT RI (19) 12 17 7 12 14 10 72
15 14888 Bob Sengstacken, Daniel Zitin & Maud Lindsay Metro 17 (18) 12 13 7 17 12 78
16 14688 Georges Peter, CH Ritt & Eva Burpee NE 8 7 15 16 (20) 16 19 81
17 15130 Chris Vann, Len Vann & Amy Williams CT RI 9 19 (20) 15 16 11 16 86
18 15456 Josh Goldman, Charlotte Saxe & Dave Pavelko CT RI 15 13 16 18 17 (21) 9 88
19 14277 Peter Browne, Amy Villalba & Justin Bohan Metro 11 16 (24) 23 24 18 13 105
20 14055 Robert Stack, Jeff Stack & Ty CT RI (22) 21 22 21 18 20 17 119
21 14287 Dave Lutian, Britton Tullo & Greg Bachman CT RI 21 20 18 17 23 22 (30\ZFP) 121
22 14819 Eric Heller, Christina Beale & Carole Heller CT RI 24 24 14 (25) 21 19 20 122
23 15356 John Greifzu, Joseph Quick & Mary Schmid CT RI 20 (27) 27 19 19 25 24 134
24 14492 Eric Kent, Dan Leinweber & Monique romero Metro 23 22 23 20 25 (27) 27 140
25 15319 Dan Parietti, Jeff Sorensen & Bryan Kressler Metro 25 25 25 (26) 22 24 21 142
26 15136 Tom Compton, Tony Iacono & Ben McAndrews Dixie 27 23 21 24 26 (30\ZFP) 22 143
27 15395 Alan Bates, Natalie Bates & Lydia Bates CT RI 26 26 26 (27) 27 23 25 153
28 14807 Rod Ratcliffe, Paul Lajos & Mallon Fitzpatrick CT RI 28 (30\DNS) 30\DNS 30\DNS 30\DNS 30\DNS 30\DNS 178
29 14808 Jim Crane CT RI (30\DNS) 30\DNS 30\DNS 30\DNS 30\DNS 30\DNS 30\DNS 180

 

CT/RI/Metropolitan Districts and NAs Tune-Up Event - Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2012
27 boats currently on the Who's Coming list for the CT/RI/Metropolitan Districts & NAs Tune-Up Event (June 16 & 17) at Cedar Point Yacht Club (Westport, CT), www.cedarpointyc.org. See:  www.lightningclass.org/racing/calendar/eventDetail.asp?ID=507
 
 
Test you mettle against some great competition and get some early practice at the site of the 2013 Lightning NAs (August 17 - 23, 2013) - the web-site for which is now live!: See www.2013LightningNAs.com.
 
 
Contact Dave Lutian (david.lutian@gmail.com) for more info, including potential crew leads. See applicable box to left for NOR and SI.
 
 
For those arriving the Friday evening prior (6/15), you are invited to join us for 5 - 10 unscored races as part of the weekly CPYC "TGI Friday One Design Night". It’s a great opportunity to lock down some structured practice before the regatta (first warning signal is 1800). There will be a potluck dinner afterwards, so please think about coming down to the club early and joining us. Beer will be provided, and if you want to bring along your favorite covered dish (or bag of Fritos), please feel free to do so; however, there will be more than enough food in any case. And best of all it is free!! Please give Dave Lutian a heads up if you are planning to participate (several out-of-town and CPYC boats have already RSVPd yes).
 
 
 

Vice Commodore's Cup - Posted on Monday, May 28, 2012

Overall, Vice Commodore's Cup results - May 26 & 28 (finishes are in parenthesis):
1 - Goldman (1/1/2)
2 - Fried (2/2/4)
3 - Bates (3/3/3)
4 - Heller (4/4/5)
5 - Lutian(DNC/DNC/1)
6 - Thackaberry (DNC/DNC/6)

Thanks to the Bates for hosting the barbeque and all that helped out with cooking and the like!

 

 

CT / RI / Metropolitan Districts and 2013 NAs Tune-Up Event - Posted on Monday, February 20, 2012

Join us May 19th for the Early Bird Regatta and June 16 - 17 for the combined CT/RI/Metropolitan Districts and 2013 Lightning NAs Tune-Up Event (a regatta not to be missed!!).

Cedar Point Yacht Club will be the site for the 2013 Lightning North American Championship Series (August 17 – 23); the 75th running of this premier event!
 
