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IHYC Sailors Love the Light Air

Photo: Lasers and Ideal 18s demonstrating light air technique. Photo: Mary Alice F. Carmichael

It feels as if conditions have alternated between light air and thunderstorms for most of this season. For last weekend’s Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound’s Annual Championship Regatta, it was another turn for light air. So light, in fact, that on Saturday the PHRF (big boat) fleet didn’t complete any races at all. Yet, despite the brutal conditions, IHYC sailors and race committees acquitted themselves well. 

Photo: Michael Levy, Steven Levy and a crew member of Eagle. Photo: YRALIS

IHYC Vice Commodore Steven Levy and the crew of Eagle won the PHRF Navigator Spinnaker Division on Sunday. This was a competitive fleet, and a good result for a boat not previously thought to be strong in light air. Kudos to the team for what must have been some good tactical decisions!

IHYC Circle winners Michael Millard and Christine D’Amico with Event Chair Dana O’Brien.Photo: YRALIS

Michael Millard and Christine D’Amico scored a perfect record of four first places in the Ideal 18 competition, taking home first in division as well as the special award for winning the IHYC circle. The Ideal 18 division was the largest in the regatta, with ten boats competing. 

IHYC circle Principal Race Officer Phil Zecher deserves a special mention. He managed to get in four Ideal 18 races and three Laser races over two days, despite multiple postponements due to lack of wind. That’s the kind of grit we admire. Thanks to Phil and his race committee team! 

by David Seabrook