We blew horns, we fun raced a course. 7 boats showed up. We were going to do 2 races then race to the newly re-opened Snapper Inn. The day was so great, and the wind so fine that the 2 turned into 3 turned into 4, and then we had to keep doing races until Jim Ryan and Billy Caggiano won one! that was the 7th race!
Lots of sketchy things happened. I set up a great course south of CRDC, but the fleet stubbornly stayed north of CRDC, so i had to pick up the marks and move the course. i was sufficiently annoyed (and how annoyed can you be on a perfect day) that i just handed the marks to the sailboats and said “put ’em where you want ’em”. Big thanks to Alphonse Guardino for these photos and our very own NYC Ferry Captain assisting on the RC boat!
Peters boat while running the finish line got hit in the stern. He was one inch away from finishing (ok maybe half an inch) and the collision spun his boat down away from the finish, it was so competitive that allowed two other boats to slip in before he could finish.
Sailing on a spectacular day and racing in a skilled competitive fleet is more fun than ever!
Everyone takes the c-19 social distancing and mask/gaitor wearing seriously.
Lee Montes can fit a jy15 into a slot narrower than a JY15 without touching either side. it’s like magic.
It’s ok to go under the committee boat while finishing (Lee). I didn’t need to consult Jim Ryan on this one as John Breuer and I used to fly a hull over the gunnal of the committee boat in Bellport and Sayville (just to keep them on their toes). If you can go over without being protested by BBYC and SYC, you can certainly go under without be protested by CDRC!
The Snapper Inn :Always warm and welcoming… A great destination by boat or car.
Regular Monday Evening Racing Starts on July 6th. Why aren’t you sailing?
If you want to try foiling, catch your free flight!
While we’re getting ready for the sailing season, WILD things have been happening on the grounds of the Connetquot River Dinghy Club!
This is a great shot of the UFO -Foiler. The Front and Aft Foils clearly visible along with the Carbon Fiber Spars. Not only does it foil, but it sails like a catamaran off-foil.
Summer Olympics – Postponed
US Sailing events – Cancelled
Regional and local Juniors Sailing – Unknown
Regional and local sailing clubs – Unknown.
Once in a lifetime offer!: May 10 – June 15th
For experienced sailors only:
Come and try out our UFO on Great South Bay. May 15-June 15, we’ll be out and testing the UFO, please contact us if you’d like to arrange a friendly test sail.
Join our school before June 15th and receive an annual membership.
South Shore Racing Mission:
To teach (and learn) foiling and racing while adhering to US Sailing and NYS protocols on social distancing and safety.
Learn Foiling on someone elses boat that you can drive like a rented army mule.
Get experience navigating and racing to fixed points over the horizon.
Have more fun than you can imagine…..
While learning essential, crucial skills.
Sail, Foil and Race with experienced champion instructors.
Improve your skills while the traditional sailing channels are shut down.
South Shore Racing School provides:
Honesty, Integrity, Transparancy, Courage –
Life Values. During these uncertain times there are great opportunities to be won and lost. Everyone involved in the South Shore Racing School Loves to sail, Loves to race, Loves competition, Loves camaraderie, Loves to teach and Loves to mentor. We all love to win in all those many forms! We know that foiling is a winner as it is the “thing” of the future. And we know that this pandemic will not last forever. These boats can be sailed with more than one person on board, but they are single handed boats. We can double down during the ‘traditional’ boat racing hiatus and be ready when things open with radical foiling and racing skills, while playing according to all the rules during the pandemic.
We at South Shore Racing School are committed (or should be, but that’s another story) to our mission. Here is what we’re doing. We are putting together a serious extended summer of foiling – learning, racing and distance sails, for serious sailors that don’t want to stop improving their skills (radically) during these times.
We have everything in place to start this ball rolling before the summer EXCEPT YOU! We need 18 to 24 committed sailors to pony up and join us and we can have a summer of racing foilers, navigating and sailing distances and getting to Fire Island by foil boat.
We also need experienced sailing instructors and boat maintenance people to help out. Be in touch. When we pull the trigger on this, things will happen fast – and you can look at your calendar and see there’s not much time left.
FOR A LIMITED TIME
Now though june 15th you have an opportunity to try this gem of a little boat – think of it as a turbo-charged Miata with race slicks, and decide if you want to be stuck on land in the heat of July. All we need is for you to show up in your gear, sign a waiver (which will be downloadable shortly) and we’ll turn you lose for a time boxed friendly sail with a crash boat monitoring your progress and coaching you. If your club isn’t going to have a traditional sailing season come with us and double down on the most exciting sailing you may do in a lifetime.
Our special thanks to JB, founder of CRDC, Connetquot River Dinghy Club for the use of their grounds and for taking out the foiler on it’s first sail ever on the south shore of Long Island! I spoke to him this morning and he was proud to say that he made it from his bed to his sofa without assistance!
Our Special thanks to our “Other JB”, our champion instructor, for trusting us in rather challenging conditions – win SW 15 gusting to 26, and getting some really spectacular shots and videos! He also mentioned something about soreness.
There were so many things to beware of, the number 1 item being covid-19 pandemic virus. But there was no lockdown order and uncertainty and fear clobbering every aspect of life, what could be more quaranteened than sailing a JY15 on a near empty river?
Not knowing what to expect about so many things, it was a beautiful day, in stark contrast from all the news rolling in lately, that 15 boats showed up to escape from one reality to sail and exist in another reality for a long session of races.
The wind slowly oscillated through 120 degress – from NW through ESE blowing from 5 with occaisional gusts to 15
But beware the Ides of march. The fanstastic race committee set perfect courses, but with apparently some tricks.