Notice of Races (NORs) have been posted!
 

CPYC to Host 2013 Lightning NA's - Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Executive Committee of the International Lightning Class has selected Cedar Point as the host and venue for the 2013 International Lightning Class North American Championship and Nyack Boat Club as host for the corresponding North American Woman's, Juniors and Masters Championship event.

 

CPYC Fall Classic Regatta Recap - Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2011
Some great, real tight racing at this year’s CPYC Fall Classic Regatta on 10/1 and 10/2. 7 races were completed in all (5 on Saturday). Special thanks to Bill Bogardus for running this year’s event and Dick Thackaberry and company for a super job on race committee! Results were as follows:
 
Pl
Sail #
Crew
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
T
1
14175
Ted Duffy, Brad Thompson & Craig Mellon
3
3
1
2
1
1
6
17
2
14036
Justin Coplan, Trevor Prior & Danielle Prior
1
2
3
3
4
4
1
18
3
14719
Bill Bogardus, Stephanie Swann & Jarrett Lynn
2
1
2
1
6
5
4
21
4
15400
Tim Millhiser, Chip Adams & Jeff Swiggett
4
6
4
4
2
3
3
26
5
14819
Eric Heller, Paul Lajos & Mary Margaret Poster
5
4
5
6
5
2
2
29
6
14821
Jay Mueller, Bill Dodge & Mo Castruccio
6
5
6
5
3
6
5
36
7
14807
Rod Ratcliffe, Catherine Hilton & Mallon Fitzpatrick
7
7
7
9\
DNS
9\
DNS
7
7
53
8
15395
Alan Bates, Elizabeth Bates & Scott
8
8
9\
DNS
9\
DNS
9\
DNS
9\
DNS
9\
DNS
61
 

Summer Series - Final Results - Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011

The final results for the Summer Series have been posted.  Congrats to this year's overall winner, Josh Goldman, who had an average finish of 1.08 with drops (1.5 without)!  Dick Thackaberry also continues to impress, finishing 2nd for the season, with a 91% participation rate.  Overall, the fleet had 7 qualifiers for the year. 

1 - Goldman - 1.08
2 - Thackaberry - 2.27
3 - Bogardus / Swann - 2.43
4 - Fried - 2.64
5 - Heller - 2.89
6 - Ratcliffe - 5.29
7 - Bates - 5.55

8 additional boats participated over the course of the season, but did not qualify.

 

Fall Classic Lightning Regatta - 10/1 - 10/2 - Posted on Sunday, September 18, 2011

Notice of Race (NOR) and Sailing Instructions (SI) for the 10/1 and 10/2 Lightning Fall Classic Regatta have been posted.  The CPYC House Band will be playing Saturday night.  Come one, come all!

 

Rear Commodore's Cup Results - Posted on Monday, September 05, 2011

After light winds for the harbor start, it turned into another beautiful day on Monday, 9/5 with wind peaking at 18 kts from the South for the 2nd race.  Congrats to Josh for winning the weekend and locking up the overall Summer Series!  The rest of the Summer Series scoring will now be up to Boxberger to calculate; however, we did end up with 7 qualifiers!

Don't forget our Fall Classic Regatta on 10/1 and 10/2 (the House Band will be performing Saturday night)!  Also, applications for winter storage are due 11/1; all other boats must be removed by 11/15.

Overall Cup Weekend Results
---------------------------
1 - Goldman (4 pts)
2 - Fried (13 pts)
3 - Bogardus (18 pts)
4 - Thackaberry (18 pts)
5 - Heller (20 pts)
6 - Bates (24 pts)

Monday, 9/5
--------------

Race 1
------
1 - Goldman
2 - Fried
3 - Bogardus
4 - Bates (2 person boat - counts towards Summer Series only)

Race 2
------
1 - Bogardus
2 - Goldman
3 - Fried

Saturday, 9/3:
--------------

Beautiful day on Saturday, 9/3 (Winds 7 - 15 out of the SW)! Some tight
finishes in the 3-4-5 positions; not so much for 1-2. Two races completed; same
finishes for both.

