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Peter Beardsley

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2014 WLIS racing
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:35:51 PM »
We had a fleet meeting on Saturday, March 15.  14 boats were represented out of the 30 WLIS Vipers.  We managed to consume $400 worth of beer in pitchers and cheese in crackers at LYC prices.  I'm attaching a few documents that were distributed at that meeting for those who lost theirs in a beer-and-cheese induced stupor, along with a couple that weren't ready yet.  Meeting summary with recent updates:
 
- As of this week, there are 15 Vipers at LYC, 5 in Greenwich, 5 in Stamford, 3 at Noroton (hopefully a fourth soon to come), 1 at Cedar Point, 2 in the Hudson River, and 1 that floats around and likes to show up in WLIS a fair amount.  Welcome to the following new owners: Warren Costikyan (213 out of Noroton), Greg Smith (175 out of Noroton), Christian Manchester (161 out of Larchmont), Adam Trigg (182 out of Larchmont) and Lawrence Cutler/Steve Minninger (167 out of Larchmont, chartered 56 in 2013).  Dave Owen and I decided to flip 161 to Christian and buy 222, which will arrive in mid May.  Paul Gagne sold Viper 84 to a guy in Ithaca who grew up in WLIS and who says he plans to come down a few times this summer, so we'll still see that boat from time to time. 
 
- There are plans to do local racing in both the Larchmont area and in Western CT.  The Larchmont schedule is attached ("2014 Viper LYC SI Supplement.pdf") and the Western CT guys need to figure out amongst themselves what days they want to race and how they want to score it.  As always, everyone is welcome to enter LYC local racing but storage is very limited, but if folks want to tow over, or launch out of LYC for bigger events (like Memorial Day and Race Week), you are welcome to do so. 
 
- There is a separate WLIS Championship Circuit (schedule attached at "2014 WLIS Championship.pdf) consisting of 7 regattas, all of which are 2-day events in WLIS. 
 
- The Larchmont schedule does not include any travel regattas except for YRALIS Champs at Indian Harbor.  This was due to popular demand from several LYC teams who wanted the focus for for the LYC championship to be on local stuff.  They'll still need to sail a bunch.  Both weekends of LYC Race Week will count toward the LYC championship in 2014, but only the second weekend will count toward the WLIS Championship for teams who want to go to Newport Regatta. 
 
- YRALIS MidSound One Design SIs are attached.  These only apply to the Larchmont area racing, and are modifed by the LYC SI Supplement / Fleet Rules, mostly relating to schedule and protest procedure.  Others are welcome to adopt as they like for their own racing. 
 
- Regattas: local racing starts May 24-25 at LYC for Memorial Day.  Entry forms are not available yet, but as always, the entry fee is $0, and we hope to have some sort of BBQ Saturday night, location TBA.  The following weekend is Cedar Point One Design - online registration is available at http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=971
 
If you can't wait until May 24-25, there are 10 Vipers signed up for the Annapolis NOOD May 3-4 (they'll only race Saturday-Sunday, even though other classes may race Friday) -- sign up at http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=938
 
For LYC boats at minimum, you need to be a member of the YRALIS and pay your 2014 dues.  To renew, go to https://yralis.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=60&club_id=555474&sl=264683052 -- $50 for "Active Member" status, which makes you eligible for all trophies, etc. 
 
Looking forward to a fantastic season and seeing everyone on the water.  If anyone has any questions, needs a hand with his boat, wants to buy a boat, etc., please let me know.
« Last Edit: April 23, 2014, 02:16:51 PM by Peter Beardsley »
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Re: 2014 WLIS racing
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2014, 10:59:28 AM »
June Viper racing wrapped up at LYC on Saturday at the same time that Noroton YC hosted a Viper demo with 25 sailors in attendance.  So a good weekend for WLIS Vipers, though the wind was a bit lighter than usual.  Huge thanks to Warren Costikyan, Joe Healey and Luke Raymond at Noroton for coordinating the demo day with Dan Tucker of Rondar -- hopefully we'll see more Noroton Vipers on the line in the near future. 

