Larchmont Yacht Club, for the second year in a row, did a superb job hosting the YRA of LIS's Glencairn Team Racing Championship. Indian Harbor had a solid showing, with a win in the Masters division and a 4th in the Varsity division. The host club cleared out its inner mooring field to allow it to run short races in rapid succession for the six clubs, and was able to complete a full round robin before the breeze shut down for the day. The near shore race course created a stadium environment for the teams and supporters waiting between races, and allowed for rapid boat changes and welcome access to shore-side facilities and nourishment.
LYC handed out cookies at the end of the event. Mallomars!!
With only one loss in its round robin, the IHYC masters team, led by team racing captain Steve Schmidt, emerged victorious among its peers. An early win over the always strong Pequot gave the team the confidence to sail fast and clean in the tricky conditions, a formula that won all but the race against the New York Yacht Club. Steve, with Fleet Captain Karen Lau as crew, led the Cummiskey brothers Jamie and Peter, ably assisted by JC Zuconni and George Hopley. The Varsity team of Michael Millard/Hailey Ulmman, Roger van Loveren/Commodore Nye, and Jeb Bechtel/Ted Helme lost a few very tight races on their way to a 4th place finish. They were able to pull off a victory over our friends and cross town rivals at Riverside Yacht Club.
Congratulations to the entire team for a strong showing, and a special thank you to Steve Schmidt for leading our team racing efforts for the last five years. Steve tirelessly grew the team and rallied them for countless practices, local Summer Solstice Series racing, and major events near (Hinman Masters - NYYC) and far (Nichols Cup - Southern YC, Ocean Reef Club). His dedication and passion was much appreciated! Roger van Loveren now picks up the baton. Please let Roger or Erin know if you are interested in being a part of this exciting format.