Race 1 and 2:
--------------
1 - Goldman
2 - Thackaberry
3 - Heller
4 - Fried
5 - Bates

 

Qual Status / Volunteers? - Posted on Monday, August 08, 2011

The magic number to qualify for the Summer Series is now down to 6. The following people have already qualified: Fried, Goldman, Thackaberry, and Ratcliffe. With 5 Race Days remaining, the following people are still in the hunt:  Heller - 4, Lutian - 3, Bates - 3, Bogardus/Swan – 3*, Boxberger - 2, Howe - 2, Radecki – 1, Marselli – 1, Millhiser – 1*, Cuccio – 1, and Proctor – 1*. (* = +1 pot. Race Day Credit if 3 additional Race Days are completed (i.e. there is 1 race day credit for every 5 race days completed with 3 max)).   Those that have qualified still have the incentive of dropping every 7th race.

Any volunteers to show off the Lightning to our club’s junior sailors on either 8/17 (Wed) or 8/18 (Thurs) – exact date TBD (they may also do morning program one day and afternoon program the other)? 
Don’t forget Max Participation Day on 8/20 with cookout afterwards. Entertainment committee is also planning a Pub Night for the 20th...darts, air hockey and maybe even pool.
Link to Doodle [participation] Poll and remaining race dates:  http://doodle.com/n3gv2p63dv3si87n
 

ACCs / Fleet Racing Recap - Posted on Monday, August 01, 2011

The final Doodle Poll for August and Labor Day weekend has been sent out (http://doodle.com/n3gv2p63dv3si87n); please enter your planned race dates. The final Max Participation Day is August 20 with cookout afterwards and the Rear Commodore's Cup is 9/3 (Sat) and 9/5 (Mon) for Lightnings.

Congrats to Ched Proctor with crew Justin Coplan and Stephanie Swan for their 2nd up in Mallets Bay, VT for ACCs! Dave Peck from Niantic was 1st and Peter Hall from Canada (this year's CT/RI Districts winner) was 3rd. Josh Goldman with crew Chris Morgan and Monica Trejoe ended up 10th (including a 2nd in Race 2) in the 40 boat fleet.

Back on the home front, in what may have been the best conditions of the year, Dick Thackaberry won both races and Dave Marseli made his first appearance with Mary Margaret Poster crewing in 10-20 knot winds from the NW. 7/30 results were as follows: Race 1: 1 - Thackaberry, 2 - Marseli, DNF - Ratcliffe. Race 2: 1 - Thackaberry, 2 - Ratcliffe, 3 - Marseli.

 

July Latest / Commodore's Cup Results - Posted on Saturday, July 09, 2011

The top 5 Lightnings from the Commodore's Cup over July 4th weekend was as follows:  (1) Goldman, (2) Fried, (3) Thackaberry, (4) Ratcliffe, and (5) Howe.

The Doodle (participation) poll for July Fleet Racing has been sent out and the latest series results have been posted. The next Max Participation Day is July 23 with cookout and pool party afterwards at the Wagners/Myersons.  The 16th will include a crew skippering race for Race 2 (if the wind allows) - scores from which will not be counted.

The Flying Scots are looking for clean up help as part of their NA's event at the club on Thursday, July 14. Please contact Marv Pozefsky, mlp8415@gmail.com, if able to assist.

 

Districts Recap / Commodore's Cup July 2 and 4 - Posted on Sunday, June 26, 2011

8 CPYC boats at Districts!  Ched Proctor with Jay Mueller and Jay Lurie came in 2nd behind former World Champion, Peter Hall from Canada and thus was our District Champion.  Congrats to them!  Josh Goldman finished 3rd and Gianni Cuccio edged out Bill Bogardus in a tie-breaker for 5th.  Special thanks to the Thackaberry's and our PRO Dick who managed to get 5 races in.  See the following link for full results:  http://lightningclass.org/racing/results/2011/ctridistricts.asp .

Doodle Poll has gone out for the Commodore's Cup this weekend (not sure if this link works, but skippers should have received separate e-mail invitations: http://doodle.com/u6ahh73zg3gm96yz
).  Lightnings will race Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4 only.  Make sure you RSVP with the club for the cookout on Monday after racing.

As a reminder, people are asked to remove their boats from the drystall area after racing on the 4th to make room for the Flying Scot Nationals the following weekend.  There is no club racing on July 9.

 

Fleet Update - Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2011

10 boats on the starting line on 6/18!  The latest Summer Series standings have been posted.  8 CPYC'ers planning to race at CT/RI Districts at Housatonic Boat Club (Stratford, CT) on 6/25 and 6/26.