Also, there are great photo’s from the day. see the link at the bottom of the page!
The reach mark is not neccessarily in line with the pin. HINT* if you can lay the weather mark without tacking, either the wind has shifted, the race commitee are idiots, or the mark you’re heading to is NOT the weather mark. While people might argue for the rest of the day and the rest of the season whether or not the race committee are idiots, our US sailing judge sailed his boat to the weather mark along with 1/2 the fleet. The other 1/2 of the fleet followed someone else. I heard harsh words spoken about your humble narrator, but it would be difficult to get redress in the half of the fleet that sailed to the reach mark first when the judge in the case sailed the correct course. Beware!
We also had several recalls, two general. Everyone seemed anxious to start and the recalls seemed to generate more anxst.
We did course 2’s, 4’s, a 3 (we felt obligated to use the reach mark since it screwed up half the fleet) and a crew race.
First Place Crew, first day as skipper. Lauren
Second Place Crew, Marissa
Dylan Williams, third place crew – first time on the podium ever!
I can’t wait for him to skipper my catamaran on the spring or fall Wet Pants Pursuit race and see if he can do twice as well with double the hulls!
We raced until 2:30 (usually we’re done before 2) but no one really wanted to leave the reality we all live for and go back to the reality of the world as it exists.
We have important decisions to make about the next several weeks. Our sport is somewhat solitary, seems to fit into the new regulations of c-19 as our groups are only two and it’s outside.
We managed to have a great sailing season so far and the weather gave us crazy windows of opportunities between storms, several times. I am grateful to the gods of the wind, the weather and the seas.
I for one realize just how important normalcy on a regular basis is. I think every person who showed up got some of the peace I got.
We’ll keep the schedule up. Stay healthy. Wash your hands in cold saltwater.
and world and weather permitting – we’ll see you on the 29th.
3 days Before the 1/19 Races John Breuer had said: ’3 races and then it will blowout’. During the start sequence to the 4th race his forecast (from 3 days ahead) turned out to be spot on to the minute and we abandoned the race and went in. Dan Williams on race committee asked me: “Is John psychic?” After sailing with John for 35 plus years I can attest that when it comes to the wind the answer is obvious.
3 days ago, on Valentines Day, On the other side of a 15 degree night, John promised us the following:
“There’s excellent frostbiting conditions coming.
Forecasts call for sun, SW 10 to 15 and temps in the 40’s”
John Breuer 3 days before the races.
John was wrong. The wind was WSW 5-15, but he kept his promise about the frostbiting. It may have been the best regatta all season!
John’s forecasts are ROCK SOLID. To find his secret methodology look at our ‘weather/charts’ section
We started out with 6 boats, which I was happy but a little disappointed about, but as the minutes ticked on more drizzled out, one or two at a time, and by the time we were racing 13 boats showed up for some serious competition and more serious fun. Did I tell you we start the first sequence AT NOON?
Apparent Lessons Learned:
Question: are ‘apparent lessons’ like ‘apparent wind’?
The race committee takes suggestions from the fleet seriously. While I am committed to NEVER set a perfectly square line, In wind that at one point shifted 40 degrees, we were sufficiently diligent enough to set courses that didn’t even generate complaints from Jim Ryan!
Well, that’s not true, after the last race Jim Registered his protest against the race committee by turning hard right, going under our anchor line (thereby testing his theory that we tend to drag anchor and my assertion that we do not drag anchor). The anchor line stayed fast to the bottom and Jim hit the committee boat and came to a dead stop. The race committee takes that as an affirmation of a job (setting the anchor) well done!
We did the first General Recall of the season (and my first general recall as race committee in a lifetime). Everyone knew they were way over way early, and we called you all on it.
We did the first Crew race of the season – and it was a blast to watch the start. Fascinating but the fleet sailed tighter and closer with the crews at the helm. Maybe we’re onto something.
We sailed the first course 5, JB suggested we do a course 7.
7 races in, 13 boats on the water and a crew race.
When the sun came out at 2 sharp, we called it a day!
It’s a real pleasure serving as race committee for you all! Fun, competitive, great sportsmanship all around. I can’t wait till March 1st!
Sunday gave us some of the best conditions we had in awhile. We had 12 boats, 7 committee/chase boat volunteers and a few spectators totaling 35. SW winds up to 15 contributed to a full day of racing. SW winds up to 15 contributed to a full day of racing. A slightly pin favored line spread the fleet out with a few individual recalls. The competitive starts produced fun upwind legs a season first general recall. We also enjoyed a mellow crew race that Marissa owned. Ryan, Rob, and Emma soon followed. Jim and Marissa ran away with the day and 3 bullets grabbing the top season position for themselves. Kevin and Keelyn were welcomed back with a bullet and second overall. Rick and John podiumed with a bullet and a great day. I saw safe, competitive racing with very few fouls. Those who were protested did their turns and we once again thank everyone for playing fairly.
Once again the weather forecast was spot-on. Fridays gale force winds and Saturdays snow storm turned to rain and warmer temperatures overnight.
Once again we got a stellar window of, perfect sailing weather, sunshine, 40 degrees and NNW wind at 8-12. We got three races in for the first race of the year and the decade before the winds kicked way up!
10 boats showed up.
Lesson of the Day:
John Breuer is right (about somethings). We saw a change in clouds in the distance and JB kept saying 3 races and we’re done. We finished the 3rd race and the conditions were still great, so we decided to go for more. As the clouds overhead drove in the wind kicked up to about 22-24 and we abandoned the fourth race before the start. Dan Williams, on race committee said to me regarding John: “Is he psychic?”. I simply replied: “Yes”.
When it comes to wind JB can usually tell you with certainty what is about to happen.