Last Sunday, July 28, the highly competitive commodores of seven regional yacht clubs competed in the Commodore’s Cup regatta for the Drake H. Sparkman III Memorial Trophy, hosted this year by American Yacht Club.
Vice Commodore Steven Levy and his J/121 Eagle represented IHYC, with Commodore Ted Graves and an experienced crew, featuring IHYC members Michael Millard, Ted Helme, Henry Harris and David Seabrook, along with regular Eagle crew members Dave Pavelko and Cary James.
Eagle is a striking yacht—a brand-new design with a spectacular eagle livery (see photo). But Eagle was not the only glamor yacht competing. The latest Christopher Dragon, CD XI, a Ker 40+, represented Larchmont Yacht Club, supported by her “tender,” Dragon Lady. CD XI is one of the fastest racing machines on the Sound. Stamford Yacht club sent Unplugged, a stunning custom 28 foot planing daysailer. American Yacht Club had Sundari, a Farr 400. Saugatuck Harbor, Orienta and Riverside yacht clubs fielded a Thomas 35, a Beneteau First 36.7, and a J/122 respectively, setting up a fascinating contest between seven different designs.
By the end of the regatta, the fastest yachts prevailed, with Christopher Dragon scoring three firsts and Sundari scoring three seconds. Unplugged took third, just ahead of IHYC’s Eagle in fourth place.
The IHYC team sailed well, with tactician Michael Millard calling several winning starts. We were fortunate to have Henry Harris, who showed great talent and a remarkable work rate on bow. Powering through both windward and leeward takedowns and outside and inside gybes of Eagle’s massive asymmetric spinnaker, over three races and six downwind legs! Eagle showed good tactics, solid boat handling, and had no big mistakes—pretty good for a team which had never sailed as a unit! In the end, the IHYC team was beaten by superior boat speed.
American YC were wonderful hosts, proving an open drinks bar and a seafood bar featuring lobster, oysters and more. Start lining up now for your chance to participate in this great event next season!
by David Seabrook