 

Lightning Fleet Boats Available for Max. Participation Day on Saturday, 6/18 - Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2011

Itching to give Lightning racing a try?  There are currently two fleet boats available if you are interested in joining the Lightning Fleet on Saturday, June 18, for the first Max. Participation Day.  There will be a fleet cookout afterwards and as an added bonus, if you register and participate in Saturday's event, you are eligible for lots of great prizes as part of the Summer Sailstice celebration (see http://summersailstice.com/content2/248/ and choose "CPYC Lightning Fleet 126 Max. Participation Day" as the event).

E-mail Eric Heller at
ebheller@yahoo.com for fleet boat sign-up or to inquire about potential crewing opportunities (this Saturday or anytime during the season).

Note:  The Lightning Fleet will be away June 25 - 26, competing in the CT/RI Districts at Housatonic Boat Club in Stratford, CT.

 

Planned Participation File Post - Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Based on the Doodle Polls and other input received, I've posted a tracking file with the planned participation for all Summer Series (and some regatta) dates. I will plan to post weekly files, with additional updates as warranted. Don't forget the first Max Participation Day is June 18. Hope to see everyone there!
~Eric

http://www.cedarpointyc.org/Lightning/LightningLibraryRaceResults/tabid/130/Default.aspx

 

2011 - Vice Commodore's Cup - Posted on Monday, May 30, 2011

Vice Commodore's Cup - Lightnings

May 28 and 30, 2011

Special thanks to the Bates for hosting the cookout on May 30!

             
    28-May 30-May  
Pl Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 T
1 Josh Goldman 1 1 1 1 4
2 Dick Thackaberry 2 3 4 2 11
3 David Fried 3 4 2 3 12
4 Eric Heller 4 2 3 4 13
5 Alan Bates 6 6 5 5 22
6 Rod Ratcliffe 5 5 6 7/DNF 23

 

2011 Early Bird Regatta - Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Kudos to Rod Ratcliffe, Dick Thackaberry, and all else that helped put on a great Early Bird regatta on May 21. Despite a foggy and windless start to the day, Dick managed to get 3 races in. (There were even reports of whitecaps later in the afternoon.)  Thanks to all who participated in this year's regatta.  Despite taking the scenic route from Quebec, Canada, Peter Hall made it worth his while by winning all 3 races.  Cedar Pointers Charlie Proctor (also a current Tufts Jumbo) and Dave Fried came in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.  Full race results are pasted below.  Also, congratulations to Lightning sailor, Josh Goldman, who won the Flying Scot event.

 

Cedar Point Yacht Club
2011 Early Bird Regatta - Lightnings
May 21, 2011
Place Sail # Skipper / Crew From 1 2 3 T
1 15210 Peter Hall / Chantel Leger / Megan Armitage Royal St. Lawrence YC, Quebec, Canada 1 1 1 3
2 14821 Charlie Proctor / Bill Dodge / Jay Mueller Cedar Point YC 3 2 2 7
3 14889 David Fried / Maureen Castruccio / Valerie Nanni Cedar Point YC 7 3 3 13
4 15132 Brian Gibbs / Mike Bogidman / Ty Whitman Rowley, MA 5 4 4 13
5 14808 John Boxberger / John Howland / Ben Cedar Point YC 2 5 7 14
6 15296 Ryan Sprole / Beryl Bell / Stephanie Johanson Nyack Boat Club 8 6 5 19
7 15400 Tim Millhiser / Brouck Anderson / Lilli Millhiser Madison, CT 6 8 6 20
8 15232 Robert Hall / Paul Gallagher Lake Wallenpaupack, PA 4 9 11 24
9 14807 Dave Marseli / Mike McBride / Rod Ratcliffe Cedar Point YC 9 7 8 24
10 15395 Alan Bates / Lydia Bates / Natalie Bates Cedar Point YC 11 10 9 30
11 15356 John Greifzu Jr. / Mike Borak / Elizabeth Ervin Darien, CT 10 11 10 31
RC Chair: Dick Thackaberry
Jury Chair: Brian Joyce
Scorekeeper: Kathy Thackaberry / Hank Sykes
Regatta Chair: Rod Ratcliffe

 

2010 Fleet Recap - Posted on Monday, September 06, 2010

Season Series final scores/standings are posted:

http://www.cedarpointyc.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=K7pbU4ZoEfc%3d&tabid=130&mid =564

Congratulations to Josh Goldman, the new Lightning Fleet 126 Season Series Champion!!!