Saturday at LYC was the annual distance race amongst all the one design fleets, though with the Shields away at Seawanhaka for Districts, a couple of Etchells at Worlds leading to zero Etchells turnout, and only 2 IODs and 1 S-Boats, the excitement was limited to 8 Vipers.  At 4.1 nm, the 2014 edition of the "distance race" was only half as long as the shortest distance race we've ever had, though when the wind is 4-6 kts most of the day from the ESE, that's probably a reasonable length.  Blackout Proposal passed Ghost Panda on the first downwind and held on for the win.  The battle for third was the best of the day, with Basilisk and Eclipse rounding G1 overlapped en route to the finish.  Amelie sailed from 6th to 3rd by banging the right corner on the final beat, while Wild Hogs was also rapidly gaining ground.  Basilisk ended up edging out Amelie by one second across the line as both teams luffed, with Eclipse in fifth. 

LYC season standings through June 21 are attached.  I'm also attaching the WLIS Championship Series results (huge thanks to Stephane Lautner for creating the spreadsheet), since the next racing for both is July 5-6 at the AYC Independence Day Regatta -- $25 entry fee, even if you can only sail one day, you should (since as always, races for the LYC championship are scored individually -- WLIS series counts regattas).  The entry form is the last page of the NOR.  So far I know of at least 9 boats planning to attend, and that doesn't count 7 LYC teams where I haven't done a full headcount -- expecting double digits on the line.  Send AYC your entry forms and we'll count bodies next weekend.  If any teams from outside of LYC/AYC need a place to store / launch for the week, let me know. 

THERE IS NO RACING THIS WEEKEND -- nothing happening June 28/29.  There is some chatter about doing some tuning / practice at LYC one of the days this weekend.  I'd be willing to hop in other people's boats and see if we can commandeer a RIB -- if there's any interest, let me know and depending on how many people want to get together, we may organize something slightly more formal. 

Upcoming Regattas:

July 5-6: American YC Independence Day Regatta: 2014 NOR with entry form as final page posted at http://www.americanyc.org/site/uploaded_files/sailing_racing_ctrl/Files/AYC%20YRA%20Independence%20Day%20Regatta/sub_files.php
 
July 12:13: Newport Regatta: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1087
 
July 12-13, 19-20: LYC Race Week: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1085 (only the second weekend counts toward the WLIS Championship series, though there is racing both weekends for teams who aren't going to Newport)
 
July 25-27: Marblehead NOOD / Viper New England Champs: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=941
 
Aug. 2-3: YRALIS Champs: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1120
 
Sept. 20-21: Stamford One Design Regatta: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=777
 
Oct. 11-12: HPDO at American YC: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1148
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Re: 2014 WLIS racing
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 01:18:18 PM »
Gorgeous weekend for racing Vipers - hiking / planing conditions both days for the AYC Independence Day Regatta with plenty of sun.  The Vipers were by far the largest fleet with 10 boats sailing part or all of the weekend, 3 races each day.  Saturday was a very shifty 8-15 kt northerly with a couple of higher gusts, with places changing rapidly when a 50-degree shift with twice the pressure would drop in on one side of the course.  Sunday was a steadier SW breeze of 12-17 kts with a couple of higher gusts.  4 different teams won races, but Cardwell and Jennifer Potts, sailing with rotating crew, had the most consistent scoreline to win by 9 points over Ghost Panda.  Places 3-6 were a bit of a logjam, with Wild Hogs taking third by a point over Charles Goodrich from Stamford.  Results attached - to the extent these differ from what is posted on the AYC website, it is because teams who did not submit entry forms were not officially scored by AYC, but that's not how we do our local scoring.  The weekend was also a qualifier for the WLIS Championship Circuit - updated standings attached, with the second weekend of LYC Race Week being the next qualifier. 
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Re: 2014 WLIS racing
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014, 10:14:49 AM »
After amazing conditions for Weekend 1 of Race Week, it seemed hard to imagine getting better conditions for Weekend 2, especially when most weather models were very pessimistic all week.  Instead, we ended up with BETTER conditions, making for probably the best 4 days of racing for Senior Race Week in my lifetime.  13 races in 4 days, with the second weekend featuring a 9-12 kt easterly on Saturday with 4 races for 18 Vipers, with the easterly sticking around overnight to kick up some good waves and chop on Sunday in 13-16 kts for an additional 2 races, leaving plenty of time for derigging, free Ben & Jerry's on the lawn, and awards.  Danny Pletsch, Cardwell Potts and Megan Magill kept their lead from weekend 1, winning both races on Sunday to take the weekend 1, weekend 2 and overall titles.  Brad Boston, Lee Shuckerow and Matt Abbott drove 12 hours from Sarnia, Ontario and won two races on Saturday to place second for the second weekend, with Jason Carroll, John Baxter and Chad Corning winning the last race on Saturday and taking third for the weekend and third for the regatta.  Dave and I were fourth for the second weekend but the scores from weekend 1 were good enough to keep us in second overall. 

