A nice wind down to the season's women's racing is Larchmont Yacht Club's Commodore Mendez Trophy, as it's a one-day race sailed in Ideal 18s with no spinnakers. Having no spinnakers is a blessing because it allows for more sailors to participate, but it can be a curse because the downwind legs can be quite a "slog" as they seem to keep getting longer and longer throughout the day! But, the Mendez is always a favorite to sail, especially because of PRO Paul Lennon, who always threatens to run 10 races!Last Saturday, 4 Indian Harbor teams of Christine D'Amico/Carolyn Driscoll, Fleet Captain Karen Lau/Leigh Frecker, Lauren Toretta/Beth Forbes and Tamara Ng-Yow/Pepper Anderson joined an amazing 15 teams from Horseshoe Harbor to Norwalk. It was a nice fall day - perfect for being out on the water - with an easterly, 5-7 knot breeze. The races were a modified windward leeward course which provided for close racing with great competition. The efficient RC not only ran 7 races, but masterfully choreographed 30 or so runs to the head at lunch! While it would have been nice for a little more breeze and a little less chop, it didn't stop all 4 teams from placing in the top 10, with Lau and Frecker placing second, with only 1 point behind the winners.We commend the 38 Mendez competitors for their contagious, high energy and excitement before, during and after the races. The camaraderie between the women sailors strengthens new and old friendships and encourages all to keep on sailing.
Visit the LYC Mendez webpage. You might be confused, but yes, that's the IHYC team from 2013!