We have 5 Season Series Qualifiers this year:

(1)    93.5%    Josh Goldman
(2)    86.0%    Dick Thackaberry
(3)    83.5%    David Fried
(4)    77.0%    Eric Heller
(5)    68.4%    Rod Ratcliffe

The Cups were awarded as follows:

Vice Commodore's Cup (Memorial Day)
(1) Josh Goldman
(2) David Howe
(3) David Fried

Commodore's Cup (July 4th)
(1) Eric Heller
(2) Dick Thackaberry
(3) Josh Goldman

Rear Commodore's Cup (Labor Day)
(1) Dick Thackaberry
(2) David Fried
(3) David Howe

 

Sailing Anarchy Ranks Lightnings #2 One-Design Class!!!! - Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Class Warfare
The 2008 One Design Survey

The Laser Radial class had its first Olympic regatta this year and has also risen to the top of this year's Sailing Anarchy One-Design Survey.

Before I write any more let me review the un-scientific method for determining this list of the top twenty five one-design classes in North America. What I have done is taken the number of boats competing in each class North American or National Championships for each year. The location of the championship is also included. I think this is a good measure of relative class size and activity. To rank the classes I use the average number of boats over the last three years.

This list has some notable exceptions. The first is that there are no junior classes on the list. I define a junior class as a class that has a maximum age requirement in their rules. Both the 29er and the Butterfly slip under the bar on this one.

I have also not included ice boats. If I had the DN would be at the top of the list every year and is by far the worlds most popular ice boat.

I have excluded jr classes and ice boats not because I have any inherent prejudice against them but because you don't need a survey to tell you what classes are at the top of these segments of the sport. As I mentioned the DN is the top ice boat every year and since it is sailed on a different surface than soft water boats they are not really in competition with the classes on this list. A similar thing is true with jr classes. There is a small number of them and it's relatively easy to figure out what jr boats are most widely sailed.

Class
06
07
08
3yr Av
1) Laser Radial
64 (NS)
111(MA)
88 (CA)
87.7
2) Lightning
71 (CA)
80 (MD)
97 (RI)
82.7
3) MC scow
85 (NC)
88 (MI)
69 (WI)
80.7
4) Flying Scot
56 (MA)
101 (VA)
69 (NJ)
75.3
5) Laser
61 (NS)
87 (MA)
77 (CA)
75.0
6) Thistle
100(MI)
64 (OR)
59 (FL)
74.3
7) E scow
92 (MN)
50 (SC)
71 (NY)
71.0
8) J/22
59 (MN)
68 (OH)
NA
61.0
9) 29er
50(ONT)
63 (ONT)
65 (ONT)
59.3
10) Sunfish
62 (TX)
55 (AL)
52 (PA)
56.3
11) Hobie 16
56 (RI)
50 (CA)
56 (IA)
54.0
11) J/24 .
74 (TX)
34 (FL)
54 (NY)
54.0
13) Star
79 (FL)
49 (BC)
30 (MI)
52.7
14) C scow
50 (IA)
48 (GA)
59 (WI)
52.3
15) Butterfly
42 (MI)
55 (MI)
54 (MI)
50.3
15) Snipe
57(PA)
63 (CO)
31 (MA)
50.3
17) Melges 24
47(FL)
52 (MI)
49 (MD)
49.3
18) Lido 14
49(CA)
52 (CA)
43 (OR)
48.0
19) Vanguard 15
36 (IL)
29 (CA)
77 (NY)
47.3
20) J/105
31(CA)
69(MD)
36 (CA)
45.3
21) Interlake
49(OH)
50 (OH)
33 (MI)
44.0
22) Albacore
40(ONT)
51 (MD)
39 (ON)
43.3
23) Y flyer
35 (SC)
39 (IL)
49 (GA)
41.0
24) Inter Club
36 (MD)
45 (MD)
35 (NJ)
38.7
25) Sonar
27 (NY)
NA
39 (NY)
36.3

In my opinion the list that I've presented here is where the class warfare is taking place. These classes are more or less in direct competition with one another for market share in the one-design racing world.

The real interesting question is not what class is on top but why they are on top. Is it the class association? The cost of a new boat? The design of the boat? When I look at this list I see a list of boats that are all the most user-friendly classes in their particular niche of the sport. What do you think?

