Indian Harbor's own Mary Alice Carmichael, helmed Foolish Pleasure to a second place finish in the non-spinnaker fleet of the Annual City Island Yacht Club Women Skippers Race held on Saturday, August 10 in Eastchester Bay. Competitors enjoyed a nice stiff NW breeze of 14-18 knots with 40° shifts to the north not uncommon throughout the afternoon. An additional challenge was posed by the Throgs Neck Bridge which created gusty conditions. Local sailors seemed to know how to play these gusts better than the lone visiting yacht – Foolish Pleasure! In fact, much of the discussion at the post race barbecue was how to navigate these puffs out of the bridge.
Foolish Pleasure was crewed by the usual team with Andy Hryb on foredeck and jib trim, Greg Neumann on main trim and former crew member Christina Kapiak who came down from Boston to race! Interesting perspective from the cockpit to see John Ekberg up on the foredeck! We believe that this was the first IHYC yacht to participate in this annual race.
Mary Alice sailed very competitive upwind legs in both races. The first race was 4 1/2 miles, and she finished first across the line and 20 seconds ahead on corrected time of the second-place boat to whom Foolish Pleasure owed 27 seconds a mile. The second race was 2 1/2 miles and a bit more challenging given the shorter downwind leg skirting the bridge. Swirling gusts from the bridge proved a challenge for wing-on-wing sailing. Foolish Pleasure finished 2nd on corrected time and took an overall 2nd Place on a tiebreaker.
Overall this was exciting and challenging race. Kudos to Mary Alice for her first time at the helm!