2019 AYC Annual Regatta Race Report
What a difference a year makes as far as weather and fleet participation. We had 7 boats registered for the AYC Annual Regatta and 5 that showed up to race. Last year's event was cancelled and in 2017 we got one shortened race completed before getting clobbered by a severe thunderstorm.
Photos by Drew Beach & AYC
The weather forecast Saturday proved faulty and a couple of us were in the racing area at 10:20 AM Saturday with 7 knots of wind, only to learn that AYC had postponed the start until 1:00 PM waiting for the sea breeze to fill in. It made for a long day and unfortunately for Skimmer, an early exit from the regatta, because of the delay, so that our daughter could catch a flight. The good news was a steady breeze in the 7 to 11 or 12 knot range which provided for an excellent day on the water and kept the racecourse we shared with Cal 25 and Harbor 20 Fleets from being congested.
The standard 3 windward/leeward races with 2 laps were completed on our river course with the initial windward mark at 150 degrees and at a distance of .5 miles. A persistent shift to the right favored the right side of the course, and in the first 2 races Magic took the most advantage of this and also with excellent boat speed registered 3 bullets for the day. Linnaea, now sporting its new name in gold leaf, again displayed consistent performance with 3 second place finishes. Halcyon finished out the podium with a third place for the Regatta. Again, much thanks to Bob Spann, Resilient, for making the journey up from Herrington Harbor to join the fun.
Results below. Official race results are posted at yachtscoring.com
Next up is the CRAB Cup on August 17. We use to get a good turn-out for this regatta, which can become quite strategic with the government mark course and the pursuit start, so let's try to do that again. I know that some are away in August, but with the renewed fleet interest and new fleet members, perhaps we can again have a good showing.
We would like to welcome the newest Alerion to our Fleet Roster, David White sailing Saracen, Hull #125 out of Rock Hall, MD. We encourage David to join us, if possible, for one of our Regattas.
We have completed 4 of our 7 scheduled Regattas for the year. The 3 remaining are, CRAB Cup - August 17, Hospice Cup - September 14 and the AYC Fall Series River Course on October 12. We will try to start computing the numbers for "High Point" for our Fleet. The "Perpetual Trophy" will be awarded to the 2019 Winner at a fall Fleet Meeting, to be announced. We should also have enough races this year for our winner to qualify for the CBYRA High Point Award that gets recognized in 2020.
Jack Detweiler, Fleet Captain