I've been doing this survey for a few years now and have yet to go uncorrected. I'll post correections to the forum ass I get them. - Roger Jolly

12/16/08
 

Fleet 126 2008 Season Report (for the ILCA Yearbook): - Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008

 

Fleet 126 – Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT

Captain: David Fried

Secretary: David Marseli

Treasurer: Dick Thackaberry

 

Cedar Point Yacht Club has been home to Lightning Fleet 126 for over 40 years.  CPYC hosted Lightning North American Championships in 2003 and Atlantic Coast Championships in 2007.  Fleet 126 races every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  On the major holiday weekends (Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day), we sail 3-day regattas culminating with club barbeques in a competitive Commodore’s Cup Series.   We also host two invitational regattas.  The Early Bird Regatta takes place the weekend before Memorial Day, and is hosted together with the Flying Scot Fleet.  The Fall Classic takes place the last weekend in September and is run in conjunction with the Thistle Fontelieu Regatta.  The parties at these regattas are becoming legendary, so if there’s any way you can attend, you’ll be happy you came.

 

The 2008 season started out really well at Cedar Point Yacht Club, with a terrific Early Bird Regatta.  Gianni Cuccio chaired the regatta, which included a North Sails rigging and tuning clinic for us and the Flying Scots.  The racing was tight, with a competitive fleet.  Dave Peck from Niantic out-dueled Gianni for the title, but everyone had a lot of fun, and the North Sails video analysis helped everyone shake off the early season rust.

 

With North Americans in nearby Newport, we knew Districts was going to be a tough regatta.  So we all spent a lot of time getting ready.  PRO Harrison Gill served the Lightning fleet well again, getting off 4 races over 2 days for the 26 boat fleet.  Gianni Cuccio, Josh Goldman, Dick Thackabery, Ched Proctor and Eric Heller all qualified for NAs.  At NAs a few weeks later, Ched took 11th, Gianni took 20th in the Championship Fleet, and Josh took 22nd in the President’s Fleet.

 

The 2008 club racing season was a steady season for Fleet 126.  2007 was a season of stellar growth for us, increasing boats on the course and qualifiers.  So, we had a hard act to follow this year.  But we managed to eke out one extra race day this season with 30 races over 15 days.  We had a few more total boats competing in the season, recording 162 total finishes in the season series.  Beating our 2007 numbers was encouraging, but we’re looking forward to an even stronger 2009 with some new boats coming to CPYC and hopefully expanding the fleet even more. 

 

Fall Classic was a bit of a disappointment, with a terrible weather forecast scaring off most of the fleet.  We ended up with three good races on the first day in iffy weather, with the second day getting cancelled.  Josh Goldman won the event with David Fried in second and visiting skipper Bob Hall from Lake Wallenpaupack taking 3rd place.

 

Gianni Cuccio has had a tough stretch… he has not won the fleet championship in two seasons.  His streak of 15 consecutive championships was ended in 2006 by his daughter Laura.  And last year Johnny Jr. took home the championship trophy, named for Gladys Cuccio, Gianni’s mother.  Gianni got back on the tiller this season, and left very little doubt about the final season rankings, winning the Vice Commodore’s Cup, the Commodore’s Cup, the Rear Commodore’s Cup and the Gladys Cuccio Season Championship Trophy.

 

Position

Hull

Skipper

Score

Races

1

15111

Gianni Cuccio

98.3%

19

2

15171

Joshua Goldman

89.4%

17

3

11385

Dick Thackaberry

88.0%

28

4

14819

Eric Heller

74.5%

18

5

15116

Doug Latour

74.3%

17

6

14807

Rod Ratcliffe

70.9%

11

N/Q

15051

David Howe

n/a

12

N/Q

14889

David Fried

n/a

11

N/Q

13889

David Marseli

n/a

13

N/Q

14821

Ched Proctor

n/a

4

N/Q

11501

Gary Wippick

n/a

1

N/Q

14466

Fleet Boat (Guests)

n/a

11

 

 

The major award of Fleet 126 is the Dayton Titsworth Trophy, awarded by the Lightning Fleet to the member who encourages sportsmanship, camaraderie and the love of sailing as exemplified by Dayton Titsworth.  This year we recognized a skipper who has represented Fleet 126 and CPYC well, both in our home waters and at all levels of travel regattas.  Every year, he battles fiercely with our fleet champion, but always in a sportsmanlike manner.  It’s clear that his competitive intensity is more about being on the race course and enjoying himself, rather than the absolute outcome.  He’s always been quick to help out with gear or advice, and he makes a solid regatta travel partner.  All of us in Fleet 126 have been lucky to have this skipper in the fleet.  The 2008 recipient of the Dayton Titsworth Award is Josh Goldman.

