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IHYC Sailors Win Multiple Trophies at 2017 YRALIS Awards
IHYC sailors took home eight trophies from the 2017 Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRALIS) awards on Sunday, December 3rd at Larchmont Yacht Club.


Photo: L to R: Michael Millard, John Ekberg, Greg Neumann, Roger van Loveren, Christine D'Amico, David Seabrook, Fleet Captain Karen Lau, Jonathan Nye

IHYC sailors took home eight trophies from the 2017 Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound (YRALIS) awards on Sunday, December 3rd. There were so many IHYC sailors attending that they occupied two large tables at the subsequent dinner at Larchmont Yacht Club.


Photo: Jonathan Nye receives the Sagola Trophy

Jonathan Nye (Attractive Nuisance) won the Henry Abbott Stratford Shoal trophy for Stratford Shoal races sailed under the PHRF handicap system.  He scored wins in both the Riverside Stratford Shoal race and the IHYC Gearbuster to qualify for this trophy. Jonathan also took third place in the Sagola Trophy competition for PHRF distance racing. His qualifying races were Larchmont’s Edlu race  (first in class), the IHYC Geartester (first in class), the Gearbuster (first in class) and the RYC Stratford Shoal race (first in class and first overall). The RYC Stratford Shoal result must have been particularly sweet!


Photo: John Ekberg and some of the enthusiastic crew of Foolish Pleasure

John Ekberg and the Foolish Pleasure crew won the Mertz trophy for day racing for the second year in a row. This trophy is for non-spinnaker day racing for boats with a PHRF rating greater than 138. Their qualifying races were the Halloween Yacht Club Mayor's Cup Race (first in class and first overall in the non-spinnaker division), Stamford Denmark race (first in class), the IHYC Geartester (first in class) and the IHYC Gearbuster (first in class and first overall in non-spinnaker division). John also took second in the non-spinnaker division of the Stratford Shoal competition. His qualifying races were the RYC Stratford Shoal race and  IHYC’s Gearbuster. John’s crew are highly engaged and were there in force at the awards ceremony and the following dinner.

Bill Clemens (Coyote) took second in the Spring Gitana Trophy for day racing for boats with PHRF rating less than 93, with a strong showing in the YRA Championships (first in class).


Photo: Michael Millard and Christine D'Amico were the Ideal 18 Champions

Michael Millard and Christine D’Amico won two YRALIS one-design trophies: first overall in Ideal 18s and the Sally Finkbeiner Memorial Trophy for the best combined result in three regattas: the YRALIS championships, the OGYC Solstice Series and the Belle Haven Ideal 18 Invitational regatta.

David Seabrook received a YRALIS special award—the Roger H. Shope Trophy for outstanding achievement in race management—for his contributions to scoring  (see separate article “A Little Love for the Scorers”). There is real IHYC synergy at work in the Ideal 18 class: Michael Millard and Christine D’Amico won the Sunday YRA Ideal 18 series for which Christine did the scoring and David provided the scoring program. Go IHYC!

The YRA of LIS awards perpetual trophies both for day racing and distance racing for PHRF and IRC boats. There are also prizes for one-design classes and special awards for contributions to yacht racing on Long Island Sound.