Huge thanks to the teams who traveled in, and also for a very strong LYC showing over the course of the regatta.  A lot of people commented on the number of Vipers on the line, and we've drawn some interest from prospective new owners at LYC as a result. 

Overall regatta results: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eid=1085

Updated LYC season standings attached. 

Weekend 2 results scored separately attached. 

The Weekend 2 results were used to score the WLIS Championship Circuit, of which the second weekend was the 4th regatta out of 7.  Those circuit standings are attached.  The next regatta is YRALIS Champs at Indian Harbor Aug. 2-3.

YRALIS CHAMPS: August 2-3 at Indian Harbor.  Both days count toward the LYC season and toward the WLIS Circuit.  http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1120 --10 Vipers already signed up, and we're expecting 15+ to sign up eventually now that we're past the July crunch.  As always, there will be the option to tow over to Indian Harbor by water from Larchmont as we have done in past years (starting line is off of Rye Beach), or you can trailer over and launch from IHYC if you'd rather do that.  Don't be faked out by the word "champs" in the regatta title -- you do not need to qualify to attend -- it's just that the overall senior one design winner (which could be a Viper -- I believe Blackout Proposal won it last year) will win the YRA Perpetual Trophy for the Men's Championship.  The races tend to be short (I've never seen them have legs of more than 0.75 nm at this one) and we end up getting in a lot of races as a result.  Even if you can only do one day, you should sign up and plan to be there.   
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Re: 2014 WLIS racing
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2014, 12:24:53 PM »
The strange but excellent stretch of weekend summer weather continued, with an easterly for both days of YRALIS Champs this weekend.  Saturday's easterly was 15-19 kts with some steep waves to make for some tough upwinds but extremely fun downwind rides, and Sunday was 5-10 kts.  12 Vipers made it out for part or all of the weekend, with an excellent duel between Blackout Proposal and Ghost Panda that involved a lot of lead changes.  We did our best to keep it interesting for the guys on Viper 205, but they ended up taking the regatta by two points.  Justin Scott sailing with Margaret Rew and Tig Smith on Sunday (and Christian Brakman on Saturday) won the 7th and final race to take 3rd for the regatta.  The racecourse was off of Bluefish Shoal in Greenwich -- about 6 miles from the LYC breakwater.  The downwind ride back to LYC on Ghost Panda on Saturday in the big easterly only took 24 minutes, with a top speed of 16.9 kts and 15.8 kts sustained over 10 seconds.  One of the best rides we've had in a long time, though it made the post-race beer drinking on the sail back a bit more challenging (though not impossible).  Congratulations to Danny Pletsch, Cardwell Potts, Jennifer Potts and Megan Magill for winning the YRALIS Championship and also winning the Hipkins Trophy for the YRALIS Men's Championship for best overall performance.   

Full results posted at http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1120

Updated LYC season standings and WLIS Championship Circuit standings attached.  We've now sailed 5 of the 7 WLIS Circuit events -- next up is the Stamford YC Viper Open Sept. 20-21 (sign up at http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=777) followed by the HPDO at American YC Oct. 11-12 (http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1148).