 

If you are interested in coming to Cedar Point Yacht Club to try out a Lightning, we have a very competitive Fleet boat.  Contact Fleet Captain David Fried (friedd_76@yahoo.com), and he’ll reserve it for you.  Or, if you’re interested in crewing, contact anyone in Fleet 126, and they’ll most likely be glad to have you on board.  At CPYC, we offer dinghy friendly facilities and top-notch race committee work.  We hope to see you out on the water next season.

 

 

Fleet Captain David Fried's Report through mid season - Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The 2008 Cedar Point Lightning Fleet 126 season started off with a bang. The Early Bird regatta, hosted in conjunction with the Flying Scot fleet, was sailed in strong breeze,to help shake off the winter rust. 14 boats pushed off the dock on Saturday in winds gusting over 25 knots. Dave Peck from Niantic shot 3 bullets on day one to put himself in commanding position. Cedar Point sailors Gianni Cuccio and Josh Goldman sailed well to stay near the top of the standings, with Eric Heller, David Marseli, David Fried and Doug Latour also competing. After another fun day on Sunday, Dave Peck remained at the top, with Cuccio grabbing second place overall.

A week later, Memorial Day weekend provided enough breeze for 5 races to make up the Vice Commodore’s Cup. Again, Gianni Cuccio took top honors, with Josh Goldman and Dick Thackberry joining him on the podium. David Fried edged Eric Heller for 4th place, in a tie-breaker. With 8 boats competing in the cup weekend, it was clear that the Lightning fleet was ready for the season series.

Next up, just 2 weeks later, was Lightning CT/RI District Championships, hosted by Cedar Point. As a qualifier for North American Championships held this year in Newport, RI, this was expected to be a strong fleet. We welcomed 28 boats to Cedar Point, including 6 boats from other districts, drawn to the depth of the CT/RI District competition level. Harrison Gill, as PRO, executed 3 races in 2 days of extremely light wind, with Dave Peck from Niantic repeating as District Champion. At least 5 Cedar Point sailors qualified for North American Championships, including Gianni Cuccio, Josh Goldman, Dick Thackaberry, Ched Proctor and Eric Heller. Rod Radcliffe and Doug Latour also sailed, and are waiting in the wings in case qualification spots open up. David Fried, injured in a car accident 3 days before the regatta, registered for the regatta but was unable to sail, and is hoping desperately that enough qualification spots open up for him to beg his doctors for clearance to sail.

The July 4th weekend delivered light wind for the Commodore’s Cup, but enough to get one race each day. Gianni Cuccio continued his dominance in the standings by winning the cup, with Dick Thackaberry, Eric Heller and Doug Latour following him in finish order.

After racing on July 12, the Lightning Fleet has completed 19 races counting towards the season series. Gianni Cuccio is in the lead for series scoring, and already has amassed enough race days to qualify for the season. But the real action is right behind him. Dick Thackaberry currently sits in 2nd place, just 0.1% ahead of Josh Goldman.Those two sailors fought it out for 2nd and 3rd last year, with Goldman pulling away late to win by 6%. It’s going to be a dogfight this season, with plenty of racing left on the calendar. Eric Heller, Dave Marseli and Doug Latour are fighting for the next three spots, with all three boats within 4%. Two solid 3rd place finishes on July 12 showed that David Howe could be a force at season’s end if he sails enough to qualify.

Looking forward for the Lightning Fleet season, we hope to bring home some hardware from CT Governor’s Cup at Niantic on July 19-20, and then from our strong presence at North American Championships in Newport, RI starting on August 9th. The season series will wrap up on Labor Day Weekend with the Rear Commodore’s Cup. And, the Fall Classic, run in conjunction with the Thistle Fontelieu Invitational, will close out the CPYC Lightning season on September 27-28. Please come and join us for a day of racing, either crewing with one of our skippers or sailing our well rigged fleet boat. Contact fleet captain David Fried at friedd_76@yahoo.com or (845)278-2978 to get involved.

Some good action photos are in the fleet library section, click here.
 


    

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