Sunfish 2020 New York Downstate

Regional Championship

When you sail, race and work with people for several decades you get to learn and understand the content of their character. I have had the great pleasure to sail, race and work on and observe sailing projects over the years with Lee Montes, Jim Ryan, John Bruer and scores of other people that we will mention when the smoke clears. All I can say is:


Almost by surprise and with very little time an International world qualifying event is happening this weekend in our club! and I’m a part of it!

Our special thanks to Lee Montes!

This is the link to the nearest weather stations (you can see it from the launching area)

Weather forecast is low 77 high 83 lightish wind with a modest seabreeze building 4-11 southerly and decent weather both days. For some local information about our thermal and local conditions please see:

Local Sailing information about the Thermal:

if anyone is interested in the local food we have some of the best New York Pizza just a few miles down the road and great chinese food too! Health food and vegen choices abound in the next town. Ask and I will be happy to make a list for you.

we will have a UFO foiler setup from to see and provide demo rides if anyone is interested – most likely later in the day after the racing is over.

I’ll be in the ‘Red Boat’ Rib.


Fun Fun Fun, We’re sailing in 2020

are you?

The New Normal

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.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Sailing on a spectacular day and racing in a skilled competitive fleet is more fun than ever!
  2. Everyone takes the c-19 social distancing and mask/gaitor wearing seriously.
  3. Lee Montes can fit a jy15 into a slot narrower than a JY15 without touching either side. it’s like magic.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!

There’s a New Kid In Town!

Everybody’s Talkin’!

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:

  • Foiling Boats
  • Instruction
  • Races
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring

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.


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.

Just drop us an email at or

Let us know when you want to fly a boat.

First Sail.

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.

See you all this summer.


Announcement 2020-04-02


Racing is cancelled through April.

We plan on resuming racing Monday nights in July.

The property is open to work and play on your boat.

Some may be single handing this Sunday 4/5.

We plan on floating the big boat.

The dink is available and loaner boat are available.

Facial protection such as a mask or bandana and distancing are required when on the beach.



Sailors, crew, , race committee, official photographer,

Thank you for a GREAT season. It was a wonderful start for the new CRDC club.

We couldn’t have done it without each of you.

I feel confident that I’m speaking for everyone.

We all look forward to seeing each other and more outstanding competition, camaraderie and fun when the current worldwide situation is resolved.

Please stay safe

I look forward to seeing each and every one of you on the other side of this. Better days are ahead

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