The LYC August schedule has local racing Aug. 9, 16 and 30, with no racing Aug. 23.  1425 first warning all of those days.  If you plan to race at LYC any of those days, please let me know for headcount purposes.  Also, if you want to get out there as a guest skipper or if you're up for loaning your Viper out to a qualified team of prospects, please let me know -- we have a couple of people who will likely get out there once or twice over the next few weeks. 
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Re: 2014 WLIS racing
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2014, 01:57:42 PM »
30 Vipers this past weekend at American YC for the HPDO to end the local sailing season.  Saturday started off cold and rainy, with a 13-16 kt easterly that had a few higher gusts and plenty of chop.  5 races, after which LYC team Flux Capacitor (Jay Rhame, Rachel Daugherty, Becker Chase, Melissa Pumphrey on Saturday / Annelise Schantz on Sunday) led current North American champs Jackpot by a point.  Sunday was ENE with a steadily dying breeze that started off around 13 kts but dropped to 5 by the end of the day, with 3 more races.  Flux Capacitor ended up second overall, Ghost Panda dropped from 2nd to 4th overall in the final race, and on the whole, WLIS Vipers sailed well, taking 7 of the top 11 spots.  Even outside the top group, a number of teams sailed strong events -- Pierce Crosbie and crew only sailed Saturday but scored a 7th and a 5th, Redrhumb had its best performance to date, mixing it up with the top group in a number of races. Amelie was in the top 3 in at least one race before a big broach put them back in the standings.  Basilisk recovered from a tough first day to sail well on Sunday.  Fun event.  Full recap posted at http://www.viper640.org/component/content/article/14-news/467-great-racing-great-friends-great-beer-30-vipers
Results: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1148
Lots of photos from photoboat.com: http://www.photoboatgallery.net/p532177130

With the last local regatta of the season in the books, final season standings are available.  Blackout Proposal wins the WLIS Championship Circuit, winning 3 events, with Flux Capacitor in second and Wild Hogs in third (full scores attached).  The LYC season standings also give the win to Blackout Proposal, with the Panda Team finishing 2nd for the third time in four years, and Flux Capacitor in third.  Full results attached for both. 

Winter regattas:

- The Mid Atlantic Championship is in Hampton, VA Nov. 8-9.  222 will be there, and I know some other people have talked about attending.  There will be storage available in the Hampton area for those who want, and we will likely keep 222 there and move it to Florida on a double trailer if anyone wants to join up.  Information about the Hampton Regatta is posted at http://forum.viper640.org/index.php?topic=1799.0

- There are 3 regattas in Sarasota, FL - one in December, one in January, one in February.  We are hoping to do 2 of the 3.  Mast-up storage available in Sarasota, and information about the series posted at http://forum.viper640.org/index.php?topic=1806.0 -- if you're thinking about attending, the more boats who sign up early, the more momentum this will get.

- Miami Sailing Week is Mar. 5-7, with the EFG Winter Cup Mar. 1-2.  NOR isn't published yet but registration is open at http://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1222

- Charleston Race Week is Apr. 17-19.  Registration is open at http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1220 and there's a discount to those who register before Jan. 31. 

For those who want to discuss multi-boat transportation options to Hampton, Florida, and/or Charleston, please drop me a line.  Maybe some teams can join up with hybrid teams to split the cost if there's a co-owner who doesn't want to participate or if someone is looking for crew, can't do all of the events, etc. 

- Fleet Dinner / Awards / 2015 Planning Meeting: Saturdays seem hard, so I'm thinking that a Sunday early evening post frostbiting would work better.  Options are Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14.  If you have a strong preference for or against a particular date, please let me know ASAP.  Otherwise, I will set a date and let everyone know.  Location will be at LYC since it is centrally located between the folks who live in NYC and those in CT. 

Great season everyone -- let's continue the racing down south before the polar vortex returns
Larchmont YC Fleet
Viper 269 "Great Scott!"
Formerly Viper 222 "Ghost Panda" and Viper 161 "Vicious Panda"